Ask Dr. Richards

March 2008 Issue

Ask Elizabeth: 03/08

Dear Elizabeth, I am an elderly cat owner. Iím old and so is my girl, Pearl. Over the years, we have gotten used to many changes in visits to our veterinarian. For example, Pearlís "yearly shot" is no longer annual, and screening lab work is an expected part of her exam. These changes have been explained to me and I accept them, but there is one thing I just canít get used to. Years ago our vet would take a few minutes on the exam table to clean Pearlís teeth. Pearl didnít like it much, but the vet was able to take care of her teeth without anesthesia right in the office. Now, that office procedure just isnít offered; instead our vet is recommending anesthesia for dental cleaning. Pearl has visible tartar on her teeth, but why canít my vet just clean them in the exam room?

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