Canine dental exams cost big bucks. Especially, if you have a senior dog. Our dog has had some seriously nasty breath for a while now. He had never had his teeth cleaned (although I have tried to brush his teeth). It was time to take him to the “doggie dentist”.
I called around town about 4 months ago to get a guesstimate quote. The cheapest I could find for a senior dog was STARTING at $250. That was just for the blood work and to see our dog. That didn’t include extractions or anything else. Yikes! For a family on one income, that really hurts.
I had taken our dog to Animal Trustees of Austin earlier in the year for shots. They were amazing. I thought I would give them a try for a dental exam. They did do dentals, but the wait was 3 months. As our dog’s breath was nasty (but, not deadly – yet), I made an appt. for 3 months away.
We went in the morning and dropped off our dog at 8am. Although our dog is a “big schweetie”, he doesn’t play well with other dogs. He literally freaks out and yelps the entire time. He isn’t mean or anything. It is like he is on doggie-overload and can’t process the information. As the waiting room was full of dogs and cats, we decided to stay outside with our stressed dog.
The vet technician was amazing and understood what was going on (apparently, we don’t own the only neurotic dog in Austin?). She took in our dog and sent us on our way.
We got a call 3 hours later saying that we could pick up our dog. This was 3 hours before most clients could pick them up. Hmm…weird. The reason why is that our dog was a bit too emotional and they wanted us to pick him up before other owners got their dogs. Too many dogs being picked up at the same time could start a fight. That would not be good.
I was thinking that I would get a monsterous bill (remember, the cheapest I found in Austin started at $250). I was amazed that the bill came to $95. That included blood work (as he is a senior), dental cleaning, free toe-nail clipping, and antibiotics for precaution due to tartar build-up in the system. No teeth needed to be extracted. The vet even said our dog was in great physical shape. Whew! That’s a relief!
If you live in Austin and own a dog or cat (and can’t afford to spend a ton of money on exams/procedures), I HIGHLY recommend Animal Trustees of Austin. The place isn’t all chrome and expensive furniture. It is bare-minimum accommodations. The staff is very nice and take lots of time to explain things to you. They are just great.
Thanks Animal Trustees of Austin. We will be back for future shots and to “see the doggie dentist” in the future.