At the Rascal Animal Hospital, we offer preventive and therapeutic dental care for dogs and cats.

Dental care is one of the best ways to help keep our pets healthy and comfortable. Dental disease not only causes pain and bad breath, it can also result in organ disease from the spread of infection through the blood.

Same as for us, taking care of our pet’s teeth is a combination of at home care and regular professional dental cleanings. While dental treats, brushing, and other home products are recommended to help slow down the progression of dental disease, routine dental cleaning is required to remove tartar and bacteria as well as evaluate the teeth below the gum line.

One of the main concerns with dental care for pets is the expense of the procedure. This expense occurs because pets must be under anesthesia for proper dental cleaning and examination. Because we do not know what we will find until X-Rays or CT imaging is performed, there is no way to give an accurate estimate prior to the procedure. This makes it very difficult for pet parents to budget for their pet’s dental cleaning.

At the Rascal Animal Hospital, we have created a dental estimate range that we hope can help with the cost aspect of the procedure. The estimate range for dog and cat dental care is $300 – 450 and includes the following:

  • Pre-anesthetic workup (Bloodwork +/- ECG depending on patient age and health status)*
  • Sedation and Anesthesia
  • Dental radiographs and or Dental CT Scan
  • Dental Cleaning
  • Extractions if indicated
  • Polish and Fluoride
  • Pain Medication if indicated**

* If bloodwork or ECG determine that additional tests are recommended prior to anesthesia, those will be offered to the pet owner at regular cost.

** Estimate includes up to 5 days of anti-inflammatories. Pets requiring additional pain medication due to extensive oral disease will have an additional charge.

Antibiotics will be prescribed as indicated at regular cost to the owner (average $15-30)

To schedule an appointment, email us at or call us at 614-791-7729

Dental images

2-year-old Husky-Shepherd mix with dental tartar before and after cleaning. Notice the mild redness along the gum lines even though there is very minimal tartar. This dog was presented by the owner because of worsening breath.

This dog had discomfort eating. Oral exam revealed tartar, but nothing significant. Oral X-Rays under anesthesia revealed a fracture of the root of the lower second premolar beneath the gum line. After the tooth and root fragment were extracted the dog did not show discomfort while eating.

Dental disease and infection can seriously affect the root. This lesion could not be observed while the dog was awake. Once under anesthesia, we found the abscessed tooth and ulcerated gum tissue. Prior to cleaning the tooth just appeared to have moderate to severe tartar. After removing the tartar, it was clear the bone around the tooth was completely eroded from infection. The tooth was removed and the gum healed.

The importance of advanced imaging. This cat presented for a swollen face and abscessed tooth. CT shows that the cat suffered from a bone tumor that had was eating away the bone of the maxilla. Without imaging, this cat would have had a cleaning and extraction which would not have improved the condition or quality of life.

Persistent puppy (deciduous) teeth can cause displacement of the adult teeth, over crowding, and infection. It is important to remove puppy teeth that have not fallen by the time the adult tooth is coming out. Small breed dogs are more predisposed to this condition.

Dr.G on Daytime Columbus on NBC4 discussing dental care and our dental promotion