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Old 02-07-2012, 09:00 PM   #1
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Bella needs to have a tooth extracted. They left me a voice mail with prices for a dental with extraction ranging from $365-$631
First of all, she is elderly and doesn't have very many teeth left; has some, but not a lot. They mostly fell out. I think a big part of that is her medical condition (addisons disease) and has been on prednisone for years.
I am literally shocked they want to charge me that much. Am I wrong? They have literally gotten every penny out of me for this dogs care due to her illness and several emergency stays, not to mention the medication she is on is the most expensive there is (docp injections). I have also been very ill this past few years and my care has cost me thousands, plus I have 2 other dogs. I just don't have anything left.
Sooo, are these charges reasonable or do they seem excessive? Especially for so few teeth, or are the charges mostly the anesthesia??

I'm also afraid to put her under in her frail condition and she has an enlarged heart. Yikes!

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I don't know anything about dental extraction, but, if the vet may think she will need to have them all pulled eventually, do you think it may be wise to do the rest at once? I'm just saying that b/c the money is probably going towards the anesthesia, iv, medication, doc, nurses, etc, and not just yanking a tooth out, per say. I wouldn't want to put her under four more times (or however many she has left) to do the rest. Plus, that is a hefty price to pay to yank a tooth. But, you don't want it to rot away in her mouth b/c that can cause more damage as I'm sure you already know. Good luck!!!
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Some of the cost might be pre-op blood work. I always have that done before mine are put under for surgery. Where I live the bloodwork is about $150. The whole thing usually costs about $450, unless they have gone up since last summer.
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Some of the cost might be pre-op blood work. I always have that done before mine are put under for surgery. Where I live the bloodwork is about $150. The whole thing usually costs about $450, unless they have gone up since last summer.
Thanks, he already ran blood work on her. I need to call them and get an itemized billing and get her taken care of.
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Thanks, he already ran blood work on her. I need to call them and get an itemized billing and get her taken care of.
I can't remember what we payed for Dexter's dental but I know that it was not more than $120 and that was blood work included I remember them saying that if he had to have teeth extractions it was $5 a tooth that was back in 2010.
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That sounds like a complete cleaning and extraction, and still very expensive. None of the Vets. here charge that much. Could you get a couple other opinions?
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Wow, I am shocked at the price differences!! The only thing that I hesitate about getting a different vet is Bella has addisons disease which is hard to manage (not to mention has used up every last dollar I have) and I would be afraid for another vet to care for her. I am going to call around this week though and get prices as I have 2 other dogs that need cleanings (very bad breath) and I just can't afford paying somewhere between $1000-$3500 for that!
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They really get you on the dental work. I lost Dee Dee our first Yorkie at 10 years of age from cancer. My husband was with me when they diagnosed her but we took her to 4 vets and everyone started in on what dental work had to be done before they addressed the cancer. They all wanted between $1200.00 to $1500.00. The main thing is the anesthesia, do they have someone who monitors the dog while they are under and watch them carefully until they come out of it. It would have been useless because before they could operate on Dee Dee's ear where the cancer started, she developed a large lump behind her ear on her neck. We kept asking if the cancer could have spread and they all said no which was a lie. After she lost weight and become very ill one of the vets was honest said you know we are losing her. They make a lot of money on dental work but the thing is I don't like to put my dogs to sleep unless it is necessary. My other dogs were a Doberman who had excellent teeth her whole life, a german shephard, same, and I raised poodles for years. No problems with them either. I wonder if due to the fact that Yorkies are so small and a deliate little dog they don't eat large bones or chew on hard toys and bones? My son has Shi Tzues (spelling?) and their Vet scrapes their teeth and keeps them clean when ever they go to the vet for any problem or for grooming. NOT where I live.
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Saydee just had a dental last week. It was $140 for everything. Minnie and Rily had to have baby teeth removed during their spay/neuter. My vet only charged a couple of dollars per tooth, but, of course, that was baby teeth.
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Saydee just had a dental last week. It was $140 for everything. Minnie and Rily had to have baby teeth removed during their spay/neuter. My vet only charged a couple of dollars per tooth, but, of course, that was baby teeth.
Yes, that is the normal price range. Anything more than that is what ever the Vet. want's to personally make. Some Vets. are in it for just financial gain and others are truly compassionate and fair.
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I have been thinking of dental for my 2. I came across this thread and I knew it was expensive but I am shocked at the prices. I called my vet and the price is 319.74 for level 1, 344.74 level 2, cost difference depends on amount of tartar. Plus exam 53.50
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dentals are done in the AM, they stay until 4:00 in order to monitor all day
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So the total will be for each between 373.24 and 398.24 that's a lot of money
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The dental prices I have been quoted here is $350-$600 depending on the level of tarter and how many teeth have to come out.....This does not include pre blood work, for that add on another $80-$120 depending on the size of the test.

