Many dog owners don’t consider dental care when it comes to budgeting for vet costs. In reality, your dog’s dental health is vital to his overall wellbeing. Gum disease and oral infections can trigger other illnesses within the body and can have a long-term impact on your dog’s quality of life.
How much should a dog dental cost?
The price of dental treatment depends upon what your dog needs and whether an anesthetic is needed.
A simple cleaning without anesthetic will be priced between $100 and $300 in the US. With anesthesia, the price is likely to increase to around $500-$600.
In the UK, prices start from around £150 and go as high as £550, with an average price of approximately £230 for a dental clean.
Other dental treatments will be priced differently, depending on the severity of the problem and the required treatment.
Low-cost dental cleaning for my dog
There are a few places you can go for this type of treatment.
- Vet clinics. Typically they are the most expensive places to go, but some clinics offer reductions for low-income households.
- Dog groomers. Whether it is a grooming salon or a mobile groomer, most will offer some form of basic dental clean. Prices vary between individual groomers, so shop around for the best prices.
- Home cleaning. You can easily clean your dog’s teeth at home with a doggy toothbrush and specially formulated canine toothpaste.
How to perform a dental cleaning for dogs at home
Cleaning your dog’s teeth is easy once they get used to the strange sensation. Here are a few simple steps you can follow:
- Purchase a dog toothbrush, which slides on the end of your finger and dog toothpaste which is formulated with safe ingredients.
- Put a small amount of toothpaste on the brush and allow your dog to lick it. Then slowly start to introduce the toothbrush by touching it to his teeth and rewarding him for staying calm and still.
- Gradually start to introduce movement and praise him for being still. You will be able to slowly build up the time your dog will tolerate the brushing.
It is best to start when your dog is a puppy, but you can teach an older dog the same way. You will need plenty of patience and a calm demeanor, as dogs generally don’t like things being poked into their mouths!
You can use this as an opportunity to keep an eye on your dog’s gum health as well. A healthy dog will have a salmon pink gum color. If you notice any changes, contact your vet and make an appointment for a check-up.