Search thousands of topics on

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Pets & Pet Care  > Dog Teeth Cleaning

Dog Teeth Cleaning Cost

How Much Does a Dog Teeth Cleaning Cost?

 average costMedium: $70-$350 
post E-mail post Post   Comments (132)

Regular teeth cleaning at a veterinarian's office -- along with brushing the teeth at home between cleanings -- helps prevent gum disease, which can prevent major health problems such as heart and kidney disease. As in humans, oral health in dogs is linked to overall health.

Typical costs:

  • A dog teeth cleaning typically costs between $70 and $350, depending on whether pre-anesthetic bloodwork is done as well as the difficulty of the job, including the amount of build-up on the teeth and under the gumline and whether periodontal disease is present.
  • The average claims amount submitted for dog teeth cleaning by Veterinary Pet Insurance policyholders is $292.
  • Daily brushing with dog toothpaste, which veterinarians recommend in addition to regular cleanings, costs about $30 to $60 or per year, depending on the size of the dog.[1] offers a guide to brushing a dog's teeth. An alternative is Oravet[2] , a plaque-fighting gel that is painted on the dog's teeth weekly.
Related articles: Dog Grooming, Dog Vaccination, Owning a Dog, Dog Spay or Neuter, Dog Kennel, Dog Flea Control

What should be included:
  • After examining the dog's teeth and administering anesthesia, the veterinarian removes tartar and plaque and smoothes the surfaces of the roots. If necessary, diseased gum tissue is removed. Then, the veterinarian polishes the teeth and rinses the mouth.
  • A fluoride treatment, which is sometimes included, can help minimize discomfort and harden enamel.
  • The veterinarian keeps a detailed chart of the dog's tooth problems -- such as missing, loose or fractured teeth and periodontal disease -- and procedures performed. Follow-up recommendations also should be provided.
  •[3] offers a step-by-step look and photos of the process.
Additional costs:
  • If the dog has advanced periodontal diseases, deep scaling and even surgery might be required.[4] has answers about periodontal disease. Early stage disease may require only a thorough cleaning, but late-stage surgery or extractions can cost $1,000 or more.
  • Some foods and treats can help to control plaque and tartar, which could help save hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, if they are part of an overall plan that prevents periodontal disease. Dental diets cost about $30 for a 30-pound bag, or about $250 per year to feed a moderately active medium-sized dog. Treats can cost about $50 to $100 or more per year, depending on the type and frequency of use. The Veterinary Oral Health Council[5] provides a list of approved products.
Shopping for a dog teeth cleaning:
  • Any veterinarian can perform a teeth cleaning, but veterinary dentists are specialists. The American Veterinary Dental College[6] lists veterinary dentists by state.
  • Tip: Start regular exams, cleanings and brushing early in the dog's life.[7] offers a pet dental care guide.
  •[8] has a primer on the types and safety of pet anesthesia.
post E-mail post Post   Comments (132)
CostHelper News

Top 7 Ways to Trim Pet Expenses
Pets, for many, are part of the family; another member that needs love, feeding and treatment, just like anyone else in the household. || Posted September 18 2013

Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts

What People Are Paying - Recent Comments

Page 5 of 5   -   << Previous   1   2   3   4   5   

Dogs teeth cleaned
Amount: $245.00
Posted by: Zeus E's mom in Lee's Summit, MO.Posted: September 2nd, 2015 11:09AM
Breed: Bichon FriseVet: Summit Park Animal Hospital
$107 for labs a few weeks before the cleaning. $138 and change the day of the cleaning. No insurance. I have no idea the exact age of Zeus as he was a shelter dog and an adult when I got him. I've had him 7 yrs. He still has all teeth and romps and plays and jumps so not too elderly. I thought it was expensive but with anesthesia and the care, I'm thinking it was a bargain. They even trimmed his nails for me and talked to me to let me know how he did. He really is my furry kid!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Dog dental cleaning
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: ka514 in Sacramento, CA.Posted: August 28th, 2015 03:08PM
Breed: Rat terrier - 10 yrs.Vet:
This site was helpful to me, so I thought I would contribute after I had my dog's teeth cleaned. I spent $300 total for the following: pre-anesthesia blood work (since my dog is a senior), polyflex injection (antibiotic), pain injection, scaling and polishing of teeth, fluoride application, and a 7-day supply of antibiotics. While my dog was out, they also checked her ears, anal glands, and clipped her nails (for free). She did not require IV fluids. I was told that any extractions would be $16 each, unless it was a larger back tooth that required stitches. They said that I would not be charged for any loose front incisors that came out easily. She had one top front incisor removed at no cost that was already loose.
I was happy with the results, price, and service. This vet was less than others in the area. When I asked why, I was told this was due to them owning their own scaling equipment.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Two Tooth Extractions
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: E. in Fayetteville, GA.Posted: August 23rd, 2015 02:08PM
Breed: Mixed BreedVet: Banfield
For 2 carnassial extractions and scaling, polish. Dog is 7 years old (No Wellness plan). I'm still looking around.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
dog teeth cleaning
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: dacia in san antonio, TX.Posted: July 19th, 2015 10:07AM
Breed: chicuahuaVet:
senior on fix income needs to have dog's teeth clean. I need to find an affordable vetenerian in san Antonio,tx
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Teeth Cleaning
Amount: $556.50
Posted by: Ginny Weller in Carlisle, PA.Posted: April 8th, 2015 10:04AM
Breed: English SetterVet: Carlisle Small Animal Vet Clinic
HealthChek Bloodwork - $109. Catheterization - $15. Propoflo - $22. Anesthesia - $122. Dental Radiograph per tooth - $45. Teeth Cleaning - $90. Extractions per tooth - $40.60. Medical Waste Disposal - $2.80. Flouride Treatment - $11.60. Flo-Cillin Antibiotic Injection - $22. Miscellaneous Medication (how about telling me what the medication actually is??) - $54.50. Analgesic Pain Management - $22. Nail Trim - Free (gee, thanks).
I can hardly afford to care for my pets and I know I could get it done cheaper elsewhere, but my vets are top notch and have saved more than one of my dogs on more than one occasion.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Teeth cleaning w anesthesia at one of the best rated vets in San Diego
Amount: $288.00
Posted by: a user in San Diego, CA.Posted: February 26th, 2015 08:02PM
Breed: Shiba InuVet: Governor Animal Clinic
5 year old Shiba Inu/ 1st cleaning/ no insurance/ 1st time at this vet. I was told by others on the dog park that Governor Animal Clinic was one of the best clinics in SD but also a little pricey. By the looks of what others have paid I feel so much better about my experience. Cost break down as followed:
$57 Office visit (1st time), $55 Sedation, $30 nursing care, $60 Dental cleaning- hand scaling (level 1), $86 Sevoflurane gas to help wake him up & a few hours observation.
Total: $288.
Heck, I even had both ears cleaned while he was under, Bordetella/Parainfluenza Booster given, and got a 6 month supply of flea meds (comfortis). All together with the dental work I walked out paying $434.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Dog Dental cleaning
Amount: $157.00
Posted by: Kittybelle in Miami, FL.Posted: February 17th, 2015 10:02AM
Breed: Havanese- male -3 yrsVet: Smiley Pet Stop
I had a mobile come to my Miami home and a dental cleaning was performed without anesthesia inside the mobile. Done Feb 17, 2015 It took 1 hour. Teeth had tartar & were black. Bad breath also. When she finished his teeth were white again. It is a holistic approach with music. It is not for all dogs. Found a coupon in groupon for this service. Great job Vivian
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Teeth Cleaning
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Milo's family in San diego, CA.Posted: January 8th, 2015 06:01AM
Breed: Dachsund Beagle Chihuahua mixVet: Clairemont Village Pet Clinic
10 year old dog, bad breath, visible dark colored plaque build-up at gum lines, 1st ever cleaning. Here's the cost breakdown:
$80 Blood panel to clear him for procedure, $119 Anesthesia, $49 Dental prophy+polish, $23 Antibiotic injection, $41 Clavamox 125 mg, $75 SANOS application-per bottle, $19 Fluids IV procedure, $24 pre-anesthetic medication, $47 Catheterization, $4 Flouride treatment, $2 ProVseal application, $11 Surgical hazardous waste disposal
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Teeth Cleaning
Amount: $166.00
Posted by: DanielleRB in San Bernardino, CA.Posted: January 2nd, 2015 06:01PM
