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  • Cost for canine dental cleaning?

    I got a $450 quote from my vet to clean my jrt's teeth (who weighs 10 lbs). The dog is approx 6 years old and I got him alittle over a year ago from a local rescue.

    The quote seems a bit high but maybe there's something I'm missing. Even I can tell he needs the cleaning done, but it's such a small mouth!

    Just wanted to tap into the collective wisdom on COTH to hear what other people have paid.

  • #2
    I pay about 1/2 that. And for BIG dogs. If I were you, I'd ask for that price to be itemized for you, then I'd shop around.


    • #3
      I paid $200 in January for a dog with HORRIBLE teeth. There were 23 extractions (granted most of them were pulled out with fingers, but still...) She is a 21 pound cocker spaniel. I had her spayed, a few masses removed, her dentistry and anal glad removal due to chronic infection for $505.


      • #4
        That seems high. I think mine average ~$200, and that's with most or all of the "optional" items on the itemized list the vet gives me.

        We are in a somewhat rural area, and my vet's clientele don't tend to be big spenders on animal healthcare, so some things, like pre-surgery bloodwork, are optional.
        Full-time bargain hunter.


        • #5
          Definitely too high ... I paid about $175 for a mobile veterinarian to come do it.


          • #6
            I paid just under $200, might have been $180ish, but I did have them check bloodwork first because he was an older dog. No extractions.
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            • #7
              Vets charge a bundle in my area - I paid @ $500 for my (RIP) old dog with 2 extractions; that price included pre-op bloodwork.

              I'd called around beforehand looking for a range of estimates, and they were all pretty high. Apparently the market here supports those prices!


              • #8
                For the Northeast, I'd say that your estimate is probably spot on to slightly low if that includes bloodwork, IV catheter, and fluids. If you're working on the mouth of a pet which is in rough shape, it can be a very time consuming process. I cleaned Poppy's teeth early on, and it took less than 15 minutes. I took care of my friend's rescue pug last fall and it took me 45 minutes (more anesthesia time than a dog spay) to clean the ones which could be saved and to extract the ones which could not. Heck, I don't have dental insurance, and my last cleaning (for which I am of course awake, no catheter or bloodwork) cost me $212


                • #9
                  I paid $200 in January for a dog with HORRIBLE teeth. There were 23 extractions (granted most of them were pulled out with fingers, but still...) She is a 21 pound cocker spaniel. I had her spayed, a few masses removed, her dentistry and anal glad removal due to chronic infection for $505.
                  Good Lordy...poor dog was a mess, huh?

                  I have a neighbor's dog, well my dog now, and he just had his teeth cleaned 2 weeks ago. $365.00 give or take and he had 2 extracted. That does not include the pre-anesthesia blood test which was done the week before but I can't remember what that cost. Not much IIRC.

                  About 6 months (?) or so ago he had a dental exam and had 15 extractions...like Snowflake's rescue the vet said they came out "like buttah." Anesthesia, blood test, etc came to $745.

                  I'm in CT and I hear of cleanings running anywhere from $300-$600 on average.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by EdwardCrawford View Post
                    Definitely too high ... I paid about $175 for a mobile veterinarian to come do it.
                    Was the dog anesthetized? Were dental radiographs taken? Was an IV catheter placed? Was ultrasonic scaling performed? Did the dog get any pain medication or antibiotics? Were there any extractions?


                    • #11
                      Dont forget you get what you pay for.

                      Does your dog have IV fuids running? What about a qualified trained technician (not an "assistant") to monitor your pet during their anesthetic.
                      Does a vet actually look at the teeth (and measure pocket depth, neck lesions etc) or it is a tech who just cleans them?

                      This will mean a great difference in price.

                      Basic cleanings here run around $500-$650. Depending on anesthetic length and if further work needs tobe done it could run $1000 or more.

                      My friend took her cat into get his teeth done (he was 5 or 6). Sketchy practice, only was going to charge $150. Well, they got the call that their cat died during the procedure. The "assistant" who was monitoring the cat didnt know how to work the anesthetic machine properly and forgot to open the pop off valve (pressure valve), so, kitties lungs expoded.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by EdwardCrawford View Post
                        Definitely too high ... I paid about $175 for a mobile veterinarian to come do it.
                        Seriously? Wow, that vet must be working for peanuts! Around here, a 1 hour salary for 1 vet and 1 tech is $175. How did he place the catheter and run the IV fluids? What monitoring equipment did he bring?


                        • #13
                          $300-450 for large breed in my expensive area.

                          I have it done every year. Sigh. And get the lecture every year about cleaning his teeth myself.

                          But ya know, I do a lot for my dogs. I'm just not gonna stick my hand in their mouth every other day and grub around with a rubber thing, thanks.

                          So for about a buck a day, I get the pros to do it.
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                          • #14
                            It's $500-$600 here. I paid over $600 for an extraction of a tooth with a slab fracture.
                            ETA: That was with a 20% discount.
                            You are what you dare.


                            • #15
                              I have 10 and 11 year old doberman and never paid for a teeth cleaning. I give them raw chicken necks or leg quarters now and then. It keeps their teeth clean and free of tarter.

                              This works for dogs that already have tarter, too.

                              It won't help with dogs that have bad teeth.