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Doggie dental work?

The vet (who I'm not 100% enamored with) wants about $250 to clean our dogs' teeth.

Is that about the going rate?

created by billy on Mar 20, 2014 at 07:34:18 pm     Comments: 7

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That's pretty close...call St Francis Vet on Alexis in Sylvania for a quote.

posted by dino on Mar 20, 2014 at 09:41:31 pm     #   2 people liked this

Another vote for St. Francis, which has a separate dental unit in its facility. Part of the expense is the sedative and/or anesthesia, as dogs are frankly not as well behaved when getting poked in their teeth and gums as humans are (or at least as humans are expected to be).

posted by historymike on Mar 20, 2014 at 11:00:15 pm     #  

After you get his choppers cleaned, you can try subjecting him to regular brushing and maybe flossing. Dog experts say that you can wrap your finger in cheesecloth and put a little beef broth on it, then use it to clean your dog's grill. Good luck.

When I tried this with Excellent Rachmaninoff he wanted to eat the toothbrush. I eventually gave it up as a bad deal.

posted by madjack on Mar 21, 2014 at 08:20:06 am     #  

$250 doesn't sound unreasonable. Once cleaned, may I suggest a daily dental treat? Personally, I'd stay away from Greenies but that's just me. From day one, we've given our little guy a CET Dental Chew when he goes to bed (with me) each night. Those along with an at least weekly brushing has kept his teeth in great shape. In his 8 1/2 years, he's had only one professional dental treatment. We use a poultry flavored canine toothpaste. While it isn't his favorite thing to do, he's pretty good about it.

posted by Foodie on Mar 21, 2014 at 09:58:31 am     #  

It is quite expensive because they have to use meds to knock the dog out. Whatever you do, please, DO NOT let them use domitor. Ask what they will be using.
I have a sheltie whose teeth looked horrid- he does not eat dog treats, period. We started feeding him Beneful's "Healthy Smiles" dry dog food and he loves it. His teeth look 90 percent better and his breath no longer stinks. If that does not work, what Foodie says is also a good idea.

posted by golddustwoman on Mar 21, 2014 at 11:35:07 am     #  

Vet bills, unfortunately, are not cheap even for teeth cleaning. I had a dog that had a rotted tooth so the vet told me that he might be able to save it, which would be cheaper than if it needed to be extracted. Fortunately, he was able to get all the decay out and it was saved. Get a quote from Dr. Boudouris in Oregon. His rates are cheaper than most and he is highly regarded. Good luck, golddustwoman.

As for Domitor, I'd like to know how often this drug is used anymore. It is especially risky in older dogs, which are more likely to get dental cleanings.

posted by renegade on Mar 21, 2014 at 01:57:45 pm     #  

Domitor, aka "Medetomidine" is very dangerous in older dogs, those which are likely to get dental cleanings. It is not for dogs with kidney, liver, or any other health issue. Some vets like to use this drug because it is used for short surgical procedures, and another drug has to be administered to pull the dog out of the anesthesia. Sometimes, the dog can't be brought out of it. If you have an eldelry dog that has to have surgery, please ask for a healthier alternative than Domitor. Before your dog even needs surgery, have the vet put it in your dog's file to red flag for future procedures. I have a friend who learned the hard way when her new vet used the drug on a dog for pain following surgery and the dog was elderly with liver disease. The dog suffered terribly and died. Vet refused to believe it was Domitor, and my friend took the records to another vet, who said without a doubt, the dog died from the adverse effects of Domitor. Just asking pet owners to be more informed about such things. No excuse now that we have the Internet and we can look up these drugs and their effects. Nobody knows your pets like you do, not even your vet.

posted by golddustwoman on Mar 21, 2014 at 02:41:10 pm     #