Breed: ChihuahuaVet: Arrowview Animal Clinic
I cannot believe the amount of vets that take advantage of people with the insanely high $$ cost of vet bills! I only paid $166 for my dog to get his teeth cleaned. They charge $98 for the procedure with no additional cost to pull any teeth. The additional cost were for blood testing, antibiotics and IV. My dog is almost 8 years old and their staff does an amazing job caring for him. By far the lowest prices I have ever found!! This cost is for January 2015!!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Teeth cleaning and extractions
Amount: $1,600.00
Posted by: SadMom in Reno, NV.Posted: December 22nd, 2014 03:12PM
Breed: Mini-schnauzer-14.5 yrsVet:
Price included cleaning ($475), 14 extractions (one was a cracked tooth), antibiotics, and pain meds. In my opinion this was extremely expensive. Also a waste since my dog passed away one month after the procedure. My advice to every one is to get X-rays if you have an older dog. He may have loss of appetite from cancer and not dental. I didn't have the X-rays done because it would have been another $400. I wish I had gone to a less expensive Vet to get the X-rays. Always check around and don't rush into anything. My dog had advanced cancer and we didn't know until after his dental surgery. It would have saved me $1600 and my dog lots of needless pain and suffering.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Exorbitant charges for 2.5 year old Chi
Amount: $1,100.00
Posted by: Rescue Mom in Stead, NV.Posted: October 15th, 2014 10:10AM
Breed: ChiVet:
This is more than I can afford so I had to have them just scale and they said 1 tooth was loose and one might need to be removed at $50. Per tooth. I appreciate their training but it's rough on folks woth fixed incomes. I put some money aside every month for vet bills but this was way more than I could save.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
"Old Lady" teeth cleaning and extraction
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: samagliani in Killeen, TX.Posted: October 7th, 2014 02:10PM
Breed: YorkieVet: Banfield
Harley, who is 15, is still in surgery as I write this. The vet just called to give me an update on her condition. She will have to have 7 teeth extracted today. Several fell out during the cleaning. Will I be charged for those? They have also found 2 eupulis tumors in her mouth. We said to go ahead and remove those for pathology. We are hoping they are from the chronic irritation from the gum disease. I think my girl will have a rough few days ahead of her, but in the long run I would have spent my last dime making her better. Do I think it's expensive? Yes!!
Harley has had dental cleanings before and did very well. At the last one the vet recommended no more cleanings due to her age. Now we pay for that bad advice. If we had known he would have continued the cleanings. We love our girl and don't wish her any unnecessary pain. Good luck to all of you with your faithful friends and companions. Take care
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Shop around!
Amount: $190.00
Posted by: Jennylyn55 in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: October 4th, 2014 01:10PM
Breed: Terrier mixVet: Green Valley AH
My small terrier mix who weighs 15lbs cracked the large, triangular tooth in back. My regular vet quoted $450+ for one tooth to be extracted. I am a student and can't afford that high a price tag, but didn't want my pup to be in pain so I asked coworkers and friends for their vet's info. The price varies drastically so shop around and find a vet you are confident in. The lowest I was quoted was $137 and the highest was $600. I ended up paying $190 for anesthesia, cleaning, one extraction, antibiotics and pain medication.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Dog Teeth Cleaning
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: Old cat juggler in , CO.Posted: September 5th, 2014 01:09PM
Breed: allVet:
Rescues usually require contracts that clearly spell out your responsibility for the animals wellbeing after adoption, NOT the other way around- cats and dogs are not under warranty. "Rescuing" any animal into a life of dirt-cheap treatment and neglect is animal abuse; neglecting care until problems create more expensive, even life-threatening complications, does not shift the responsibility onto the treating doctor (veterinarians attend a four-year medical program, not some six-week tech school).
I just retired from the field, luckily in an area where income and education levels can sustain quality treatment of animals; for the reader, cleaning w/o anesthesia is marginal at best, and with anesthesia competent dentistry is a huge bargain if its under $750. Subsidized shelters compromise local vets business, because people take advantage of cheap services offset by donations. Spays do not "cost" $15.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Deep cleaning and extractions
Amount: $90.00
Posted by: Cocoa's Mom - Phyllis Rios in Lawrenceville, GA.Posted: August 23rd, 2014 01:08PM
Breed: ChihuahuaVet: Society of Humane Friends of Gwinnett Co
When we got our 4-year baby from someone she had horrible breath and our vet recommended a deep cleaning for $175. I checked around and the SOHFGA did the same procedure for $80. So I had them do it at the same time we had her spayed. They did an excellent job of cleaning and polishing her teeth. She has about 7 side teeth that had to be extracted due to periodontal disease, but they did not charge anything extra. The price included also a 10 day antibiotic. I paid only $10 more for a pain and anti-inflammatory shot for her. I was extremely please with the results and the price. It was August 2014 (not 2012).
