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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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Quote for dental cleaning and possible extractions
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: ZEEQUE in Solomons, MD.Posted: February 7th, 2018 02:02PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Veterinarians officeCost: $1500 -$2400
The quote did not include the bloodwork and office visit prior to scheduled cleaning... (370.00)
I am getting a second opinion...this price is outrageous! The cat is bright eyed and bushy tailed....eating and drinking...not pawing her face or drooling...her breath is stinky.
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Cat Dental Cleaning + Extractions
Amount: $750.00
Posted by: saywat in Seattle, WA.Posted: January 19th, 2018 02:01PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: VetsCost:
$110 - Blood Work
$50 - Consultation
$240 - 4 tooth extractions
$50 - take home medications
$120 - dental cleaning
$180 - anesthesia and other meds for surgery
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cat check up and blood work
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: SaviKat in voorhees, NJ.Posted: December 6th, 2017 11:12AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: at homeCost: 400
Home visit for my 15 year old cat. symptoms: bad breath, wt loss, teeth grinding sound upon eating air dried treats.
examination and blood work was over $400.
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Anesthesia, antibiotic, scraping, boardg few hours
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Nefertiti in Grass Valley, CA.Posted: November 2nd, 2017 04:11PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: In officeCost: 150.
I had no idea what a good deal I was getting! Now they're closed for the winter and my 15 yr.old baby girl's breath is bad! I can't afford the 800.to 1200. I'm being quoted, and that's the lowest I've found! Yikes! Poor baby girl.
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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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teeth cleaning and 3 teeth pulled
Amount: $515.00
Posted by: bpt in Salt Lake City, UT.Posted: July 14th, 2016 06:07AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: vet's officeCost: $515.00
Sticker shock! Took our 15 year old cat in for a well check. He had a broken tooth. Estimate for dental appt was about $300. Just walked out after spending $500+ for dental cleaning and extraction of 3 teeth. Ouch! Now have a second cat, his 15 year old brother, feeling the "bite" of extremely expensive procedures for old cats :(
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Teeth cleaning cost
Amount: $420.00
Posted by: Peanut77 in Rochester, NY.Posted: June 30th, 2016 09:06AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: VetCost: $95
I'm very lucky to live where I do. We have a clinic that only cares for cats. My cat had to get all his side teeth removed. He also got shaved and nails trimmed. All of it cost $420. The dental cleaning is $95 if everything is healthy!!! I can't believe what others have to pay!!!
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Cleaning plus extractions
Amount: $1,036.00
Posted by: Helen Courtney in Wilmette, IL.Posted: April 19th, 2016 06:04PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: VetCost: 1036
16 yr old cat, with blood work, Wilmette IL. 3 extractions under anesthesia and antibiotics and painkillers. 2 xrays.
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Quote for teeth cleaning and extraction
Amount: $810.00
Posted by: wow in Nashua in Nashua, NH.Posted: March 25th, 2016 05:03AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: vet's officeCost: 810
Quote for regular cleaning = $810. If an extraction is done, cost is $40 per minute, up to $486 for 40 minutes, total $1,381. This includes 12 hours in their hospital, and full blood work. I have 3 cats, and absolutely can't afford this.
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Cleaning, 2 Tooth Extractions, Gum Flap Repair
Amount: $498.00
Posted by: Lori Roberts in Brevard, NC.Posted: March 14th, 2016 06:03AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: VetCost: 500
I feel better about the cost after coming here. My cat had 2 bad extractions that took a long time. So - bloodwrk, xrays, 1.5 hrs of anesth, gum repair were $400 and the cleaning was $100.In looking at bill, cleaning would have been $350 for cleaning alone.
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Routine Dental Cleaning
Amount: $900.00
Posted by: PipPen in Oakland, CA.Posted: January 26th, 2016 07:01PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: VetCost: 900.00
I'm in the SF Bay Area so I guess that's about what it costs. Unbelievable.
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Teethe cleaning on my cat
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Lynn3B in Gorham, ME.Posted: December 9th, 2015 08:12AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: VetCost: 450.00 - 700.00
I was given a low end quote of $405.00 and upward end of $700.00 and had to sign a consent form. My cat is 14 years old and just had dental work done 2 years ago at $400.00. Vet insurance doesn't cover anything and they slid micro chipping in the quote too. Love my cats, but goodness, who can afford it?? (Everyone thinks I'm crazy, but I too love my cats)
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