January 2016 Issue

Anesthesia Today: Safer Than Ever

Don’t be alarmed when it’s necessary for a periodontal treatment such as teeth cleaning — complications are rare.

You may be hard-pressed to find scientific studies on this, but anecdotal evidence abounds at veterinary clinics: When owners learn their cat needs a “dental cleaning,” a lay term for periodontal treatment, most of them are alarmed — specifically about the risks of anesthesia. Some even delay treatment because of their concern.

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