Q. My papillon has lost a front tooth and has tarter problems and bad breath. Would he need anesthesia for a cleaning?

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A. Yes, all dental procedures in pets are performed under anaesthetic, even descaling and polishing because it is very unlikely that pets keep still long enough. It is also safer to use a general anaesthetic as it prevents them to inhale the fluids produced during the procedure. This is what we generally do in first opinion practice in the UK, let' s see if anyone else from the U.S.A. has got different experiences.

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