Dental Care

Preventive and therapeutic dental care for dogs and cats

Why is dental care important?

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 dental disease progression, a routine dental cleaning is required to remove tartar and bacteria and evaluate the teeth below the gum line.

Expenses

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 CT imaging is performed, there is no way to give an accurate estimate before 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.

Estimated Range for Dogs and Cats

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 estimated range for dog and cat dental care is $375 – $600 but can be as high as $700, and includes the following:

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Pre-anesthetic workup (Bloodwork +/- ECG depending on patient age and health status)*

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Sedation and Anesthesia

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Dental radiographs and or Dental CT Scan

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Dental Cleaning

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Extractions if indicated

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Polish and Fluoride

* If bloodwork or ECG determine that additional tests are recommended prior to anesthesia, those will be offered to the pet owner at regular cost. Antibiotics will be prescribed as indicated at regular cost to the owner (average $15-30). Pain medication will be prescribed as indicated at regular cost to the owner (average $15-50).

Dental Images

View some of our before and after photos of our patients’ dental cleanings.

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. The owner presented this dog because of worsening breath.

This dog had discomfort eating. An oral exam revealed tartar, but nothing significant. 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. Before 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 with a swollen face and abscessed tooth. CT shows that the cat suffered from a bone tumor that had been 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, overcrowding, 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.

Daytime Columbus

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