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Teeth Cleaning...?

chico2
December 8th, 2004, 04:00 PM
Before I bring Rocky in for teeth cleaning,I would like to know how much you pay for having a cats teeth cleaned.
I had Rocky done a few years back at $150,now since the new vet has taken over it's $300+,is that the norm??? I paid $310 for Chico last year and it just about gave hubbie a heart-attack..
With those prices,we've decided to do just one cat a year and Rocky will be next.I've been considering calling around to other vets,but I am reluctant since I like my vet,but she charges so much more on everything than my former vet.I realize their expences have gone up,just like our own..but maybe she just knows a sucker when she sees one,ME!!!

Shaykeija
December 8th, 2004, 05:39 PM
I have had the same vet for 15 years. When the time to get Sophie spayed I called hime first. Big mistake. When I started to call other vets in town, I found that my vet was the most expensive. He wanted almost 700 to do Sophie..Teeth, spay, hernia and lump removal. I got another vet to do it for under 300 and that included pain meds. I would shop around but try to get referrals too.

krdahmer
December 8th, 2004, 08:34 PM
Whoa Chico...that sounds really high to me, our vet here said that it would be just a bit over a $100 to do Smoke's. That was last year, I've been buying food with larger pieces (Nutro is a good one, I tried the Wellness but both Windy and the kitten got the craps from it- Vet says she may have irritable bowel) and giving her tarter control treats and this year the vet didn't say a thing about her teeth being bad. My brother also has a problem with his male cat's teeth and was given a special dry food that looked like malt balls that clean his teeth while he's eating. And now he doesnt need to take him for the cleaning. I'd definitely look into it... sounds pricey to me. And maybe you don't have to put them through the anestesia if you can find an alternative. :love:
Hope that was somewhat helpful...lol. ;)

Hound_Dog
December 8th, 2004, 09:13 PM
I go to a place that charges about $30....but you'd have to book a $1500 plane ticket...heh heh.

chico2
December 9th, 2004, 10:49 AM
Ok Hound Dog,here we come!!!
There actually is no problem with their teeth,just very little tartar...but the vet has a way of making me feel a little guilty,the first thing she looks at is their teeth and that's ok,in case there is a problem.
They eat big crunchys every day....I think I'll be calling around,we have tons of vets in the area,maybe I'll change vet alltogether,mine is raising prices every time I go,it seems.
Just this spring,she charged $79 for Chico, a general check-up+2 shots,rabies not needed,last week the same for Vinnie was $94..
I am not cheap when it comes to the cats,but I also don't want to be a sucker! Thank's guys!!

doggy lover
December 9th, 2004, 01:05 PM
Vets in a large city always seem to charge more for things than country vets. When we had our last dog put to sleep, our vet in the city said it would cost over $200, as we were taking him to our cottage to burie him there he told us to take him to a vet there and have it done, it would also be cheeper. This way we didn't have to transport his body so far and it only cost us $50. So if you can look into a vet in the country.

whinnie-boo
December 9th, 2004, 01:11 PM
I'd also suggest shopping around, and if there is a out of town Vet close by, they've probably got the best deals. That seems way too pricey for me. I don't doubt that your Vet is the best of the best, but you should consider checking out another.
I agree with sparing no expense when it comes to my kids, but at the same time, we have to pinch the pennies in case they happen to need something that we can not shop around for. A dental is not life or death, check it out.

chico2
December 9th, 2004, 08:39 PM
WBoo,no,I don't think they are the best of the best....my original vet,before she moved back home to Scotland,was very reasonable and she was wonderful with the animals,she was my vet for many years.But she sold the practise and there are now THREE vets in the same place,I suppose we have to pay the salaries now for 3 instead of one... :mad:
I have another vet in mind a little out of my way,but no more than 20 min..my now vet is only 5 min away.
Thank's everyone,with hubbie soon retiring,I can see spending a lot if my cats are sick,but $300+ for teethcleaning is a bit stiff!!!