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    $500 quote for a dog dental

    I took my old dog (14) in for a checkup and to schedule a dental cleaning. it was $193 for the exam and pre-dental bloodwork and then $309 for the cleaning with caveat that the actual cost could be higher.

    Does that seem really high? I had to say no and just pay for the exam ($53).

    The vet said his heart/lungs sounded fine and he appears in excellent health.

    nope i have heard friends complain about $700 dentals for their dogs.


      I would be more conceded about a 14 year old dog going under for the cleaning. We have two dogs (one 14 and one 15) and our vet will not do their teeth because they are just too old to put under.


        Originally posted by ladybugsbw View Post
        our vet will not do their teeth because they are just too old to put under.
        Age is not a disease. Unless your dog has a heart murmur, chronic kidney disease, or some other "complication of old age", age alone does not increase anesthesia risk. I LOVE providing high quality anesthesia and analgesia care to my patients (but I work in an ER, where I don't do elective procedures - if I anesthetize something it's because it needs it).

        OP, if your 14 year old dog has never had a dental cleaning and thorough oral exam under anesthesia, then the quoted figure doesn't surprise me. Did that include an IV catheter and fluids, some fudge factor for possible extractions, dental radiographs, and pain meds +/- antibiotics to go home? If so, that's a bargain.


          that is why the costs are high for older dogs. you need to include the cost of the bloodwork to determine if it is safe to put them under. 14 for a lab may be old, but not for a terrier.


            Dental for a healthy dog here runs from $200-$280 depending on extractions. Some dogs have great teeth and others not genetically blessed in that area. Three of mine have to have dentals regularly. if you break down the cost, the actual procedure is less than $100 but the meds, etc add up. I will say it is well worth the money IF there is a real need.
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                It was about 200-250 with an exam and to get our dog an anesthesia free dental a few months ago. The vet had mentioned she would be a good candidate last time she was in so we tried it- her teeth looked great after and they said they were in really good shape. (She may have got a shot too while she was there.)

                Do you have an anesthesia free option? There is a person that comes to our vet once a week to do them.


                  Originally posted by wcporter View Post
                  rawhide is much cheaper
                  until you add the cost for obstruction removal...

                  500$ isn't that high.
                  I spend 400 on my cat for fluids, etc and a day's worth of observation when she got mauled by a stray dog, a shade over 500 for her brother when he managed to puncture his eye on a Saturday morning...the meds add up in a hurry, that is certainly true!


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                      Just say NO to anesthesia-free dentistry for dogs! NO! The subgingival scale is important and cannot adequately be performed in an awake patient. That's a terrible idea.

                      Here's the position statement from the American Veterinary Dental College:


                        Just under $300 was quoted for my 8 y/o dog, including the PAP. I would not do a dental without a PAP.
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                          I'd never put a dog under anesthesia just to do a dental cleaning. There are services out there that will clean your dog's teeth just fine without risking your dog's life by knocking him out.

                          Or you can just skip the cheap kibble diets that are the major cause of dirty dog teeth in the first place.


                            Wendy, please see position statement from the AVDC above. While there is always some risk to anesthesia, for the vast majority of pets the potential benefits far outweigh the potential risks.


                              Originally posted by FatDinah View Post
                              I took my old dog (14) in for a checkup and to schedule a dental cleaning. it was $193 for the exam and pre-dental bloodwork and then $309 for the cleaning with caveat that the actual cost could be higher.

                              Does that seem really high? I had to say no and just pay for the exam ($53).

                              The vet said his heart/lungs sounded fine and he appears in excellent health.
                              Gotta love the small animal practices. The further south out of Kansas City one drives the lower the fees for the same services. Your quote is what one would pay up in the city. 15 miles south at the practice I use the actual dental would cost $150, a pre-dental blood work up $90. Extractions extra. Funny thing is this, my vet use to work in a city practice but bought into one "out here". Same vet, same service, new location, different price.


                                My cat cost me $800, what with extractions and all.


                                  We are not talking about dirty teeth here, rather things like abscesses or broken teeth which cause the dog pain and suffering, not to mention the fact that infection in the mouth can cause problems with other organs. Kibble and rawhide can't even be eaten if your dog has abscessed teeth.
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                                    He had a cleaning three years ago and it was about $250, which is what I was anticipating. SLW, that was with a nearby small town vet who did a lot of work with a rescue I fostered for and this is a Value Vet practice in Nashville.
                                    With your comment, I called and it'll be $300 with IV, etc.
                                    I just had to put down my horse and that was almost $600 and just had annual equine shots/ teeth for my remaining one for $200. So that $200 difference is significant.


                                      That would be why I'm avoiding the vet here and they've lost a lot of clients for good--that's way too much. Basically they want Chicago prices in Michigan's version of redneck land. I'm taking my cat to the TSC clinic for his vacs that are due because when I took two of my dogs and one cat in for annuals, the total for shots for the three of them was more than $400! (Plus one blood test that took almost an hour because it "didn't run" and they had to haul poor Puff in back again. Cherry on the top of the overcharge sundae: the tests were "normal but this one number is towards the low end of normal, bring him back in a month for more tests and a fecal." No, thank you.)
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                                        That price seems on the higher side, but normal and to me, expected. Some veterinary practices also have discounts on dentals in certain months.
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