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Melbourne’s own Anesthesia Free dog teeth cleaning specialists

Anesthesia free dental cleaning for dogs across Melbourne

Canine Dental are Australia’s first anesthesia free teeth cleaning service for dogs. Instead of sedatives or anesthetics, we use dog whisperer techniques to connect with your dog to calm them and connect with them, then carefully swaddle them to make them feel safe and secure.

We use a human dental scaling tool to clean every millimetre of the tooth surface and under the gumline. Everything we do is done by hand and without any electronic tools or machinery. This means there is no noise, which keeps your dog at ease and makes everything as low stress as possible.

We believe this is a much safer holistic approach to dental cleaning for dogs and an excellent complementary therapy to what’s currently available.

How do you clean the teeth without anesthetic?

At Canine Dental, we use dog whisperer techniques to get your dog calm and connected to us, so they trust us to work on their mouths.

We use a careful swaddling technique where we wrap your dog up like a baby (yes even the big dogs!) so that they feel safe and secure, just like they do when they wear a thunder-shirt for anxiety. We lay them between our legs on a big comfy mattress on the floor and start to gently, calmly and carefully work on their mouth.

We do a full dental scale of every surface of each tooth, including under the gum line and at the end we polish the teeth. All of this is done with a human dental scaling tool by hand, without the use of anesthetics, sedatives and without any loud, noisy mechanical or electric scalers or polishers.

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Is my dog going to get stressed out or feel any pain?

Most dogs do well with the process, we take our time with the dogs and use dog whisperer techniques to get them calm and receptive to us working on their mouth and our swaddling technique helps even the most anxious dogs relax and feel comfortable. Many dogs are so relaxed they fall asleep while we’re working on their mouths! Your dog is treated gently and compassionately, just as we do for our own dogs. We never have the need to use force on the dogs, there is no pain and they do not suffer. 

If there are any issues that mean we cannot continue the dental cleaning**, we will stop and contact you. Our first priority is the dog’s health and well being. Be assured your dog is safe and in good hands.

** There are exceptions to every rule and there are some issues that very occasionally means a dog is not going to cope with our anesthetic free dental cleaning, such as dementia (in some elderly dogs) and severe PTSD (often found in with rescue dogs).

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Do you use any chemicals or electric/mechanical tools?

The only substance we use is coconut oil when we polish the dogs teeth after cleaning each tooth and under the gum lines with our human dental scaling tool. We do everything by hand and do not use any loud, noisy mechanical or electric scalers or polishers.

The most technology we’ll use during a treatment is an aromatherapy diffuser with calming essential oils to aid the atmosphere of calm and well being in the room where our hygienist is working, as well as and iPad take before and after photos of your dogs mouth – that’s about it!

Everything we do is designed to minimise stress and encourage relaxation and well being in our client, your dog!

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Does anesthesia free dental for dogs get the same results as going to the vet?

Yes, we perform a full dental scale of every tooth, where we clean under the gum line and polish the teeth with the same results as the vets. The only difference is we don’t use anesthetics, sedatives or any loud, noisy mechanical or electric scalers or polishers. We use a human dental scaling tool and do everything carefully and thoroughly by hand.

We are dental hygienists and not veterinarians, if we find an issue that’s outside our area of anesthesia free dental cleaning, we will contact you immediately and recommend you take your dog back to a veterinarian for appropriate medical treatment.

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How long does the anesthesia free dental cleaning for dogs take?


Our anesthesia free dental cleaning service for dogs takes approximately 90 minutes. We take our time to get to know your dog and get it comfortable with us. We take before and after photos (which we send you in a follow-up email with our recommendations) and do our anesthesia free dental clean.

This gives us time to gently but thoroughly clean every surface of every tooth in your dog’s mouth (and under the gum line) and then give each tooth a thorough polish at the end. We also spend the time speaking with you if you have any questions, and we can give you recommendations for maintaining your dogs dental and overall health.

This process can sometimes take longer than a standard vet visit, but our priority is on making your dogs feel calm and safe as well as ensure you have all your questions answered.

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How long does an anesthesia free dental clean last?

It all depends on the condition of your dog’s teeth, it’s diet and often it’s genetics. Some dogs just have teeth that need more attention than others, for example collies with their long pointed muzzles means they cannot chew hard on raw meaty bones and often need more dental care.

We will give you the best advice we can for your dog’s condition, breed and needs at the time of your first dental clean. We may recommend your dog has a yearly dental with dietary changes or additions to maintain the teeth in between cleans. Alternatively, we may recommend your dog be on our 3 monthly maintenance program if required.

Visits for a maintenance program are done at a discounted rate and will go a long way to ensuring very little escalates into a serious issue for your dog.

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See Dr Phil Sacks’ overview on anesthetic free dog teeth cleaning

Dr Phil Sacks from Burwood Vet recently recorded a video with us with an overview of our anesthesia free dental for dogs.

Canine Dental are grateful to be working out of his practice, so it was great for him to share his overview of what anaesthetic free dental for dogs covers and what it doesn’t.

Anesthesia free dental in Burwood for dogs across Melbourne

Canine Dental are based in Burwood, Victoria which is approximately 14km east of the Melbourne CBD, and within the council areas of the City of Monash and the City of Whitehorse.

Dog owners bring their dogs in from all over Victoria, but being based in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne, we are the local and anesthesia free teeth cleaners for dogs across:

Within 5km

  • Ashburton
  • Ashwood
  • Auburn
  • Balwyn
  • Bennettswood
  • Burwood East
  • Blackburn
  • Blackburn South
  • Box Hill South
  • Camberwell

Within 5km

  • Canterbury
  • Chadstone
  • Glen Iris
  • Malvern East
  • Mount Waverley
  • Mont Albert
  • Surrey Hills
  • Tooronga
  • Wattle Park

Within 10km

  • Armadale
  • Armadale North
  • Balwyn East
  • Blackburn
  • Box Hill North
  • Carnegie
  • Caulfield North
  • Forest Hill
  • Glen Huntly
  • Glen Waverley

Within 10km

  • Greythorn
  • Hawthorn North
  • Hawthorn West
  • Hughesdale
  • Malvern East
  • Oakleigh
  • Oakleigh East
  • Pinewood
  • Prahran East

Book Your Dog In Now

If you’d like to book in with the first Anesthesia free dog teeth cleaners in Australia, get in touch now