Any experience with dog dental procedures?

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

My dog had a routine dental cleaning that required anesthesia. It’s pretty common for smaller dogs, as their teeth are just susceptible to tartar. He didn’t need any extractions, but those are pretty common as well. It was a pretty simple experience– he was just at the vet’s for a few hours, and when I picked him up, he was very sleepy but didn’t seem to be in any pain. After sleeping the rest of the day, he was back to normal. And his teeth were pearly white! I’ve been trying to avoid frequent cleanings (you’re right– it was surprisingly expensive!) by brushing his teeth regularly.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

AnonymousCupcake:  I can’t believe your vet didn’t talk to you about dental care! We brush our dog’s teeth and give him dental chews. He also has a doggy safe mouth wash that we add to his water. Oral care can cause some pretty serious health issues and our vet always highlights this to us. Having said that, I do think it’s a pretty common occurrence. At least it’s been caught and will be fixed. Then I’d recommend focusing on prevention.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

AnonymousCupcake:  Hey there! My puppy (1.5 years) just had to have a dental procedure because he broke a molar by chewing something she shouldn’t have been chewing. Even though her teeth and gums were healthy, thhey did a dental since she would need an extraction anyway. She had stitches and everything, but she acted like nothing happened. It was no big deal at all, and trust me, I was worried. 

Also, I am a personal assistant and my boss has five dogs. Her dogs have had their dentals recently, and there have been no complications. Some of them also had growth removals. It’s no big deal at all! Don’t fret!

Post # 7
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Worker bee

My dog had four teeth pulled out.  He was fine and it was necessary. 

But yeah there’s no way it just popped up. My dog’s teeth got that bad due to 5 years without seeing the vet.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My dog was 12 when she had her first dental, they put her under, cleaned them plus pulled some that were not in good shape. She had about 4-5 teeth pulled, but they called first to ask. They would have just cleaned if they didn’t reach me. Was about $200, I forget the exact amount!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Mine (2.5 years) just had 3 teeth pulled and the rest cleaned! He did fine, way better than I did. He’s a pomeranian and they shaved his little leg and his neck. I was not expecting this so I was shocked and heartbroken when I picked him up, because I’m really particular about his fur! Mine cost $325! 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

AnonymousCupcake:  She’s a miniature dachshund, with tiny teeth maybe?  Plus cost of living in the area might change the price.  It was definietly less than $300.   

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

AnonymousCupcake:  My pomeranian who is 9 had a dental cleaning around age 6… It was pricey! About 250-300$ if i remember correctly. She will probably need another one in a year or so — its common in small dogs, and it is def something owners need to do so the teeth dont get really bad and painful! I was a nervous wreck when my dog was under anestesia, but she came out happy and healthy:)

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

AnonymousCupcake:  Whoa, edited to add– 1k?!?! You may want to call a few vets and get pricing. I know I had a coworker who picked up a stray that needed a bunch of extractions and a cleaning and a vet downtown quoted him 1200$ but our hometown vet where I grew up did it for 400$ — so definitely check around if you dont want to drop a grand! Smaller town vets may have better pricing.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My pooch had her teeth cleaned before and she also had a tooth removed.  Like PP have said, I don’t think my dog even noticed she had a tooth removed.  I asked the vet if my dog would notice the tooth missing or if my dog would have difficulties eating her dry kibble.  The vet said the dog probably wouldn’t notice the missing tooth and she shouldn’t have any issues eating her kibble, the vet was correct.

I’m not sure why the estimate your vet provided varies so much from the low end to the high end.  I think my dog’s tooth cleaning and tooth extraction costed about $300, seven yrs ago.  My vet was able to provide a very accurate estimate of the cost.  My dog’s vet is a bit more expensive than others in my area but she is an excellent vet.  

Hopefully the vet bill for you will be at the low end.  I’m sure everything will turn out fine.   🙂

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

In high school I interned at a vet’s office, and I observed many dental procedures.  They’re very standard, and you should have nothing to worry about.  Most older dogs will need an extraction or two – just like older humans tend to have cavities.  They use general anaesthesia because it is simply too hard to have a dog stay still while so much is going on in their mouth. I never witnessed a dog have any adverse reaction, so don’t worry!<br />

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