Portland animal groomer has calming effect on pets

Portland animal groomer has calming effect on pets

Photo courtesy of Betsy Lewis | Quincy, a Great Dane, is one of Lewis’ favorite clients. She says her service is a safer alternative for giant breed dogs like Quincy, older pets and those with health issues such as heart murmurs.

Member name: Daniel Ellis

Company name: K9 Dental

Category: Animal Grooming

Was work done? Yes

Hire again? Yes

Approximate cost: $150

Description of work: "Betsy [Lewis, the owner] does a thorough cleaning of your pet's teeth in the home without anesthesia."

Member comments: "Betsy obviously has a way with dogs. When she arrived, my miniature schnauzer immediately liked her. She took the dog into a quiet room and they both emerged after about an hour.

"I carefully inspected my dog's teeth and the transformation was astonishing. Her teeth were as clean as they possibly could be and she still wanted to give Betsy kisses. Betsy recommends a six month return and the fee is cut in half for that cleaning and subsequent visits. The results were truly remarkable - I'm sold!"


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Dennis Chaney

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NOTE: The following is general information for consumers, and NOT a review of the above business.
The pet dental cleaning (the removal of calculus and plaque) done by unlicensed persons without supervision by a veterinarian is illegal in Oregon, and some claims made by people doing the dental cleaning are deceptive. It is irresponsible to claim that the cleaning done by an unsupervised lay person is the same as professional dental cleaning at a veterinary practice. While cleaning the surface of the teeth may improve appearance and sometimes helps to improve the animal's breath, underlying problems will be masked. It is possible to damage the enamel surface of the teeth and accelerate the build up of plaque and tartar. In general, the superficial cleaning causes a false sense of the pet's health, and the consumer does not see the need for regular dental examination by a veterinarian. It takes years for the neglect of teeth and gums to surface, and by the time the consumer sees the effect of the neglect it is too late.
Ask yourself this: Would you go to an unsupervised, untrained, and unlicensed person for your own, or your children's, dental care?
The Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board is the state agency that licenses and regulates veterinary medicine in this state. This information is provided in the interest of protecting consumers and their pets. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Dennis Chaney, OVMEB Investigator, 971-673-0224

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