Some mild tartar can be scaled with the dog awake...just depends on the dog and the teeth. If its up under the gumline your vet will likely recommend a cleaning under anesthesia.
I went to the web-site but could not find this instrument---can you walk us through how to locate it and purchase. I am a med. tech so think I could figure out (w/you) how to work it. Please advise.While I worked at a vet hospital I would watch them do dentals every so often. They used a tool for "popping" off the tarter that is not sharp but like a pair of plyers. It is a feline dental extractor and of course can be used to remove teeth by the vet tech or vet.. but they used it to squeeze and pop off large sections of tarter. I bought one and my dogs let me use it on their teeth and I like it because it is not sharp. Several of my breeder friends have gotten one and are amazed how easy it is to use and remove the "chunks" of tarter. My almost 7 year old female has never needed a dental and recently my vet looked at her teeth and complimented me on how good they look. Recently I got a female that was owned by my dear friend who is passed away and her teeth were heavily tarter covered. I have gotten it off but I am concerned that she may need a real dental done to be safe. www.shopvetmed.com is the website to find this tool made by Jorgensen 4 1/2# feline dental extractor. PM me for more details how to use this tool if you are interested.
Thanks, Cheri:chili:JOR42R - Feline Dental Extractor, Stainless steel. 4 1/2?. in Dental Products at Med-Vet International
That should take you to the product itself.
The Item# is JOR42R. It's $39.00 The only description says: Smaller Feline Dental Extractor with spring loaded handles. Shipping is $10 for a total up to $99.99.
If the link doesn't work, you can call 800.544.7521
Hope that helps someone.
Thanks, Tammy. I will give this a try. Do you use gauze pads or do you buy a roll and cut it?I feel your pain. I brush Benny and Emma religiously and Emma barely has any tarter where Benny has had to have 2 dentals. They get equal amount of brushing. I think genetics must play a part too....he is just prone to tarter more than Emma. I also found that wrapping my finger w/gauze and then applying the CET tootepaste allows me to clean their teeth better than the doggie toothbrush.