The Australian Veterinary Dental Society, a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association, has recently produced some guidelines to clarify to the profession and if necessary, to the public, what is considered to be a professionally performed dental examination and treatment in dogs and cats. These guidelines cover the both dental prophylaxis and treatment of periodontal disease. Click here to check out these guidelines on the AVDS website.
There is also a Position Statement on teeth cleaning in conscious dogs and cats on the AVDS website, which was written to draw attention to the need for general anaesthesia to allow a thorough dental examination and treatment in these species. It is the position of the AVDS that these procedures cannot be adequately performed in a conscious or sedated patient. Click here for further information.