Pet Dental Costs
How much does a pet dental cost?
At Prescott Animal Hospital, it is our goal to educate our community on the importance of routine dental care, before it is a serious problem and oral surgery is required. We understand that pet owners are often surprised about the cost of recommended veterinary services and dental care is no exception. We do not want owners to choose care for their pet based strictly on price; we want them to choose based on the value and quality of care their pet is receiving. Our recommendations include what we feel is in the best health and safety interest of the patient.
We believe each patient is unique and we treat each patient based on their individual needs; we do not have a “one size fits all” dental plan. It is not our policy to provide treatment plans (estimates) over the phone. It is not possible to determine the total situation without seeing the patient, including an exam and reviewing the full medical history. This is the same as your own dentist as they cannot provide a diagnosis, recommendations or a treatment plan over the phone.
Providing routine dental care prior to needing oral surgery, is important not only to help with financial costs, but it is important for the patient’s health. Dental disease can affect the overall health of your pet, including heart, liver and kidneys.
AAHA Standards of Care
Being accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), we adhere to the highest standards of medical care, including anesthesia protocols and dental recommendations.
AAHA's Dental Guidelines for Dogs and Cats recommend regular exams and dental cleanings for all adult dogs and cats.
Why are veterinary pet dental cleanings more costly than the anesthesia free procedures at my groomer?
“Put simply, when it comes to the procedure alone, you get what you pay for. A veterinarian provides a professional service that requires a great deal of training and experience with the pet’s health in mind. There are certainly more costs involved in anesthesia, equipment, x-rays and trained staff, which all amount to your pet getting a higher quality of care and ultimately maintaining a healthy mouth. Over the long term, extensive dental disease as a result of a pet not having cleanings or having anesthesia free cleanings can become far more expensive.”
-American Veterinary Dental College