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Old 02-16-2013, 07:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Paw Paw's dental surgery: 1 tooth (molar) getting pulled. Cost: $1,000... !!!!

Just came back from the vet. Our handsome Paw Paw broke off over half of one of his top molars (Vet said this particular tooth is the biggest tooth in his mouth...OUCH!) and now requires dental surgery on Wednesday. Never knew dental for a dog would cost us nearly $1,000. I don't think human dental surgery costs that much. Wowzers! Anyways, Paw Paw must have broken it while gnawing on a raw meaty marrow bone, and now it's all rotted and smelly with the nerve exposed. My dogs have always been complimented on how clean their teeth are at 5 years of age, and Paw Paw was just at the vet in November and his teeth were fine. I now know I need to inspect their teeth more regularly, both for their health and for my wallet.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dental is a specialized talent.(?!!)
I fear the day I have to have any work done on my dogs.
I think I should start an emergency account earmarked for teeth. I would call around though, and get some other 'estimates' because there are vets that can do an extraction and not charge that much. It'd be different if they were doing a root canal and capping or putting a titanium top on. Just for extraction, I can't see it costing that much.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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that is as much as human dentist. now i am not much into suing folks, but if they want to charge those fees, they should be liable for some pretty high damages same as md or people dentists if they screw up.
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$1000???? Banshee had most of her's pulled for less than $900!
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Some vets charge in excess of a few hundred for just a cleaning. A raw meaty bone is a couple bucks. Go figure
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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You're being way overcharged if it's just being pulled.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:19 AM   #7 (permalink)
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For extraction only, that does seem high.
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having just gone through this with one of mine, upper right k9 hard to be removed, and was told, if the tooth broke from the bone, and the nerve was still attached to the tooth, it would be fairly easy to remove, about $500, if the tooth broke from the nerve, it's much more difficult to remove the nerve, about $1,000, that seems to be the going rate
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It does seem to me, though, that costs have really jumped in the past 8-9 years SIGNIFICANTLY for just about all vet care. That also seems high to pull a cracked molar.
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We paid just over $1,200 for extraction of that huge molar which included X-rays, cleaning and the removal of a front tooth that broke below the gum line. If we went ith a root camel the bill would have been slightly higher.
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