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Is this non-anesthetic cleaning as good as a dental that I get at my regular veterinarian under anesthesia?

For most dogs with mild to moderate tartar who accept the procedure, yes this cleaning is essentially the same as the one that is done under anesthesia in a veterinary office.

 

We use exactly the same ultrasonic and polishing equipment as your regular veterinarian.

 

If during the veterinary exam before the cleaning procedure it is determined that either the amount of dental disease is too great or your pet isn't a good behavioral candidate for the procedure, we will stop and refer you back to your regular veterinarian for an anesthetic dental cleaning.

How can you clean my pet's teeth without anesthetic when my own vet can't?

We have spent a lot of time perfecting the non-anesthetic teeth cleaning procedure. Through blanket swaddling and other "fear-free" techniques the vast majority of our pets can have their routine tartar and gingivitis cleaned without having to undergo general anesthesia.

You say that my pet should be 100% healthy for the procedure. Why? is it dangerous?

You say that my pet should be 100% healthy for the procedure. Why? Is it dangerous?

So call and make an appointment TODAY! 

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FAQ

Is this non-anesthetic cleaning as good as a dental that I get at my regular veterinarian under anesthesia?

How can you clean my pet's teeth without anesthetic when my own vet can't?

We have spent a lot of time perfecting the non-anesthetic teeth cleaning procedure. Through blanket swaddling and other "fear-free" techniques the vast majority of our pets can have their routine tartar and gingivitis cleaned without having to undergo general anesthesia.

You say that my pet should be 100% healthy for the procedure. Why? is it dangerous?

You say that my pet should be 100% healthy for the procedure. Why? Is it dangerous?

But one of the reasons I want a non-anesthetic dental is because my pet has a chronic condition that makes anesthesia dangerous for my pet. Can they get the non-anesthetic dental?

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Why are you splitting vaccines? My regular veterinarian gives them all at once.

Over the past several decades, research has shown that the more vaccines you give together, the more likely the chance of a primary vaccines reaction and even secondary immune-mediated problems. For cats that includes cancer at the vaccine site.

Dr. McCray follows Dr. Jean Dodds' (considered one of the foremost vaccine medicine experts) vaccine protocols which highly recommend only one vaccine given at once.

 

Most general practioners simply do what they have always done. It will probably take another ten to fifteen years for this new research to be integrated into daily veterinary practice, but Dr. McCray, says, why wait?

 

If there is even a slim chance this vaccine research is correct, why risk vaccine reactions, immune-mediate problems or even cancer when we can avoid the risk by simply splitting the vaccines by a few weeks or months? 

Questions & Answers

Which are core vaccines?

For dogs:

Distemper

Parvo

Rabies

For cats:

Panleukopenia (feline distemper)

Rabies

Which are lifestyle vaccines?

For dogs:

Bordetella (kennel cough)

Leptosperosis

Lyme

Rattlesnake

For cats:

Leukemia

If it is so easy, why can't I just scrap the tartar off at home?

Why don't you offer Leptospirosis vaccines?

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease in dogs that all mammals can catch. While Lepto can be quite serious, we simply don't have it in the area.

 

According to both the CDC and Washington State Veterinarian, no cases of Lepto have been noted in Thurston county, nor the counties surrounding us. The closest county is King County.

So if you plan to travel to lepto areas, talk to Dr. McCray because lepto is quite a complicated disease and usually only effects dogs that spend a large amount of their time hunting/camping/hiking in the deep back country.

Why are Heartworm tests and prevention not standard in this area?

Unlike lepto, there have been cases of heart worm in the area, however they were not of local origin, meaning the dog contracted heart worm somewhere outside of Washington State but was diagnosed here.

Due to the lack of natively acquired heartworm disease, many veterinarians in the area do not recommend annual testing and year round

So checkout our locations and head out to one of our clinics!! 

Want more info, call: 360-388-1094

You say you do non-anesthetic dentals yet you recommend sedative for some pets? What's up with that? Is it non-anesthetic or not?

While non-anesthetic dental cleaning is an extremely safe procedure (after thousands of cleanings Dr. McCray has not had a single fatality, nor even a pet have to be hospitalized after the procedure. As a matter of fact she's seen more negative side effects from nail trims than from a non-anesthetic dental cleaning), it is stressful. Like nail trims and anal gland expressions, any time you restrain an animal, it is stressful. Of course your pet doesn't want their teeth cleaned. Heck, I don't even like it when I have my teeth cleaned.  You just never know how much stress an individual pet can handle so we like them as healthy as possible before the procedure so that they sail through it without any problems!

Let's say that your pet was sneezing before the cleaning then started sneezing worse after the dental, was the sneeze naturally going to get worse or was it the procedure that created the worsening of the sneeze? That's why we want your pet 100% healthy before the procedure!