Originally Posted by Nanci
DYK why does it cost $500-$1000 to clean a dog's teeth? Who can afford that??
DYK, two main reasons it can be expensive.
One, the animal must be put under full anesthesia to do the cleaning, which means pre-anesthetic bloodwork, an IV catheter with fluids to induce, maintain hydration, and provide venous access in case of emergencies, monitoring equipment, a dedicated tech monitoring/maintaining the proper anesthetic level while another one cleans the teeth, and a dedicated tech monitoring during recovery and post-op to make sure everything is going okay.
Two, most people have dental insurance. My cleaning + 3 fillings was $300 because I don't have dental insurance. That's without having to put me under.
The dentals at my work run from $395 and up, depending on extractions if any are necessary. And extracting teeth adds a great deal of expense. We're running a long term 'special' on the dentals. We also tend to combine them with other procedures to make it cheaper over all.
Spaying your old dog? Do a dental at the same time at the price of the special, tack on *just* the surgery price, none of the extras (that are already covered in the special) and you end up with about the same price as the spay, and doing much more!
DYK, also, most of the dentals we do are on ooooold dogs with teeth rotting out of their heads so the owners care less about the cost, and more about the dog no longer breathing death on them.