In the past year is was about $450 for a cat and $600 for a dog. Two years ago it was only $250 for the dog. I think this is outrageous.....
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[QUOTE=jp4m2;3831664]The dental prices I have been quoted here is $350-$600 depending on the level of tarter and how many teeth have to come out.....This does not include pre blood work, for that add on another $80-$120 depending on the size of the test.

In the past year is was about $450 for a cat and $600 for a dog. Two years ago it was only $250 for the dog. I think this is outrageous..../QUOTE]

Crazy which is why i have never done it. Esp since i have prob spent at least 10 grand over the last several years treating her illness and then i developed several autoimmune diseases and im tapped out. I dont mind paying to have her bad tooth removed, but find $600 excessive. When i asked about price for extraction only, it was amazingly the same price as extraction with dental. Hmmmm.
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I have been thinking of dental for my 2. I came across this thread and I knew it was expensive but I am shocked at the prices. I called my vet and the price is 319.74 for level 1, 344.74 level 2, cost difference depends on amount of tartar. Plus exam 53.50
Both levels include
pre-op blood work
general anesthesia
antibiotic injection
ekg
fluoride
nail trim as a bonus
dentals are done in the AM, they stay until 4:00 in order to monitor all day
dental rendered by dental tech with vet overseeing
So the total will be for each between 373.24 and 398.24 that's a lot of money
I'm in NJ also. My vet of 16 years wants $500 for a basic dental, no extractions. His spaying went up to ove $600. It was getting way too expensive. I took our newest edition to Popcorn Park Vet Clinic and she had a spay and dental today. The total cost for both was $334.00. The spay was $150 and the dental $180 plus the pain meds. No tax because they are a non-profit organization. I was very pleased with them. Gianna's teeth look great and well she's in pain from the spay but that is normal. Bella and Tia are going in on March 3 for their pre-dental exam and blood work. Gianna's pre-exam which included all her vaccinations, blood work, as well as heart worm testing was only $120 total for everything. It's sad but the vets here in NJ are getting so expensive that you can't even afford them anymore. I pulled four of my girl's papers to bring to Popcorn for their dentals and Mimi is going to be spayed next month. She was too sick as a baby to be done. She's 17 months old now and we are doing that and also having her double teeth pulled. Thought I'd mention this and see if you are local to them. It's a big savings and the vets are wonderful. All women, which was great for Gianna since she is so fearful of men. The other place which is great is Atlantic City Humane Society. They are $100 for a spay, but seem higher on their blood work. Not sure how much on a dental, but I've heard good things about them as well. Elaine
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The dental prices I have been quoted here is $350-$600 depending on the level of tarter and how many teeth have to come out.....This does not include pre blood work, for that add on another $80-$120 depending on the size of the test.

In the past year is was about $450 for a cat and $600 for a dog. Two years ago it was only $250 for the dog. I think this is outrageous..../QUOTE]

Crazy which is why i have never done it. Esp since i have prob spent at least 10 grand over the last several years treating her illness and then i developed several autoimmune diseases and im tapped out. I dont mind paying to have her bad tooth removed, but find $600 excessive. When i asked about price for extraction only, it was amazingly the same price as extraction with dental. Hmmmm.
Ha you must be in NJ too. LOL. They are going up and up. Look for a vet clinic in your area. I posted above about taking my Gianna and I have appointments for my three other girls for dental. $180 complete and no tax because they are non profit. Vets were excellent. Teeth look great. Spay is $150 plus pain meds which ran under $5.00. E.
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