Low Cost Pet Vet offers affordable dentals for dogs & cats in Irving, TX for pets of all sizes! Dental disease problems plague over half of dogs and cats over 3 years old. Whether you have a small pet or a large pet, regular dentals are crucial to keeping them happy & healthy.
What is dental disease, and how bad is it?
Bacteria in dental plaque causes periodontal disease, which is a nasty infection that can lead to everything from bad breath to eventual tooth loss.
The disease starts with bits of food and bacteria gathering on your pet’s gums. Eventually, this forms plaque. The plaque becomes calculus. Your pet’s gums become painful and inflamed. This is called gingivitis, and is the very first stage of dental disease.
The next stages become progressively worse, as calculus starts to gather between your pet’s teeth and gums. Bacteria quickly follows, and eventually your pet starts to lose tissue, and bone. Not only is this very painful, it’s causing irreversible damage. Bacteria and pus gathering in these cavities also threaten your pet’s general wellbeing.
An infection in your pet’s mouth can also shorten their life. Bacteria dwelling in your pet’s mouth can travel via their bloodstream to vital organs like the kidneys, liver, lungs and heart. These bacteria slowly poison your pet and shorten their life if not treated. For your pet to be healthy, their mouth has to be healthy as well!
How common is dental disease?
80% of dogs 3 years and older have signs of dental disease. Cats 3 years and older have a 70% chance of already experiencing dental problems.
The risk is even higher – approaching 90% – with small breed dogs such as Chihuahuas, Shih tzus, Malteses, Toy Poodles, and Terriers.
How often are dentals recommended?
Your pet’s dental cleaning schedule depends on their tartar buildup, current dental state, and breed. We recommend annual checkups (yearly annual vaccinations, heartworm test & checkup is only $112), and we always check your pet’s teeth as part of that checkup.
During your annual checkup, your veterinarian will check your pet’s teeth and will recommend an affordable dental schedule based off of your pet’s needs.
How much are affordable dentals at Low Cost Pet Vet?
We keep our prices low so you can afford your pet’s regular dentals. All affordable pet dental services INCLUDE:
- A full exam
- Induction, gas anesthesia, and electronic monitoring
- Dental procedure with ultrasonic scaling and high speed polishing
- Pain medication*
- Flourine treatment
- SubQ Fluids
- Day boarding
The price of the dental depends on your pet’s weight, starting at $199 for dogs under 20lbs. The following is a chart with our dental prices based on pet weight:*
*Additional extra-strength pain medication costs extra
Irving Affordable Dentals Prices*
Cat Affordable Dentals $194.00 (All Sizes)
Dog Affordable Dentals
Small Breed (<20) – $199.00
Medium Breed (20-49.9) – $219.00
Large Breed (50-79.9) – $239.00
XL Breed (80-109.9) – $259.00
Giant Breed (>110) – $279.00
*PRICES NOW INCLUDE SQ FLUIDS.*
Other procedures not included in this price are microchipping, bloodwork, and any teeth extraction that may need to be done. After the intraoperative exam (during the dental procedure) of your pet we will let you know if we recommend any potential extractions, and we will provide you information and prices.
*Note: Prices are subject to change without notice. Please contact us for your quote: 817-617-7387.
What’s the difference between a low cost dental and a higher cost dental service?
We are confident in providing the highest quality of care during your pet’s dental service. That’s why we automatically include subq fluids in our dental prices – with the dental services we provide, that extra hydration is important in making sure your pet stays healthy and the procedure goes smoothly with no complications.
However, we don’t provide services such as full-mouth radiographs (dental X-Rays), and we don’t require pre-anesthetic bloodwork unless your pet is at higher risk.
My pet needs some teeth extracted. What’s the price for that?
Teeth extraction prices vary greatly based off of which teeth we need to extract. The standard ranges from $12 to $95. We recommend visiting us first to check your pet’s health; but keep in mind that we can’t be sure what teeth we need to extract until your pet is under when we can examine their mouth thoroughly.
No matter what extractions are necessary, we automatically include services such as nerve blocks – which help to reduce pain during or after extractions, if extractions are necessary – and gingival flaps, which also make extractions easier – as part of the included dental prices. This is important in reducing your pet’s pain, making the process safer and less traumatic, and improving your pet’s recovery.
What else can I do to keep my pet’s teeth clean?
You can do many things to help keep your pet’s teeth clean and bacteria-free! The most important thing you can do is make sure you have selected a good food for your pet.
For small breed dogs, hard foods are best for preventing infection.
We also recommend teeth cleaning treats such as Greenies or Clenz-a-dent chews.
We carry Clenz-a-dent chews at our full-service clinic in Irving, which are enzyme-coated rawhide chews designed to break apart as your dog chews them. The process helps keep your pet’s teeth clean. Please keep in mind that regular rawhide chews are NOT a good replacement for a treat meant to clean your pet’s teeth, as not only do they not have the enzymes that help keep your pet’s teeth clean, they are much higher in calories.
For specific questions about what food, teeth cleaning routine, or chews would be best for your pet, contact us at 817-617-7387 and we can set up an appointment!