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How Much Does Cat Teeth Cleaning Cost?

 
low costAt-Home Regimen: $10 or lessaverage costVeterinary Teeth Cleaning: $55-$830
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A cat's teeth should be maintained by daily brushing and having a professional clean its teeth periodically. The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 70 percent of cats show signs of oral and dental disease by age three. Daily cleaning costs little and can prevent serious, more expensive problems later.

Typical costs:

  • An at-home, teeth-cleaning regimen can be set up with an investment of $10 or less. Possible tools include a handled toothbrush -- a smaller version of the human toothbrush -- and finger brushes, a rubber finger glove that has rubber bristles.
  • A standard starter kit by Petrodex[1] containing a toothbrush, finger brush and tube of toothpaste sells for $9-$11.
  • Owners of more skittish cats may find that they can get the job done easier with a finger glove than a handled brush. These retail for about $4 for a set of two.
  • The average price of a veterinary teeth cleaning is $400, with a range from $55 to $830. The price depends on whether blood work is done, whether teeth are pulled and whether the cat is anesthetized. The price also depends on the location and availability of veterinarians.
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What should be included:
  • During a professional teeth cleaning, a technician or veterinarian uses ultrasonic hand instruments to remove tartar and calculus from above and below the gum line, polishes teeth using a fluoride paste and conducts a thorough examination checking for periodontal disease and cavities.
  • PetEducation.com says teeth cleaning[2] is an important part of general health care in cats. Like humans, cats' oral health can affect the entire health system of the body. Teeth that are not brushed can form plaque, which becomes tartar, which can lead to infected gums, abscessed teeth, tooth loss and bacterial infections of vital organs.
Additional costs:
  • Antibiotics typically cost between $30 and $50. If the veterinarian suspects the cat has an infection of some kind -- usually due to an abscessed tooth from neglected teeth and gums -- he or she may prescribe antibiotics to be taken about a week before and a week after the cleaning. This is because weak gums may bleed, and the infected blood could make its way into the cat's vital organs, causing a more complicated infection that could be fatal.
  • Some cat treats claim dental health benefits like better breath and plaque removal capabilities, such as Feline Greenies[3] , starting at $3-$4.
Discounts:
  • Professional cleaning may be covered by pet health insurance. For example, Veterinary Pet Insurance[4] 's premier coverage plan includes a $100 reimbursement for veterinary dental cleaning.
  • Check with a local vet or shelter to see if there are any dental cleaning specials during February, which is Pet Dental Awareness Month.
Shopping for cat teeth cleaning:
  • Cats should be eased into daily teeth cleaning[5] . Cornell University recommends using a four-week training program to teach your cat to accept teeth cleaning.
  • All veterinarians perform teeth cleanings. The American Veterinary Medicine Association has a vet finder[6] tool.
  • For specialized treatment, find a veterinary dentist through the American Veterinary Dental College's directory[7] .
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
cost silicon valley
Amount: $650.00
Posted by: kth in sunnyvale, CA.Posted: August 22nd, 2017 01:08PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: vet\'s officeCost: 650
includes blood work $100, cleaning $490, IV $55, total $650
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cat dental cleaning with anesthesia
Amount: $750.00
Posted by: Missy Nikki in Great Falls, VA.Posted: July 14th, 2017 11:07AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: vet\'s officeCost: $700
The amount charge seems to depend on geographical area. The more expensive the place is to live, the higher the cost. I don't think any good veterinarian is out to rip anyone off.
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Teeth clean only
Amount: $185.00
Posted by: Sara M Continenza in Chagrin falls, OH.Posted: June 20th, 2017 06:06AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: VetCost: Extra 200 for blood work
Wonderful holistic vet in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Near Cleveland.
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Feline Dental Cleaning
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Ann Heatherton in Saugus, CA.Posted: March 31st, 2017 10:03AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Vet's OfficeCost: $624 - $800 est.
