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£250 to clean teeth?

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LoftDweller Thu 24-Nov-16 12:35:02

I've just been told this is the minimum I'll pay to have my small mongrel's teeth cleaned. It'll go up to £350 if she needs any extractions. Does this sound like a lot?

Soubriquet Thu 24-Nov-16 12:38:43


It cost me £100 to have my jrt cleaned. But this was a good 6-7 years ago, so maybe the price has gone up

pigsDOfly Thu 24-Nov-16 12:40:10

I imagine it depends where you live to an extent. I'm in the South East.

I paid £361 - not sure what the £1 was for - to have my dog's teeth cleaned about 6 months ago; no extractions, but that did include bloods, which all came back normal thankfully. So would think £250 without bloods would be about right.

StressedOuMyMind Thu 24-Nov-16 12:40:45

Sounds normal to me. My first dog had to have annual dentals and the last one had quite a few extractions and was £450.

daisygirlmac Thu 24-Nov-16 12:40:59

Yes that's a lot. I paid £265 last year to have my JRT sedated, full teeth clean and 10 extractions shock

StressedOuMyMind Thu 24-Nov-16 12:41:22

I'm in the north.

LoftDweller Thu 24-Nov-16 12:42:03

I'm oop north. They've offered the bloods as well for an extra £40.

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Thu 24-Nov-16 12:42:40

I'm in the south east. One vet quoted me £400 to anaesthetise my old dog and clean his teeth. I changed vets and got it done for about £220. That was about four years ago.

StressedOuMyMind Thu 24-Nov-16 12:43:19

You could always shop around, I guess you don't have to stick to the same vet. It takes a long time which I think is why the price can add up.

daisygirlmac Thu 24-Nov-16 12:43:20

I'm in the north too

randomsabreuse Thu 24-Nov-16 13:04:00

It's a general anaesthetic procedure so vet plus nurse, pre op bloods depending on age/risk profile etc.

Shinyshoes2 Thu 24-Nov-16 13:15:53

Dogs teeth need to be cleaned confused ... My jrt has never had his teeth cleaned in the 9 years ive had him
I did bring it up once but my DP told me not to be so stupid
I'm a terrible dog owner

Soubriquet Thu 24-Nov-16 13:30:45

Depends on the dog Shiny

My jrt was a rescue. After having him for several years, I noticed that when he chewed his treats he was leaving blood traces on them. So took him to the vet who said he needed his teeth cleaning and maybe an extraction.

pigsDOfly Thu 24-Nov-16 13:44:14

Also, I get the impression some breeds are more prone to tooth problems than others.

I brush my dogs teeth every night, if I remember, not sure if it helps but it makes money for the toothpaste manufactures and the dog likes the taste.

LoftDweller Thu 24-Nov-16 14:03:42

Her teeth are thick with plaque and she has death breath. My other dog had his cleaned at the same time as his castration and that was under £100 for the lot! Different vets though, I suppose I'll just have to suck it up.

OldTownNew Thu 24-Nov-16 14:08:09

If they do it at the same time as another op (as with your other dogs castration) then you're not paying for the anaesthetic, you'll just be charged for the extra time which is why it was only an extra £100 smile

OldTownNew Thu 24-Nov-16 14:09:51

Just re-read your last post - £100 for castration and teeth?! Wow that's really cheap! I work in a vets (south west) and the price you've been quoted seems right for around here but shop around if it's a lot for your area smile

Twooter Thu 24-Nov-16 14:12:42

Although really most vets don't liked ping dental sat the same time as other operations as you get more risk of infections.
Cost will vary, not just to make more profit for the owner but some practices may use more expensive drugs, more up-to-date equipment, better qualified staff, more pain relief, do a more thorough job. So it's not always a case of being ripped off if the cost is higher.

LoftDweller Thu 24-Nov-16 14:13:58

I would like to shop around but when I phoned for a quote they made me bring her in for a pre-op before giving me a price so I assume others will do the same?

LoftDweller Thu 24-Nov-16 14:20:37

Just rang my old vets and they're going to call back this afternoon with a quote smile

PhoenixJasmine Thu 24-Nov-16 14:24:35

They should do - how else can they estimate the cost, unless they can assess the animal to see what work needs doing, how it will need to be done, if there are any additional concerns for managing the anaesthetic etc. It should be an estimate not a quote as well.

Straightforward dental procedures around here (London) would be £250-400 depending on size of animal, complex procedures requiring multiple surgical extractions, X-rays, high level post GA care, meds at discharge etc can be £800-1000 easily. Pre-op bloods £60-100 depending on what is felt to be appropriate for the individual.

pigsDOfly Thu 24-Nov-16 15:03:50

Not sure about the idea of shopping around. I moved to this area about 18 months ago and did quite a bit a research when looking for a new vet - as I always have done in the past when moving, well, as much as you can tell from looking at their website and asking around - and liked the look of this practice.

If it was something as simple as a routine jab I might not worry, but if my dog is going to be having an anesthetic and I'm paying a lot of money for the procedure I want it done by someone I know and trust.

Floralnomad Thu 24-Nov-16 15:12:15

I'm in the SE and anything involving an anaesthetic at our vets is about £500 including bloods

villainousbroodmare Sun 27-Nov-16 20:28:56

In my practice we do pre-anaesthetic bloods as routine; most animals also require iv fluids, antibiotics and some pain relief if the are extractions. And yes, it's time-consuming and skilled.
Start brushing your dog's teeth afterwards and it'll be a long time before it needs to be done again.

orangeyellowgreen Tue 29-Nov-16 20:34:34

Humans having, e.g. Impacted molars extracted, don't get blood tests, iv fluids or antibiotics or any check ups afterwards. Pain relief is paracetamol.
No wonder vets charge so much.

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