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    I have just joined with the hope that someone here might be able to help.

    I know this is a very open question, but I am not after an exact answer, just a rough idea.

    I have a 2 1/2 year old kelpie (red dog). He has snapped off one of his bottom k9 teeth. I have no idea how it happened. He has not had any bones, he does not chew sticks or stones. So the cause is not known. I noticed the tooth missing last Thursday. I am a house sitter so move around a fair bit. He is not in any pain or he is not showing it if he is. So I will get it looked at by a vet next week when I get to Victoria. I thought that would be best as I am only here for a few more days.

    I have no idea what can be done with dentistry these days, but if possible I would like to keep the tooth and just get it capped. It has snapped off near the gum line and the inner soft parts (nerves etc) are exposed.

    The question...What sort of cost should I expect? I expect at least a few hundred. Anaesthetic should be around $150 then the surgery on top of that. Should I expect a few hundred or would expecting $1,000 or more be more realistic?

    Thanks for your help.

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    RedDog

    All I can say is shop around a bit - the prices vets give are quite widely varying - the 24 hour vets are most expensive, followed by the ones in high rent / expensive suburbs.

    I thought the anaesthetic would cost more than that - maybe the drug is $150 but there needs to be two people with the dog - eg the surgeon plus someone separate to make sure he keeps breathing.

    Ring up a few vets and ask. I think the hardest thing about that is that if you're travelling - the best way to find a good vet is word of mouth - and you won't get any this way. Maybe find a park or dog club where there are lots of dogs and ask around who they take their dogs to. Small white fluffies seem to have the most frequent dodgy teeth problems - look for one that is well cared for - ie neat coat, short claws, clean looking...

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    Hi Hyacinth, Thanks for the tips...I hear you loud and clear on the white fluffies !!

    The owners of the house I am sitting in Vic have told me that their vet does dentistry. Their dogs are well looked after, even though they are not white they are fluffy So I am happy with using their vet.

    I have had blue healers for the past 30 odd years. This is the first kelpie I have had and I have never had a dental problem before. I don't really mind how much it costs but I don't want to get ripped off. What I really need is just a ball park figure. For example, if the vet said $800 would that sound fair or should it be more like $400? Or should I not be shocked if he says $1500 for example?

    I have spoken to my vet but they are 1000km away. They didn't want to say how much it should cost. All they said was the window for treatment was about 3 weeks after which the remainder of the tooth will start to decay. I will be in Vic on Sunday which will be 1 1/2 weeks so I have limited time for proper treatment. With no idea of how much it should cost I will be completely at the mercy of the vet.

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    Ok I found a list of prices on the dark side from 2009

    Varied between $300 and $800 for tooth removal (under anaesthetic)

    And there was one rottie that had a tooth capped for $800.

    So extrapolate based on the increase in price on vaccinations or cappuccinos or 1/4 chicken and chips...

    I'd be guessing but $1000 to $1500 doesn't seem unreasonable but $3000 would be outrageous.

    I guess you could try calling your regular vet and putting it to them that way - you're not coming to them so what price they suggest is only to help you not get ripped off. So a basic price range for planned tooth cap under general would be? And run away if they ask for $?

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    Thanks again Hyacinth.

    I hear you load and clear again... I happened to go through Gundagai a few weeks ago. Lived there for a few months about 20 years ago...No more like 30 years ago...(family lived there for many years). Anyway, back then it was just Gundagai...Now it has things like Maccas and an RSL club!! oh and wollies! So for the first time in years, I went to Maccas... $9.35 for a big mac meal !!!!!!!! Last time I got a big mac meal it was $4.95... I can get a 12 inch Sub for $7..!!!

    I don't even want to think about what a 1/4 chicken and chips would cost.

    OK. That is the help I was looking for. Somewhere around $1000 to $1500. I might have to give Mother a call to "top up" my bank balance. But that price range is do-able and I wont fall over if the vet gives a price in that range.

    I see that I can post pics...So on the off chance that a dentistry vet see this in time, this is the snapped off tooth...


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    Sorry for double posting. But it didn't let me post two pics...

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    That tooth on the bottom looks erm - ugly. Definitely want to stay away from sugary things and tin foil while it's like that. sigh.

    I have heard of dogs doing that kind of damage biting on metal mesh crates or dog cages (back of ute) or fences with chain mesh etc... or chains. metal things.

    Hope you get him sorted.

    Not sure how many vets come in here. There is an ask the vet forum somewhere but I think that's USA based and they'd have different costings and pricings to here.

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    Tin foil...now that would be funny. Nasty but funny.

    I got a quote of $350 to $400 to remove the tooth. So he is booked in for tomorrow.

    They said it could be capped but that would be a specialist job and require a referral from a vet. They couldn't say what a specialist would charge but guessed it would be upwards of $1,500 to $2,000. Not to mention the nearest specialist is 400km away.

    Thanks again for all the help.

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