Would you consider cleaning your dog’s teeth without anesthesia?

I’ll be honest here, I don’t brush my dog’s teeth and I’m not going to start now.

On top of that, I know I don’t provide him with enough bones or bully sticks to chew on either.

Thankfully, Ace’s teeth don’t look THAT bad considering his age (10), but our vet of course recommends a professional cleaning.

One option you’ve probably heard about for your own dog is cleaning your dog’s teeth without anesthesia. This would still be done by a professional.

Jessica of the blog You Did What With Your Wiener? (yup, she’s got wiener dogs!) wrote a very helpful post on this topic. Read it here.

She has a 13-year-old wiener dog named Chester and decided to go with anesthesia-free dental cleanings for him. She said the procedure typically takes around 15 minutes for him. (Her photos are below.)

Cleaning your dog's teeth without anesthesia

Jessica’s post goes over how the procedure works, why she made that decision (vs. putting Chester under anesthesia or opting out of a dental cleaning all together) and why her dog was a good candidate for an anesthesia-free teeth cleaning.


I am pretty sure I’ve heard every argument in the book about Professional Outpatient Preventive Dentistry (POPD) – the technical term for anesthesia-free canine dental cleaning. If I haven’t, I am sure I will after people read this article. Despite the very vocal detractors, I feel strongly that I have made the right choice for Chester.

Read the full post here.

I didn’t realize there were so many people STRONGLY opposed to anesthesia-free teeth cleaning for dogs. In her post, Jessica acknowledges and addresses each of these arguments one by one and explains why the procedure is still the best choice for her dog.

Just a few of the common arguments against cleaning your dog’s teeth without anesthesia include:

  • “You’re just doing it to cut costs.”
  • “Anesthesia-free teeth cleaning is not as thorough as cleaning under anesthesia.”
  • “People performing this procedure don’t know what they’re doing.”

Jessica has some good answers in response to each of these arguments. Read her post here.

What do you think?

Have you or are you considering having your dog’s teeth cleaned without anesthesia?

Do you have any questions about the procedure or experiences to share?

Let me know in the comments!

Related posts:

I can’t afford a dental cleaning for my dog

Alternatives to brushing a dog’s teeth

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