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Old 07-15-2017, 01:27 AM
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My 4-legged kids need their teeth scraped, scaled and polished, so I made an appointment two Mondays from now. (first available opening)

Well respected local vet provided an estimate of the costs with a detailed list for an "almost worst case" scenario, and it was like $560 per pup.

Seems a bit high to me... what did you experience when you got your dog's teeth done?
Any recommendations for a low cost alternative that does not involve an international border crossing?
Old 07-15-2017, 04:12 AM
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I've paid about the same amount as you before but sometimes less. I don't know why it differs. Same vet.
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I've had mine done several times. Don't think it's ever broken $500 but always close to it. I like when they give you "worst case" numbers.
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Check on getting insurance or with your policy if you have it. For mine there is a wellness amount which can be applied to it. That alone pretty much pays for the policy.
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I consider my vet to be on the expensive side. Had my doodle done last year and was just under $300. Her teeth were in good shape tho other then needing cleaning.

How much is he wanting just to clean, no other probs?
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The name of our local vet is "affordable vet care"
Cost for teeth cleaning is 100. Have ours done every year
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I paid around 450 at a higher end vet.
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Originally Posted by crazybeard View Post
Check on getting insurance or with your policy if you have it. For mine there is a wellness amount which can be applied to it. That alone pretty much pays for the policy.
Yep. Ours has paid for itself every year.
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I think there is a big difference whether anesthesia is used. $500/year is more than most people spend on the dentist assuming no problems. Why is it so expensive for the vet? I think its a bit of a money grab.
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I think there is a big difference whether anesthesia is used. $500/year is more than most people spend on the dentist assuming no problems. Why is it so expensive for the vet? I think its a bit of a money grab.
How many dogs do you know that would sit still for a dental cleaning?
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Paid 410.
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How many dogs do you know that would sit still for a dental cleaning?
True story. I was in Florida two winters ago. My 'Doodle needed grooming. I inquired around and got the name of someone. Now I'm out in BFE Florida, ok? SO I finally find the place and drop her off. I was a bit sceptical as it was a doublewide community out in the stix.

I get a call and they say she's ready but we have a "surprise for you". I'm like, WTF? SO I go and pick her up.....the groomer has an assistant that is also a dental hygenist. She says, We got your dog to lie down and we scraped her teeth and she let us do it. Granted it wasn't a full fledged cleaning but she laid their and took it!

The grooming price was dirt cheap so I doubled it and we were all happy campers!
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Wife is in the biz in Huntersville. They charge $350 which includes cleaning, anastesia and necessary prior blood work. Extractions are extra.
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
True story. I was in Florida two winters ago. My 'Doodle needed grooming. I inquired around and got the name of someone. Now I'm out in BFE Florida, ok? SO I finally find the place and drop her off. I was a bit sceptical as it was a doublewide community out in the stix.

I get a call and they say she's ready but we have a "surprise for you". I'm like, WTF? SO I go and pick her up.....the groomer has an assistant that is also a dental hygenist. She says, We got your dog to lie down and we scraped her teeth and she let us do it. Granted it wasn't a full fledged cleaning but she laid their and took it!

The grooming price was dirt cheap so I doubled it and we were all happy campers!
I know of two who it might be possible with but it's rare. Mine is one. Doubt most vets would take the risk or want to chance their time seeing if it is possible.

Now I've never had a "cheap" grooming for my doodle ever. Where was yours? Might be worth the trip! Normally $120 or so.
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LOL $500 dog teeth cleaning. 1%-er problems
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Pretty good if bloodwork is done.
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Originally Posted by crazybeard View Post
I know of two who it might be possible with but it's rare. Mine is one. Doubt most vets would take the risk or want to chance their time seeing if it is possible.

Now I've never had a "cheap" grooming for my doodle ever. Where was yours? Might be worth the trip! Normally $120 or so.
Not sure if be worth the commute from the Bahamas but it was near Astor, Florida. Been couple years ago. Couldn't tell ya the name or any contact info. Was referred by lady in hair salon when I got a haircut.
This past March, I took her to a lady in Salt Springs who did a wonderful job of cutting her short but she charged around $80 if I recall.
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
Not sure if be worth the commute from the Bahamas but it was near Astor, Florida. Been couple years ago. Couldn't tell ya the name or any contact info. Was referred by lady in hair salon when I got a haircut.
This past March, I took her to a lady in Salt Springs who did a wonderful job of cutting her short but she charged around $80 if I recall.
Well I've been doing it myself the last couple times. I'll tell you they earn that $. It is a ton of work even with using just clippers over everything. Next time back in the states I'll probably take him to a groomer to fix whatever I've messed up by then.

Even $80 is pretty reasonable compared to what I was paying at $120 ish. ouch.
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Pretty good if bloodwork is done.
That cost estimate includes lab work, bloodwork, anesthesia, the procedure(s), some antibiotics, plus Vaseline for me in paying the bill.

Pups have never had it done before (ages 6 and 4) and the 4 year old has stopped eagerly chomping down his Milk Bone treats. Lots of buildup evident and the 6 year old's breath is just terrible.
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On my previous dog (not a very active chewer) we would clean her teeth ourselves. My wife would hold her and sooth her, and I'd use the instruments and get them cleaned... my dentist friend gave me a set of the tools (Scaler? I think?... not sure of the names, but I would pull the crap off those teeth and they would be 100% perfect. I would do the uppers on day one and the lowers on day two. It was a TON of work and the dog didn't make it easy!)

On my current dog... totally different pup. She is an EXTREMELY active chewer. To give you an idea... elk antlers are nothing for her. Forget any of the "usual" dog chews... they last minutes and they're gone. The magic part of this post is in the elk antlers. My current dog's teeth are almost perfect and we've had her almost 3 years. I actually *want* to clean her teeth...but there's really nothing to clean. She is tolerant, so it would be easy.

I *have* read that antlers can wear the teeth... but if this dog doesn't have antlers she'll start eating people. LOL.

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