(Closed) Dog having anesthesia for teeth cleaning – what can I expect?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
4311 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

The dog might. Our two dogs are fine. The pug had extractions like 6 of them last year and with pain meds he was fine within 2 weeks. It’s a very common procedure 🙂 just prepare to see your baby super groggy lol.

Post # 4
9114 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My mom’s dog was put under for a cleaning & minor surgery to remove puppy teeth. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. They just clean their teeth like you clean yours. No soreness, redness or bleeding gums.

Your dog will be real mellow and “tipsy” for a while as the anesthesia completely works out of her, but I expect nothing spectacular will happen.

Post # 5
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My cat had it done with no side effects.  I had heard one horror story (cat was never the same( but also positive ones.  I also trust my vet  It all went wonderfully.  I wish you the best with your dog.

Post # 6
2465 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

our dog was fine after he had his teeth cleaned the one time we did it, maybe a little woozy that night but I don’t remember. he had a couple teeth extracted so I think we soaked his food so that it’d be soft/easier to eat for a couple days, but that was it.

Post # 7
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

My previous dog, a pomeranian, would be grumpy (even snapped at me once) for a few hours afterwards which I chalked up to being groggy from the anesthsia.  I kept an eye on him but left him alone until he was ready to cuddle.

I decided to brush and use cleaning toys for my rescue dog because I didn’t like the idea or the stress of putting him under anesthesia to have his teeth cleaned unless it was necessary (such as for a broken tooth like you mentioned.)

Post # 8
25 posts
  • Wedding: January 2013

My dog had his teeth cleaned a few months ago.  He is 10 and he came through it just fine.  He wound up having 4 extractions and as other have said he was just groggy that day.  He was on antibiotics for 2 weeks and the first couple of days we had to moisten his food since we feed him dry food.  My question is how do you keep there teeth clean afterwards? Vet advised me to take a cotton ball and just rub it across his teeth and that would be enough.  I tried it but i dont feel like it is doing anything,

Post # 9
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My dog is actually having that procedure done today. She is a sheltie and has always had pretty bad teeth. The best way to get her teeth cleaned is to do it this way and I have never had any problems or issues with it. I figure it’s better to do that than to have her lose teeth when she gets older.

Post # 10
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have a rescue dog that has to be put under for his teeth cleaning. I took him in for his first visit, and his teeth were pathetic. He was really moody, so when I came back the 2nd time around I ahd to give him a pill to make him semi-dopey.

They put him under for his cleaning and when he came to he was fine. He has a bunch of other procedures at the same time, but I’d say the only thing was he didn’t feel like eating for two days, and that is ok.

Post # 11
15 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

So other commenters have touched on this, but to be clear – it will literally seem as if you dog is drunk for the next 6-12 hours. Don’t let them go up or down stairs – mine tried and fell down in a non-graceful fashion.


Same goes for furniture. You don’t want the dog to hurt themself accidentally by jumping on/off the couch cause they’re “drunk.”

Post # 12
25 posts
  • Wedding: January 2013




@blitz2013:  This is true they really are out of it afterwards. I forgot how we had to carry him up and down the stairs.

Post # 13
5400 posts
Bee Keeper

My suggestion would be to make it clear to the vet what they can/can’t do without permission. Our dog went in last year for a cleaning/extraction (she broke a tooth falling down a couple steps) and they pulled SEVEN teeth without our permission. I mean, we got over it because they were decayed and needed to go, but a phone call would have been nice! She was totally fine within a week though (really cranky for a day, but who wouldn’t be). A cleaning should slow her down for a day but no big deal. Just so we don’t sound like terrible dog owners, our other dog has perfect teeth and has never needed a cleaning or anything. The vet just shrugged and said some dogs have bad teeth, even though she’s only like 4!

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