Probably you’re a pet owner and want to provide professional teeth cleaning service to your dog. This is a very nice approach to provide a healthy smile to your dog.

But at the same time, you’re worried because of the sky-high rates of dogs’ dental cleaning procedures. Its cost may between $300 to more than $4000 depending upon the condition of your pet’s oral health.

So, in the following short but informative article, I decided to discuss some important factors (reasons) that make a pet’s oral hygiene service so pricey.


Factors Behinds High Rates Of Dog’s Dental Cleaning

Maintaining a dog’s good oral hygiene is necessary but it’s a high-priced service. Plaque and tartar removal from dogs’ teeth in a veterinarian clinic is not as simple as you think. 

Dental scaling (removing stuck dental plaque with the help of a “scaler“, a tool with sharp needles on both ends) needs expert hands (of an experienced veterinarian). 

Otherwise, your pet may face some serious complications i.e. bacterial infections, gum injuries,  or even die if the amount of anesthesia is higher than the actual need.

It’s suggested that always try to provide the best service you can afford. Below are some common factors that may drive the price of a normal dog’s teeth cleaning procedure to the top.

#1. X-Rays

There are some factors that play an important role in increasing the price of the procedure. For example, a vet may require an oral X-ray prior to the procedure that helps to examine (and see) whether your pet has any dental disease, tooth cavity, periodontal disease, and infection or not.

#2. Anesthesia

Anesthesia and intubation (a process of inserting a synthetic tracheal tube in the trachea through the mouth for the purpose of inhalation during anesthesia) is another reason behind the high cost of the treatment.

I.V (intravenous) fluids are used to keep a dog’s temperature normal during the procedure. A dog may lose its body heat because of anesthesia so the I.V fluids help to keep the kidneys and heart functioning normally.

#3. Insurance Plan

There are little to no companies that are offering a dental cleaning plan along with dental accidents and illness for your pet. They don’t help in routine checkups. Also, they don’t help dogs that are suffering from illness prior to purchasing their insurance plans.

So, it makes it high-priced when you try to give your dog professional teeth cleaning service without insurance.

If you can find a dental insurance plan for your pet that includes routine checkups and dental cleaning. Then it would definitely help you to save a lot of money.

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#4. Region & Country

The rates of removing tartar and plaque from dog teeth may differ. In the U.S (United States of America), Canada, United Kingdom (UK), the rates of dental services are higher than in the Philippines, Mexico, or any other third world country like India, Sri Lanka, or Pakistan.

You will see a magnificent difference in the rates within the different parts of one country. So we can say that the comparison of locations matters when we compare the prices of a dog’s dental cleaning service.

But if the rates (prices) of removing dental plaque, tooth extraction, or tooth filling (a cavity) are higher in the US, UK, or Canada, then keep in mind that they are also providing much better services to their clients.

#5. Dental Diseases

Sometimes, you don’t know that your dog is suffering from dental problems. A routine checkup & dental cleaning helps to diagnose a tooth disease (if your dog has any). A radiograph or X-ray helps to diagnose whether a pet has periodontal (gums) disease, gingivitis, tooth cavity, and root canal, etc.

If your dog’s teeth are healthy and no complications are found. Then a routine cleaning (with hydrogen peroxide) may cost you as little as from $300 to $700.

But on the other hand, if a dog has any dental complications. For example, in a tooth cavity or gingivitis, the treatment cost may definitely rise.

Doctor Xeeshan

Doctor Xeeshan

I am Doctor Xeeshan, located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. In this blog, I am providing authentic information about dog breeds, diseases, medications, etc.


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