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Involving ACVAA diplomates to decrease anesthetic risk

I am writing on behalf of the Board of Directors of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA). Our board members read with interest the JAVMA News story1 in the February 1, 2016, issue discussing the ongoing debate surrounding the use of anesthesia-free dentistry in companion dogs and cats. The ACVAA has previously stated that it supports the American Animal Hospital Association's guidelines requiring that all dental cleanings in dogs and cats be performed with the animal under general anesthesia and endotracheally intubated.2

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