Bowpi came to us with gunky teeth, and is in need of dental work.
We considered anesthesia-free dental, but the person who checked her out said she'll need to go under; it doesn't look like her teeth have ever been done (she's about 5 or 6 years old) and while her gums look good, they'll want to look underneath the gumline.
We got an estimate done at one vet so far. They quoted us $560 for everything without extractions (including pre-dental bloodwork, IV, fluids, a technician to monitor her all day, a special sealant after the cleaning…), or up to $950 in the "unlikely" possibility of three extractions (they included the price of a molar in this estimate, just in case). :eek:
Now keep in mind that this is skewed for California cost of living, but that seems awfully high. I know dental work is supposed to be expensive, but never having a dog that needed dental work before, I was a little shocked!
Just curious as to what Basenji dental work costs in other parts of the world/country? Not that I can do anything about it… except envy the rest of you who are able to get the job done at half these prices.
At any rate, we're going to ask around for a couple more estimates. The vet said Bowpi could probably wait until February, which is "Pet Dental Month," and they would knock 25% off the bill. Meanwhile, she gets daily PlaqueOff supplements, occasional raw meaty bones, Himalayan yak chews, and C.E.T. dental chews, which have already improved her teeth and breath a LOT compared to when we first got her.
Also, I love this link on the BRAT page about Basenji dental work:
Unfortunately, Bowpi's teeth are in worse shape.
But we're going to make them better!