Many pet owners have questions as to why it’s necessary to use anesthesia for dental cleanings.  These are valid concerns and The American Veterinary Medical Association has created a great podcast on that very topic.

More pet owners are aware of the importance of dental care for their cats and dogs. But some pet owners are opting for teeth cleanings by non veterinarians at pet stores or groomers instead of a thorough oral examination and cleaning by a veterinarian. Some people are using this option because they believe it is less expensive than going to a veterinarian, or they’re afraid to have their dogs put under anesthesia. So why should you insist on a veterinarian cleaning your pet’s teeth? In this podcast, Dr Jan Bellows, a board-certified veterinary dentist with All Pets Dental in Westin, Fla., and president-elect of the American Veterinary Dental College, talks about proper dental care in pets.

via AVMA