dental cleaning and extraction for dog

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  1. lovin'fl

    lovin'fl DIS Veteran

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    My dog is an 11.5 year old cairn terrier. He had his teeth cleaned twice previously. The last time being two years ago and they pulled three teeth then. Since he was 9.5 then, I was told by that vet that he was getting up in age where he won't be able to be put under. So I said to be aggressive on that dental visit since it would be his last...they pulled three teeth and total cost was like $600. Then, 7 months later they told me he needed his teeth cleaned again....uggghhh. I held off until today. And we have since moved and are at new vet. They quoted me $350-500. They called me while he was under to tell me he was now at $500 and then they discovered he needed 12-15 teeth pulled and it would be about $1000-1200. What!!!!

    I said to be conservative but if she felt a tooth needed to be pulled, go ahead. I will not be doing a dental again. Not sure he can due to his age. And may find new vet. We took DS's cat there for shots and they were expensive as was the quote for his neutering ($400).

    This is all odd to me since we never had our dogs' teeth cleaned when growing up. They were fine. Though we had bigger dogs. After this, I really hope it helps his breath....the other two cleanings did not.
     
  2. EverestExplorer

    EverestExplorer Earning My Ears

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    I have a yorkshire terrier and teeth problems are definitely more common in smaller dogs than larger dogs. I had a similar situation happen with mine, he went in for a "routine" dental cleaning, I go about every 2 years. I had just moved so was using a new vet. They ended up pulling 6 of his lower teeth including his lower canines without consulting me! I was not happy! It ended up doubling the price of the "routine" procedure and I think I ended up paying around $800. With your dogs age and that many teeth being gone, hopefully you won't have to go through that again.
     
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  4. aprilchem

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    We have labs and have never had a dog's teeth cleaned - our vet said it's not really necessary or warranted unless the dog is having issues.
     
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  5. elgerber

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    I never had a dog get a dental cleaning...until we got a 7 pound rat terrier. She has the WORST teeth ever. She has had 21 teeth pulled in two different cleanings. And frankly, she is probably ready for some more. I swear I want to tell them, just take them all! She is almost 13 and tiny, so I don't know if there is ever a point they won't want to put her under again.
     
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  6. snoodledoo

    snoodledoo Loves Jiminy Cricket

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    We were talking to someone yesterday (not a vet), who said that little dogs don't produce as much saliva as big dogs. The saliva serves to move food particles out of the mouth and since the little dogs don't have as much, their teeth are worse than big dogs. :confused3
    We haven't kept up with dental visits for them, and one of them had to have a tooth pulled yesterday. We just bought some spray for daily care - hope it helps!
     
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  7. Pea-n-Me

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    Yikes, he is going to need doggie dentures!!

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  8. Pea-n-Me

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    Sorry, lovin' I could not resist! You know I have a Cairn too and I worry about his teeth! He's a bugger about anyone touching his mouth!

    I don't know what to say. You're sort of stuck between a rock and a hard place, I suppose. I would not be very happy, I can tell you that!

    Was he showing signs of dental disease? Mouth pain? Weight loss? Difficulty eating?

    It seems there would have been something going on clinically if he had that much dental disease.

    I did have a dog die during surgery so I only do surgery if absolutely necessary. I don't think I'd put any "limits" on what I'd do in the future, though, because it does make the vet have to think a different way, perhaps.

    I guess you'll have to talk to this vet about it and make a decision about whether you want to continue on with her.

    In the meantime, you will need to feed your dog soft food. It hurts like the dickens trying to chew hard kibble on gums.

    ETA Oh, and give him a scratch for us!
     
  9. lovin'fl

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    You know these cairns are tough little buggars so he showed very little signs of dental issues. He ate like crazy and was his peppy usual self. The only things were the stinky stinky breath and he licked randomly all the time. The sofa or just in the air. And we could see his teeth were brown. He wouldn't let us clean them or look at them. Not good with nail clipping either. Stinker.

    Just picked him up and they pulled 11 teeth. Poor fella isn't his spunky self. I have him snuggled up next to me on sofa. Oh, and cost was $1K. Eeek!
     
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  10. longboard55

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    when our dog finally died at 18, I do not think she had hardly any left. The problem is once they start going they can't eat the hard stuff anymore so they get worse. Check around for a cheaper vet
     
  11. tzolkin

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    Unless they’re greyhounds...
    ugh. I need to get mine in for a cleaning and I’m not looking forward to the expense.
     
  12. elgerber

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    My dog is down 21 teeth and she still eats hard food.
     
  13. tlcdoula

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    Hope your little one is feeling better now..

    One of my Chihuahua's are going in Tuesday to get a dental done, he is 10 and this is his third one. They have quoted me $1100-$1700 ugh... But he has a bad mouth bite is off and the poor little guy has a tongue that is about 10 sizes to big for his little mouth. I am hoping this is his last one, I have asked them to take any tooth that looks like it will be an issue because I don't want to put him under again after this. My old man is a Manchester Terrier and is 15 and I had to put him under to get a dental done last year and I was so scared he wouldn't make it because he also has cushings disease, but he did great and has been eating fine. We do mix some soft food in with his hard because he has a hard time eating enough hard food to keep weight on him.
     
  14. lovin'fl

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    My tough guy bounced back by Wednesday afternoon. He even ate Wednesday morning. All night, Tuesday, he would not look at me...lol, guess he was mad. But a little can dog food Wednesday morning and he was over it. I guess I will stop the pain meds...maybe one last dose tonight.

    tlcdoula....best wishes for your little fella on Tuesday. Mine wouldn't drink water for 24 hours until I put a little milk in a bowl with water (like 1/3 milk and 2/3 water). He drank that. The vet wasn't worried about it though, since they gave him IV fluids and they said there is water in the can dog food.
     
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  15. SharonZ

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    My vet suggested my cat having a dental cleaning. While he was under, he had his teeth x-rayed so they could tell what definitely needed removed as opposed to a visual decision.
     
  16. Monykalyn

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    My 13 year old lab has had to get dental cleanings past couple years-and he just had 6 or 7 teeth pulled as well last week. Have never had this issue in labs before, but he is an odd dog-never liked to carry stuff in mouth nor ever went through puppy chewing phase like previous dogs. He is only fed hard food (grain free real food brand) and gets real cow bones (thick leg bones) to chew-which he does when the marrow is in there! So his teeth should have been in good shape...
    Our vet bill this time was nearly $800.

    Glad your lil guy has bounced back OP!
     

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