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Heather has cleaned the teeth of hundreds of dogs and has worked with dogs professionally since January 1988. She has seen most conceivable behaviors and has techniques to counter almost any dog’s response to having their teeth cleaned. That’s not to say that Heather can clean every pet's mouth, however she has confidence in her techniques and she and her patients have enjoyed considerable success.

Heather requires a verbal health screening with you to review your pet's existing heath issues, especially heart disease. Bacteria released during cleaning could cause serious medical problems in susceptible dogs unless they’re on antibiotics which can only be prescribed by a licensed Veterinarian. Heather then insists that you watch her inspect your pet’s mouth before she begins so she can tell you what she sees. After inspection, Heather will decide if your pet is a good candidate for non-sedation teeth cleaning or if your pet requires more extensive examination by your Veterinarian.

WARNING:

Not all dogs or cats are good subjects for non-sedation procedures, particularly pets with advanced dental disease that may require extractions, as these pets are in extreme discomfort. A good practicing K9 Hygiene Specialist should insist you see your Veterinarian first and will then help maintain your pet's oral health with non-sedation methods. Further, Heather recommends a licensed Veterinarian inspection before and after her procedure to ensure continual effective oral health care.

There are four steps in the cleaning process that will be used on your pet:

  1. SCALING removes the tartar at the gum line, inside and outside the teeth using surgical instruments specially designed for an animal's teeth.  ULTASONIC PIEZO scaling is also available for animals who accept it.
  2. POLISHING smoothes the surface of the teeth and helps to remove bacteria that accompanies tartar.
  3. FLUSHING removes dislodged tartar from the teeth and helps to remove bacteria that accompanies tartar.
  4. GUM TREATMENT  Oxyfresh pet oral gel is applied to the gums to help reduce inflammation and restore gum tissue damaged by gingivitis. This treatment is to be continued at home along with a regular home oral care program.
Tips:

Do not feed your pet for 2 hours before cleaning. Take your dog for a long, quiet walk before the dental cleaning. This will help your pet to relax.  Try a few drops of Bach’s Rescue Remedy – available through health food stores or online - it will also help to calm your pet.  See your Veterinarian before and after treatment if you have any doubts about your pet’s condition.

After Care:

Please do not give your pet any kind of food or treat for 2 hours after cleaning. This prevents any bacteria from getting into your pet's mouth during gum treatment.