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Dog Dental Care - Teeth Cleaning

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Dog Dental Care - Teeth Cleaning

I have inherited a Maltese-Bichon small dog. He is in real need of dental cleaning, possibly extraction. His Vet is quoting $700+ for cleaning plus additional cost if any extraction is required.

This is way too much! Does anyone know of a vet that can do this for a 1/3 of the price quoted here in or around Toronto (GTA)?

I have heard that this service is much cheaper south of the border. I think this would more than justify a day trip to Buffalo. Does anyone have experience with vet services in Buffalo or Niagara Falls U.S. side?

Thanks.

Fred.
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That pricing sounds accurate based on vet care in the GTA.

My main concern would be follow up care. You have a small dog, and things can happen post op.
If you go across the boarder, or drive hours away you'll be limiting yourself for free follow up should it be required.
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Considering the savings, it would probably be worth the drive even if follow-up is required and you had to either go back or pay out of pocket for follow up.
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If you can find a school that trains the people who do animal teeth cleanings, they can be had at a substantial discount. There is one in my area (not near Ontario) that does it for well under $100 (if I recall). It's just done on a cost-recovery basis.
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I've had both my dogs teeth cleaned and it cost about $1500 each.
IMHO you get what you pay for..I took mine to Dr French at the VEC in Toronto.
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I work part time at a clinic. We do not charge no where as that much. How old is your dog? I imagine its about 10-20lbs? I think dental scaling with us is max $500 including bloodwork and IVs, extraction is $25 per tooth. If you are really interested, PM me and I can give you a quote.
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Didi_beee wrote: Wtf... I work part time at a clinic. We do not charge no where as that much. How old is your dog? I imagine its about 10-20lbs? I think dental scaling with us is max $500 including bloodwork and IVs, extraction is $25 per tooth. If you are really interested, PM me and I can give you a quote. I can probably give you a 5-10% discount too if I say you're a friend
Where is this clinic located???! And who's the vet? (Name pls)
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MrsPotato wrote: Where is this clinic located???! And who's the vet? (Name pls)
Vet is located about 10mins from Square One. I won't give you the name yet but she's really good and takes her time to explain everything to you and she's Korean. I'm wirking tomorrow. I'll reply to this thread with some price quotes.
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Ok so for a dog thats 15-30lbs, the price of dental scaling is $330 plus tax. This includes the pre-examination, in-clinic medication amd general anesthesia. Optional items like pre-anesthetic blood test is $65 and IV is $56 but its required for dogs 7yrs and above. If you need extractions, its $25 per tooth unless theres tons of extractions needed then the doctor can probably work something out with you.
Hope this helps!
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Didi_beee wrote: Ok so for a dog thats 15-30lbs, the price of dental scaling is $330 plus tax. This includes the pre-examination, in-clinic medication amd general anesthesia. Optional items like pre-anesthetic blood test is $65 and IV is $56 but its required for dogs 7yrs and above. If you need extractions, its $25 per tooth unless theres tons of extractions needed then the doctor can probably work something out with you.
Hope this helps!
That sounds pretty reasonable for an Ontario vet. Still much cheaper in NY State though.
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Didi_beee wrote: Ok so for a dog thats 15-30lbs, the price of dental scaling is $330 plus tax. This includes the pre-examination, in-clinic medication amd general anesthesia. Optional items like pre-anesthetic blood test is $65 and IV is $56 but its required for dogs 7yrs and above. If you need extractions, its $25 per tooth unless theres tons of extractions needed then the doctor can probably work something out with you.
Hope this helps!
In my case my dog needed about 28 teeth pulled..the full xray showed the extent of the bone loss and which teeth could stay. The xray was the main reason I paid $$$$..assume your price doesn't include them? For just a cleaning your rates look very fair.
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jackie999 wrote: In my case my dog needed about 28 teeth pulled..the full xray showed the extent of the bone loss and which teeth could stay. The xray was the main reason I paid $$$$..assume your price doesn't include them? For just a cleaning your rates look very fair.
Wow 28 teeth? Xray at our clinic is about $165 for 2 views? Not sure if there's a special type of xray required for the type of procedure your doggie needed.
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Didi_beee wrote: Wow 28 teeth? Xray at our clinic is about $165 for 2 views? Not sure if there's a special type of xray required for the type of procedure your doggie needed.
This was one of those 'panoramic view' xrays that did the full mouth. It was a little more expensive since you're paying for Dr French ..she's very good. You can catch her on some vet emerg shows...
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Wow, pulling 28 teeth out of a dog? What's left after that?

I took my dog to do his cleaning once. Had to put him under while they did it....Costed a couple hundred can't remember the exact price maybe mine wasn't too bad $200-400?....Vet's most likely aren't there to scam you out of your money. It has to cost that much and it's worth it. Doesn't mean you have to clean it all the time. You can hold off for now if you feel it's too much. Eventually, I hope you realize your bond is worth the money and youll bite that one time bullet of $700 for the dog.
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It does sound a lot! I did my cat teeth in Vancouver, BC and it was 570$ including pre blood work, anesthetic, IV, extraction of a small tooth next to canine and course of antibiotics + a bag of dental food as a promotion which I donated. It was a 10% off promotion for that month, but even regular price would be OK.
It's a normal vet clinic, regular for my cat.
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how do you tell if your dog is having a dental problem? I realize their teeth can build up with stains and tartar, and that can be brushed either with your finger and some gauze or a toothbrush, and there are things you can add to his water to help freshen breath, etc. If I just go to a vet and have him check the teeth, can I expect an honest evaluation, because I don't want to have my dog put under and go thru the stress and expense unless it would be absolutely necessary.
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sulz101 wrote: I would like to know how I can tell if my dog is having a dental problem also.. Just so that I am aware in future as I have seen a lot of products to treat dental issues.

Bad breath, build up of tartar, gums look red or inflamed and are receding.
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I had two tumors removed and teeth cleaning for under $600 in NY. It costs more than that for teeth cleaning here.
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geez looks like the vet industry is the same as the the car insurance industry. i was on vacation in charlotte nc last fall and I decided to get my dog's teeth cleaned. it was under $200 and that's with 6 extractions at $8 a piece and pain meds. they called me to make sure i was ok with the extraction price.
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Curious, do you folks feed your dogs soft or dry food?
It always seemed to me that Pets fed dry food have fewer dental issues.
Although we have a dog with a very bad underbite and her teeth will likely fall out.

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