My cat is 10 years old and sometimes drools blood. No tartar on teeth, but gums are red and can bleed. This condition has been ongoing all her life, and she won't open her mouth for wiping or brushing at home. The quote (from Saugus
Animal Hospital, Saugus, CA) of $624 to $800, more if extractions are needed, is typical of vets in Los Angeles area. Plus there is an initial vet appointment ($50) and blood work ($$?) before surgery is scheduled. I can afford to pay this, but I feel bad for the folks that cannot and for the poor kitties who need it but can't get dental care and endure pain and suffering.
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Cat teeth cleaning
Amount: $830.00
Posted by: a user in New haven, CT.Posted: March 24th, 2017 01:03PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Vet hospitalCost: 830
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Feline Teeth Cleaning
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: Sharon Collins in Atlanta, GA.Posted: March 24th, 2017 07:03AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: vet officeCost: 600.00
Does anyone know if a vet school has special pricing since the residents are doing training
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Dental Cleaning
Amount: $432.00
Posted by: Rocko10 in Tucson, AZ.Posted: February 24th, 2017 08:02PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Vet's officeCost: 471-890
I was surprised to see the estimate for the dental work. I should have researched prices beforehand, but I'm relieved to hear that it's within range. Turns out my cat had some early signs of gingervitis so they gave him an antibiotic shot. Bloodwork was done too and there's some concern on his results regarding his kidneys. So, they gave me a urine collection kit (no extra cost). Pretty cool that she was worried about it and I got a baggie of dental kibble and tooth brush and paste sample. Just like a human dentist! My cat was being too rowdy when I was there so I was in a hurry to leave, but I think he got the best care he can get for now. Hopefully his kidneys are fine, so I don't have to worry about his health and affording it. The vet gave some advice on what it could be and the diet changes to make, so I'll be looking into that.
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Deep cleaning, anesthesia, no extractions 2017
Amount: $750.00
Posted by: StickerShock in Burbank, CA.Posted: February 9th, 2017 11:02AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Vet OfficeCost: 750.00
No disclosure of cost at initial annual health care visit, nor on phone when making dental appointment. Upon arrival, "sticker shock"... for one cat's dental cleaning... $200 for exam and blood work. $550 for cleaning and anesthesia. Extractions are extra (if needed). I feel 'hoodwinked'.
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Teeth cleaning yearly
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Tango in Martinez, CA.Posted: October 20th, 2016 12:10AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Vets officeCost: 400 to 600
I do this yearly but one kitty didn't need it this year. Thank you raw virgin coconut oil. It helps with plaque reduction and is good for their digestion
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Exam and cleanibng
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: CatDad in Henderson, NV.Posted: August 24th, 2016 11:08AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: OfficeCost: 800-1200
Had to make an appointment for a free check up. Took the cat to be examined. Was back in lee than 2 minutes with estimate. Two pages of cost and "IFS". I don't believe they looked in her mouth.
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Teeth cleaning,anesthesia inhalant,standard CBC for 2 cats
Amount: $1,052.36
Posted by: XY in PORTLAND, OR.Posted: August 9th, 2016 03:08PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Vet clinicCost: 1052.36
Dental scaling,Standard CBC,anesthesia for 2 cats
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Deep cleaning, anesthesia, no extractions 2015
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Bella's mama in Brighton, MA.Posted: August 18th, 2015 03:08PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Vet's officeCost: $800.00
I'm in shock comparing the cost I was quoted by my vet vs what I'm seeing on here. I am in the process of finding a cheaper option, as I am unemployed. My vet has no payment plans and I can't get insurance on this b/c it's a pre-existing condition. I'm going to see if there is a medical school with a vet program, that is supposed to be cheaper...we'll see.
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Cat Teeth Cleaning
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: T. Ann in St. Albans, VT.Posted: July 18th, 2015 12:07PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: VetCost: $959
I was just at our vet and he said it's time to have our cat's teeth cleaned. He quoted me an estimate of $959. Quite frankly, my jaw dropped.
