One could also toy with the idea of obtaining a tooth scaling tool from your own dentist and try doing it yourself.
If your eyes are good and your hand steady and you are young enough to get down on the floor it might be worth a try. I did that back in the way back when I had an Italian Greyhound for 11+ years.
He would lay down flat out on his side and I would carefully scale away. So much time has past since then that I cannot remember how I got him to cooperate or how I eased him into the routine or how often I scaled his teeth... But I do remember that when he was PTS the vet was very impressed with the condition of his teeth and made a comment about how unusual/rare that he retained his complete set of teeth for a lifetime.
All I can really remember about it is that Pasquale was eventually more agreeable about tooth scaling than nail clipping. I began attempting to do his teeth after picking him up from his very first "vet dental" finding him groggy, dirty with news print (Pasquale's was white with large fawn spots) and strongly smelling of urine; :mad: we went from the front door directly to the sink to bathe him. So never again was he going to the vet for tooth scaling....
Now, they just stare at the TV and let me do anything with their teeth. I get them a regular fang-cleaning about every 2 or 3 years and they always have good reports. :)
$100-150 is passing rate for a dental procedure even with what they call a "Health and Comfort Pack" Which is a joke because most Vets factor in the painkiller for these things.
This clinic is rodgering you royally.
Last edited by asdf2231; 02-05-2009 at 10:47 AM.
A woman who does the Gilley Girls greyhound travelling troup dog shows saw Darlene and did a dental on the spot. Darlene just stood there. It's just a matter of my getting myself on the ground to get it done. I think the girls would prefer our doing it to spending the day at the vet.
They are soooo glad to be home. At least they were clean. We'd know if they werent'---Xena is white.
The other thing that got me upset was they nicked Xena with the clipper when they were shaving around the area where they inserted the IV. They had to close it up with surgical glue.
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