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Quote at Veterinary "teaching" hospital
Amount: $1,100.00
Posted by: N. Stevens in Fort Collins, CO.Posted: July 22nd, 2014 02:07PM
Breed: Italian GreyhoundVet:
This the quote from CSU vet hospital for cleaning and extraction including blood work and anesthesia. I thought University teaching hospitals, being somewhat tax-payer supported would have a competitive price, at least less than the private sector-Nope! What are they "teaching the students? To gauge customers?
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
16yr old mini poodle
Amount: $260.00
Posted by: Animallover in Virginia Beach, VA.Posted: April 24th, 2014 09:04PM
Breed: Mini poodleVet: Virginia Beach SPCA
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
It\'s a racket.
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: Fred777 in Richomd, VA.Posted: August 26th, 2013 10:08AM
Never growing up 70s and 80s did we clean our dog's teeth and they all lived 13+ years. It's just a way for vets to extract money from you.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Dog Teeth Extractions/Cleaning
Amount: $1,400.00
Posted by: CJ in New York, NY.Posted: August 16th, 2013 09:08AM
Breed: PomeranianVet:
Had 9 teeth extracted, plus some tests aside from bloodwork that probably were not absolutely necessary (dog is 9 years old). NYC vets are way overpriced (and I don't live in Manhattan).
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Dog teeth cleaning and extractions
Amount: $1,100.00
Posted by: M Sparks in atascadero, CA.Posted: August 5th, 2013 01:08PM
Breed: chi/jackVet: aaronian
Small 13 year old dog, Chihuahua/jack mix. Terrible breath. Ongoing problem with teeth. This time extensive cleaning and about 10 extractions. Vet swears that I will see a new dog in about a week or two. All that infection and pus and inflammation will be gone and he will live a long healthy life
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Dog Teeth Cleaning
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: Joey-D in madison, WI.Posted: April 9th, 2013 07:04AM
Breed: Daschund & BeagleVet: Banfield
I am set up with a plan that covers one teeth cleaning per year. I pay 32/month which is about 384 annually, but also covers all necessary shots(rabies, distemper, etc...)
The blood work is all covered, but anything above normal is extra. My dog is older so it is $25 for per-anethetic and tooth extractions are expensive. A premolar was quoted at 214 to remove, but we chose to cover it with an antibiotic gel for now since it wasn't extremley bad.($60)Since I am getting a cleaning every year, I can anticipate it for next year. He has had 22 teeth removed before, and the smaller/less important chewing teeth were 20-30 to remove each. some were $60.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Amount: $820.00
Posted by: Love my baby in West bloomfield, MI.Posted: April 2nd, 2013 10:04PM
Breed: BrusselsGriffonVet:
My 9pounds 6 years old guy had 6 teeth removed and cleaning It is so over priced .they sad he was in pain and they had to give him more anesthetic Is an it strange, don't they now how much they should give from the beginning, so dog does not fill pain?And they do not charge so much ?My friend paid for her little dog cleaning and 7 teeth extraction $500 month ago .
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Teeth Cleaning
Amount: $286.53
Posted by: Mom2Daisy in Greencastle, PA.Posted: March 11th, 2013 06:03PM
Breed: Mixed Border CollieVet: Greencastle Veterinary Hosp.(D. Oliver)
March 2013_Waived the $83 pre-surgery bloodwork; Sedatives, pain killer, anesthesia inhalant:$125; Clean/polish: $77; Hospitalization: $29; Oravet:$56; Clindamycin for home $10. Dropped off a.m. and picked up p.m. Dog is whining, breathing coarse. Vet in Wisconsin charged ~$120 so must not have used so many drugs.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
cleaning, xrays& 1extraction
Amount: $513.00
Posted by: Mabel in North Royalton, OH.Posted: February 17th, 2013 04:02AM
Breed: Spanish water dogVet: N. Royalton Animal Hospital
Estimate is for $513 and $767 on the high side if they have to extract more than one tooth. This includes blood work before hand, heart monitoring by a specialist through out, medicine for after.rnThey seem to include a lot of extra charges and I thought it was very high until I looked on here. Think I will still shop around
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Cleaning with Iso
Amount: $160.00
Posted by: Pomeranian lover in Lindale, TX.Posted: January 30th, 2013 10:01PM
Breed: PomeranianVet: Renee Smith
Dental cleaning, Isoflurane anesthesia, used a Bairhugger under him for warmth. She takes excellent care of my dogs and is very personable.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Teeth cleaning w anesthesia
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Doglover in Dallas, TX.Posted: November 4th, 2012 09:11AM
Breed: ShihtzuVet:
I have my 4 year old on a wellness plan at Petsmart! They have a vet office there called bandied. The wellness plan is roughly 33$ a month for 12 months. It includes all shots,heart worm testing and two comprehensive exams every year, and free office visits. It includes one dental cleaning a year. I take we at 7am once a year they clean her teeth I pick her up around four and pay nothing out of pocket because I pay 33$ a month. Only thing I ever pay for besides monthly is her heartworm shot that cost 35 dollars and I get it done every six months! And if you ever need medicine if here sick you pay that out of pocket and its discounted for bein on a wellness plan! They're a great and treats my dogs like their own!!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam

Page 5 of 5   -   << Previous   1   2   3   4   5   


Comment On Your Experience With a Dog Teeth Cleaning
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Breed: Vet: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.

External Resources:
More Pets & Pet Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Pets & Pet Care How Much Does Owning a Dog Cost? How Much Does a Chinchilla Cost? How Much Does a Horse Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on


Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Angiogram of heart
Paid: 55150.00
Had this procedure done to check heart due to abnormal stress test. Did not need any stents or any other procedure as everything was negative... [more]
-Pamela Garrett
Angiogram Cost
HELP: asbestos in furance - many questions
Paid: 0.00
I am renting out my home in Grand Rapids, MI and have received a notice from the city that the home must be inspected... [more]
Asbestos Removal Cost
Paid: 45.00
The clamp was annoying so it took away concentration of the tiny sting of the needle. I had just turned 15 at the the time and I've had it for almost a year and it has healed fast and never given me any trouble... [more]
Body Piercings Cost
Paid: 3009.00
Single family home... [more]
Ductwork Cost
2 half shafts replaced
Paid: 140.00
Bought the axles myself on ebay for 40 each, then had a mobile mechanic come to my house to do the work. It is not a hard job, but has a couple tricky parts for a subaru. Easier for a honda or toyota... [more]
-Subbie Giy
Replacing a CV Boot Cost
Even with insurance looking at going broke
Paid: 55000.00
Recently on a camping vacation my 11 year old became very sick. Took him to the closest hospital. Found out he is type 1 diabetic. Was very sick and had to be flown from Rock Springs WY, to Salt Lake City, UT. 185 mile on the ground... [more]
-Broke and confused.
Air Ambulance Cost