Top Reasons for Pet DeclinesMarch 12, 2021
Health and behavioral issues come into play when declining a pet for a non-anesthetic dental cleaning.
There are many factors that will determine whether the pet is a good candidate for non-anesthetic cleanings.
- If a dog or cat has a history of seizures and cannot stay calm or relaxed during a dental cleaning, the pet may be declined. Anxiety can be a trigger for seizures.
- If your dog or cat is experiencing pain, we will decline them.
- Pets that are limping, crying, trying to bite, or whimpering before or during the procedure are signs that a dental cleaning without anesthesia is not safe for your dog or cat.
Every pet parent needs to complete a medical history form for their pets before an appointment.
Behavioral issues that are a decline
If a dog or cat is anxious or aggressive, we will decline that pet and ask the owner to work with their veterinarian on a treatment plan.
The pet mustn’t have a negative experience during their dental cleaning, and an anxious animal may thrash or refuse to be safely restrained.
Aggressive dogs that may bite pose a serious risk for our technicians. If the pet tries to bite out of fear or stress, staff will decline the dog.
10 Oral health issues that are a decline
Advanced periodontal disease
Mobile teeth (canines, molars, and carnassials)
Tooth root abscess
6 Special declining considerations
These six health issues must be discussed during the initial consultation. The pet’s veterinarian will need to give our staff a written consent for a non-anesthetic dental cleaning before proceeding. The dental may not be do-able.
According to VCA Hospitals, megaesophagus is considered a combination disorder in which the esophagus (the tube that carries food and liquid between the mouth and stomach) dilates (gets larger) and loses motility (its ability to move food into the stomach). Vomiting may be an issue for the pet.
If a dog or cat has a history of seizures and cannot stay calm or relaxed during the dental cleaning, they’ll be declined.
3. Blood disorders and immune diseases (e.g., Thrombocytopenia)
Blood disorders and any immune disorders are an automatic decline of non-anesthetic dental cleanings.
Pets with pale gums are a medical emergency, and they must be seen by a vet immediately.
4. Advanced congestive heart failure
Heart disease is a condition that may cause a non-anesthetic dental to be declined by your veterinarian or oncologist. The condition may cause symptoms like coughing to worsen, and many medications may also make this procedure difficult for the pet.
5. Excessive movement
Pets that aren’t able to be safely restrained are not good candidates. The pet may injure themselves or the dental expert.
6. Collapsing trachea
Tracheal collapse in dogs is characterized by incomplete formation or weakening of the trachea’s cartilaginous rings, resulting in the trachea’s flattening. The pet would need to stay still and calm while being restrained.