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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-21-2006, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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How much should I expect to pay for teeth extraction?


I just took my cats (Vasco and Linda) to have their annual shots. It turns out that Vasco is having some teeth problems.... the vet told me he needs to have at least two teeth extracted... I was quite shocked because I had taken him for a welness appoint. there last summer (a different vet saw him then) and nowone mentioned anything about it (it seems that they always try to come up with something to charge you more...). Anyway, this didn't leave me with a very good impression of the vet office, especially after the vet tried to convince me that Sicience Diet is the best thing in the world! (I feed them innova evo). They estimated that the whole cost of the surgery would be about $700. This vet seems too fresh out of vet school to me and I don't think I can trust her with extracting teeth from my kitty (I forgot to ask her how many times as she done the procedure before). So I took Vasco to a cat 'dentist'. She said that he really needs the teeth extracted and explained to me that his upper teeth are tilted inside and so they are pressuring the lower teeth and affecting his gums. Her estimate for the procedure is $1400!

I know that unfortunately many cats have dental problems, so I'm wondering how much have you guys paid for this kind of procedure?

Also I think that I'll start to feed him some of the dry food for dental care, like Royal Canin Dental DD 27 (mixed with the innova evo dry, and regular brushing). This kind of food is only available by prescription...If it is supposed to be so good for the cats in terms of oral care and overall welness how come it is not available at pet stores??? So maybe the vets can make more money out of it?? This whole thing just upsets me.....

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-22-2006, 08:44 PM
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Eeek! That does sound high to me. My cat just had a dental with one extraction and it was about $220. The dental itself was $150 so the extraction was only about $70. And my vets in Beverly Hills so I don't think he's cheap! Although dental specialist do charge more and maybe your kitty's extractions are more complicated? It may be worth a third opinion if you're not comfortable with the first vet doing it and the specialist is SO much more.
As for preventative measures the best (and in my opinion only) way to help is brushing. Unfortunately, some cats, just like poeple, have worse teeth than others no matter what you do.
Good luck!

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-22-2006, 10:12 PM
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Are the teeth impacted? That would bump up the price quite a bit.

Personally, I think you'll be wasting your money if you buy prescription food in the hope of preventing future dental problems.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-24-2006, 10:06 AM
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I am in Canada. My one persian was loosing teeth so we brought her down to the vets (2 hours away). She had a cavity that was affecting her roots which resulted in the tooth loss. She has 8 teeth in her mouth, 12 in a container and the rest were extracted. It cost me about $430. Mind you, my vet is pricey and that is in Canadian dollars. She was 5 years old when she had this done.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-24-2006, 07:12 PM
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I just got an estimate from my vet for Jasmine's teeth, which are being done next week. The estimate is anywhere from 210.13-661.08, depending on how many come out... which won't be known until the Xrays are done. And according to her, if they all had to ocme out, it would go as high as 1200.00

I trust this vet, think she's being honest, but I guess it just goes to show you there's far too many variables to give a fair quote as to how much it should cost for an extraction....


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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-22-2006, 06:19 AM
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I got pet insurance to guard against such an eventuality. My cat almost certainly needs a tooth extracted and the vet rates are higher than average here. I could pay between 3 and 400 dollars for the whole thing--assuming that nothing else is wrong...and eighty per cent of that will be repaid by the insurance company.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-22-2006, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Hi gizmocat,

What kind of insurance do you have? I looked into that before my cat had the extractions but all the insurances that I found didn't cover dental work.

BTW, I ended up paying $250 for two extractions plus laser cleaning, so I was pretty happy with this vet that a friend recommended.

When he came home after the surgery he would not touch his wet food which he typically loves, so I soaked his dry food in hot water and he ate that for a few days.

Regarding giving the pills...they gave him some antibiotics and pain medication. The pain medication was supposed to be given the night that we came home but it was impossible as I didn't have any one around to hold him (he is a big cat). The next morning I got some help and gave him the antibiotic and the pain med. I tried first with a pill popper (?) but after fishing the pills from my shoes, the floor, etc. I just used my hands.. I did dip them in olive oil as I was afraid they would get stuck on his throat since he wasn't eating that much. This was a few weeks ago and everything seems fine now!

Good luck with your cat's surgery I'm sure everyhting will be fine, but I know it's impossible not to worry..

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-22-2006, 08:24 AM
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I am with VPI, Veterinary Pet Insurance. I got the premium plan that covers all surgery including teeth, and there is an $80.00 payment toward tooth cleaning.

I looked into some other plans that were allegedly better but they are not offered in my state.

My niece just spent $200.00 getting two guinea pigs taken care of and this is nearly the cost of Gizmo's yearly premium. I consider it a good deal. Hope they are as nice when I make a claim as they were when I signed up (LOL)
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