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Old 01-21-2020, 06:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Advice for teeth cleaning-where to have it done

Hello again all. So I want to make an appointment for Sugarplum for a dental exam and teeth cleaning and I’m in a dilemma as to where I should take her. Here’s the situation:
My veterinarian’s office is one of the top rated veterinary hospitals in the area for multiple years, and I’m very happy with them. However, they are also very expensive, but I’m a firm believer that you get what you pay for. Their starting costs for a dental exam and cleaning is around $450 (it also includes pre lab work) and that doesn’t include extractions or post medications for an infection detected or pain medication.
However...somebody recommended a nonprofit organization near me who offers dental care WITH anesthesia for $99, plus $15 for each extraction (maximum cost of $60 for all extractions). Pre blood work is $40 and is required for dogs 8 years and older (Sugarplum is 5 and she was spayed a week before I got her last month, so she was recently under anesthesia). The organization’s website states some extractions require a full service veterinary clinic, and this concerns me: I wonder if there is anything that is not included in the dental service. I know nothing about this organization other than what I’ve read on their website, but on Google it does have a 4.6 star rating with 1,542 reviews. We’ve all also heard the saying “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
So, what do you all think I should do? I love the vets office I have taken her to, I’ve taken all of my pets only there for many years (except for emergency care and when I didn’t live in the area) they’ve been around since the 1960s and they’ve been one of the top rated offices in the area multiple times. In the event that Sugarplum needs a lot of extractions, I do have a Care Credit account to pay for a potentially expensive bill. Or should I take her to the nonprofit place? They also don’t have any available appointments until early/mid May.
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Old 01-21-2020, 06:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I forgot to mention: I’m thinking of having her first dental exam and cleaning at my vets office because Sugarplum has never had one and they are full service. Once everything is fixed perhaps I could take her to the nonprofit place for routine maintenance?
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Old 01-21-2020, 08:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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While your vet may be awesome, since her mouth is in bad shape, I would ask for a recommendation to a veterinary dentist. They have specialized training in anesthesia and extraction and will also be able to do grafts to try and save teeth if possible.

You will pay more but your baby will be in the very best of hands.

I would NOT do the low cost with the teeth in the condition you describe.
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Old 01-22-2020, 07:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I get Abellas teeth cleaned in February. It seems February is "Pet Teeth Cleaning" month around here. Most Vets have specials during the month. Abellas Vet has 25% off. Even with the discount it still is around $475. Of coarse everything is overpriced here in California !
Our vet is an amazing husband and wife team and does lots of surgeries I trust them completely.
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