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Question regarding dog and tartar on teeth....

anything that can help remove it? He is 9 years old and vet said he has tartar and suggested within six months we get the procedure done in which he is put to sleep, tartar scraped and xrays taken...price range around $1200.00 to $1,500.00.

I would like to try other things first...any recommendations?

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anything that can help remove it? He is 9 years old and vet said he has tartar and suggested within six months we get the procedure done in which he is put to sleep, tartar scraped and xrays taken...price range around $1200.00 to $1,500.00.

I would like to try other things first...any recommendations?

Thanks in advance.
That's an insane price. It is only a few hundred dollars by me. Older dogs will need blood work to make sure they are healthy enough for the anesthetic. I am taking my dog to the vet tomorrow for the annual. I will let you know what it costs.
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I just had my one dog into the vet for exactly the same thing, and it was $1300, but that was also with a senior blood screening, which is important to get. Both our dogs will be 9 this year. It is kind of an insane price, but it's important to do, as periodontal disease can cause other things to fail, like kidneys. We recently also had a family dog fight of kidney failure successfully, but it was touch and go for awhile. Truth be told, I cringe when paying canine dental bills, but after seeing what my folks went through with the canine acute kidney failure, I'll quite happily pay for dental it it'll help keep other things running tip-top!
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Not really.

My wife used to be a technician, and she does not know of anything that will do it short of a full dental, as recommended by your dentist. The scraping is to remove the tartar. The x-ray (which is not at all vets yet, so not prevalent) is to determine if any need to be removed. Technically, you could get the dental and skip the x-ray, but that is up to you.

That said, the cost is astronomical. Where we live, it costs about $300-400 for a dental depending on the facility.

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That price is insane. Check around as to what other vets charge. There can be a wide difference in charges even among vets in the same city.

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I just had my one dog into the vet for exactly the same thing, and it was $1300, but that was also with a senior blood screening, which is important to get. Both our dogs will be 9 this year. It is kind of an insane price, but it's important to do, as periodontal disease can cause other things to fail, like kidneys. We recently also had a family dog fight of kidney failure successfully, but it was touch and go for awhile. Truth be told, I cringe when paying canine dental bills, but after seeing what my folks went through with the canine acute kidney failure, I'll quite happily pay for dental it it'll help keep other things running tip-top!
This^^

My dog is also 9. I had his teeth cleaned twice already and will do again. Poor hygiene will lead to rotting teeth, pain for the dog, risk of infection etc. Yes, the bills suck but what I get back from the dog in love and affection is worth the money.

The blood screening is a must.
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We don't have dogs, just cats, and we REFUSE to pay the absolutely ridiculous prices the vets here want for teeth cleaning. It is TOTALLY insane and I can't believe people actually pay them!!! What did dog and cat owners do before vets 'recommended' these procedures?? Nothing. They only recommend them because that's how they make money. We also don't get their shots or annual check ups. We feed them raw food and they're both healthy - one is 12 the other is 11.

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My dog is 9.5 years old with an expected lifespan of 10-12 although you never know they can go longer based on diet, exercise, etc.

I love my dog but if I was told by a vet I'm looking at a bill for almost $1500 so the dog can have nice breath I'd say thanks but no thanks I'll be happy to switch to soft foods if she can no longer chew one day.

It's a DOG.

Blows my mind what some people are willing to spend just to keep an animal with a short life span alive that much longer and have procedures done that lots of people cannot even afford to do for themselves.
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anything that can help remove it? He is 9 years old and vet said he has tartar and suggested within six months we get the procedure done in which he is put to sleep, tartar scraped and xrays taken...price range around $1200.00 to $1,500.00.

I would like to try other things first...any recommendations?

Thanks in advance.
Shop around but it needs to be done. For my cat it cost $600, Inc anesthesia. My old officemate's two Aussie Collies had it done, about 1000 each. Not every year tho.

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Hell! Maybe I'm just a damned tightwad, but I wouldn't pay $1500 to have my own teeth cleaned!

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anything that can help remove it? He is 9 years old and vet said he has tartar and suggested within six months we get the procedure done in which he is put to sleep, tartar scraped and xrays taken...price range around $1200.00 to $1,500.00.

I would like to try other things first...any recommendations?

Thanks in advance.
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I took my dog to the vet today for his annual. The vet did not try to sell me a teeth cleaning. I specifically asked for them to look at the teeth and offer a recommendation.

He has some tartar and cleaning was recommended. The vet said the cost will run from $160-$180. (I pay more than that for cable/internet in one month.) We scheduled the appointment. They found a heart murmur so they will do a chest xray while he is out. I asked about the blood work, since I went through this procedure with prior dogs. Based on his age (nine) and that his last blood work was two years ago, they will do labs before the cleaning to make sure he is health enough. The xray and labs are not included in the price.

The vet was clear that at this age this might be the last cleaning, as once he gets older/less healthy, the cleaning and putting him under puts him at risk of death.

So if you are going to have cleaning done, do it soon. This is probably the last year.

Now, the flea/tick med we got last time was $170 for six months. I will skip that and get the less expensive meds that are just as effective.

When we travel, he stays at a place in which he was his own room, TV, webcam etc for $65/night.
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https://www.amazon.com/Proden-Plaque...den+plaque+off

I am trying this and ensuring that he has bones, etc. always available. If I see an improvement in plaque I will not bother with the work.
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I just had my one dog into the vet for exactly the same thing, and it was $1300, but that was also with a senior blood screening, which is important to get. Both our dogs will be 9 this year. It is kind of an insane price, but it's important to do, as periodontal disease can cause other things to fail, like kidneys. We recently also had a family dog fight of kidney failure successfully, but it was touch and go for awhile. Truth be told, I cringe when paying canine dental bills, but after seeing what my folks went through with the canine acute kidney failure, I'll quite happily pay for dental it it'll help keep other things running tip-top!
Ursula has got it. We did the same for out Poodle but his was a rotten infected tooth that was pulled and then some scraping. I believe it was $800.00. If left to it's own devices it can lead to other physical issues.

Get a Care Credit Card. We have one for very expensive vet bills when they arise.

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It sounds like your vet is making the best recommendation and doing things appropriately. If tartar is that bad there will be a bunch of extractions. Any bad teeth need to get pulled and the other teeth need to be cleaned. Secondary heart and kidney disease can develop if they aren't taken care of. The best choice in the future is preventative care. It's a lot cheaper in the long run. In my area a dental cleaning itself is about $150-300, plus there is additional for pre-op bloodwork, dental radiographs, and extractions. Your dog can knock off a bunch of the plaque if you give him raw beef knuckle bones to chew on. However, that won't fix the problem. You'll still need a proper dental cleaning and extractions.
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