Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.
Common signs of dental disease include:
- Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
- Red, Swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Loose teeth
Even if your dog or cat doesn’t have these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.
Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If these problems aren’t caught and treated quickly enough, they can result in death. A physical examination combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if infection in the mouth has spread.
Schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We can also help show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup.
All dental procedures include Pre-medications, Gas Anesthesia, Continuous Monitoring, Intravenous Catheter and Fluids, Dental Scaling and Polishing and Dentistry Supplies. The pricing does not include dental extractions, additional anesthesia needed for dental extractions, dental x-rays, antibiotics, pain medications or Elizabethan collars.
Young (under 10 years of age), Healthy (no ongoing medical issues or pet is stable with medical issues), non-brachiocephalic (short muzzle) animals: $249.00.
Geriatric (over 10 years of age), brachiocephalic (short muzzle) animals: $274.00.
Young (under 10 years of age), Healthy (no ongoing medical issues or stabilized medical issues), animals: $234.00
Geriatric (over 10 years of age) animals: $259.00
Possible additional charges could include dental extractions ($5.00 to $125.00 per tooth), additional anesthesia for dental extractions ($30.00 to $45.00 per tooth), bone grafting materials ($20.00 to $40.00), pain medications (cats = $25.00 to $35.00, dogs = $20.00 to $35.00), Elizabethan collars ($8.00 to $22.00), microchipping ($52.99), and nail dremel ($15.00).
Pre-Anesthetic Blood Screening is necessary for all patients and must have been performed within 30 days prior to surgery or can be performed the day of surgery at the cost of $80.00 for patients 1-6 years of age and $125.00 for patients 7 years and older.