Calgary

Controversial teeth cleaning for pets pops up in Calgary

Alberta's veterinarians are raising concerns about advertisements for anaesthetic-free teeth cleaning on dogs and cats.

Veterinarians question service for cats and dogs

Winston waits before going through a private anaesthetic-free teeth cleaning which veterinarians call unsafe. (CBC)

Alberta's veterinarians are raising concerns about advertisements for anaesthetic-free teeth cleaning on dogs and cats.

"It's in your house, you don't have to put them under. Obviously it's not as expensive as if you take them to a vet," said dog owner Amber Forsythe.

Linda Ivory owns Happy Teeth, a mobile teeth cleaning service for cats and dogs.

Ivory charges up to $225 to scale and polish an animal's teeth. "This helps with dog breath. This is hygenic. It's not to take the place of what vets do."

Veterinarians in Canada and the United States say the unregulated industry is unsafe.

"It's misleading," said Calgary veterinarian Kent Morley. "This isn't going to be something that can help their pet. In fact it can harm their pet and they're going to be given a false sense of security that they're actually doing something beneficial for their pet."

He says dogs need work done under their gumlines and that is something only a veterinarian can do once the animal is sedated.

The Alberta Veterinary Medicine Association says it's seeing an increase in calls from members who are concerned about the practise.

On our local TV news tonight starting at 5 p.m.  you can see what the Association is doing to address these concerns.