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$1600 in Edgewater NJ
Amount: $1,600.00
Posted by: Lucyshelly in Edgewater, NJ.Posted: June 15th, 2015 01:06PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Vets officeCost: $1600
$70 for the pre oral exam visit.mthen they gave me an estimate that was from $450-$1250. I agreed hoping it wouldn't be at the higher end of the estimate but prepared nonetheless.nthe. They called me while my cat was UNDER ANESTHESIA And told me that actually it would be $1600 because it was really bad and they had to remove all of his teeth. When I went in for the pre surgery visit I specifically asked what the worst case scenario would be and how much that would cost. Of course they did not tell me anything about having to maybe take out all of his teeth and it costing me way more than their estimate. I had no choice and had to pay it. I have yet to find a vet that isn't a complete crook or doesn't totally take advantage of pet parents.
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Cat Teeth Cleaning / no extractions/ yes fluids
Amount: $157.00
Posted by: Aileen Roberts in Arlington, TX.Posted: May 29th, 2015 03:05PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Veterinarian's OfficeCost: 157.00
I was dumbfounded when I read some of the quotes and amounts spent for a cats teeth cleaning cited on this website. I always knew that my vet was the best and had a lower cost than most, but not hundreds of dollars less. I'm thinking that I'm glad I live in Texas, for this reason and many many other reasons!
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Cat Dental Cleaning incl anesthetic plus antibotics
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Elaine in Rockville MD in Rockville, MD.Posted: March 12th, 2015 07:03AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Vet's Office Rockville MDCost: 400
Took both my cats in so bill was $800 ($00 each) - sheesh! but I'm glad they gave me the dental month discount or it could have been $900 ($450 each) . Guess it would have been slightly (very) cheaper if they didn't need antibiotics to follow-up. $400 each seems to fall within normal range though. Note: this is Feb 2015 but system year only goes through 2014.
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dental cleaning
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Leo's Mom in Florence, SC.Posted: December 11th, 2014 09:12PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: veterinarianCost: $125
I was quoted $125 but the vet. dr. wasn't sure! There is a 3 month wait to have this done. Meanwhile I asked for advice in the meantime, and she merely, said to start cleaning the cat's teeth and just take the risk of getting bit!!! OMG. I think $125 is alot but compared to what Ive read, this sounds like a bargain. Debating to get this done since I cannot afford it!
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Another reason to leave Connecticut
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: romanimal in Colchester, CT.Posted: May 5th, 2014 07:05PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Vet officeCost: 680
Here in central Connecticut $180 for exam and bloodwork. $500 for cleaning and anesthesia. Extractions, etc are extra.
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What People Are Paying - Cat teeth cleaning
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: just purrfect in Exeter, NH.Posted: March 28th, 2014 07:03AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Vet\'s officeCost: quote
11 year old healthy cat - vet wants to do teeth cleaning on her. Vet is charging between $750 - $1600 for teeth cleaning. No problems, no serious issues with cat's teeth, no extractions! I am appalled! Living on Social Security and Medicare simply cannot afford this! I live in New Hampshire. Tried to ask vet to lower costs due to limited income and she refused. Thots,pls!!! Sincerely, Melinda
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dental cleaning-cat
Amount: $289.00
Posted by: Sherri1999 in roseville, MI.Posted: March 12th, 2013 03:03PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: veterinarianCost: 289.00
this amount included-oral examination, anesthesia, dental fluid therapy set-up(?),scaling and polishing, recovery monitoring, hospitalization, dental X-rays--multiple views, pre-anesthetic sedation, Telazol sedation, DexDomitor, Torbugesic 10mg/ml injection. I thought this was high but apparently not.
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teeth cleaning and pulled one tooth under general anesthetic plus antibotics
Amount: $330.00
Posted by: LD53 in Nampa, ID.Posted: February 10th, 2013 10:02AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Pet Health Clinic In Nampa IdCost: 330.00
To oexpensive for what they did. Cheaper for Adults to have the same thing.rnNow my sweet Lizzie has some type of respiratory infection, she has no energy and is sneezing frequently.
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