11 year old dachshund rotten teeth- no money for cleaning

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Old 04-25-2018, 11:18 PM
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11 year old dachshund rotten teeth- no money for cleaning

Hi there,

My parents dachshund has very rotten teeth, they look white but the gumline is all brown etc. Vet quoted 1300 for 2 extractions and an anesthetized cleaning, but my parents don't have the money right now to get that done. The dogs teeth haven't ever been brushed, but otherwise he is in perfect health.

Are there any natural rememdies which may reduce the infection? He doesn't seem to have any ill effects yet besides bad breath and reverse sneezing(not sure if related)

So far we have been giving him Fish Oil pills and coconut oil.

Any other suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you.

The dog will not let anyone brush his teeth, we have tried.
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Unfortunately a proper dental cleaning is the best thing you can do. That being said there are some things you can try to prevent the problem from getting worse. Also $1300 is very high for a dental with only 2 extractions. I work in the most expensive area of Orange County, CA and the most expensive dental we have ever done was $1100 on a dachshund; the dog needed a complete set of dental X-rays and a full mouth extractions. You may want to try calling around for some other price quotes, feel free to let them know what you were already quoted and ask what the worst case scenario would cost. Unfortunately dachshunds are notorious for having terrible mouths and needing multiple extractions. We also include blood work, IV catheter and IV fluids standard with all our anesthetic procedures, anyone charging more than $400 for a teeth cleaning better be including those items in with the price. Definitely have your parents try to start saving their pennies in whatever way they can. In the meantime there are some chews out there that you can try(CET chews or VeggieDents), most Petsmarts carry them and a lot of vet offices have them as well. Both myself and the other RVT I our office prefer the VeggieDents and have had great success using them with our Dachshunds. I would stay away from any of the water additives that claim to keep teeth clean. Most of the time they don't work and there's a risk of them having a negative impact on your pets organ functions. Ideally teeth brushing everyday would be wonderful, even doing it once a week has shown to have a significant impact on dental health. There's tons of YouTube videos out there on training your pet to like teeth brushing.
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Unfortunately a proper dental cleaning is the best thing you can do. That being said there are some things you can try to prevent the problem from getting worse. Also $1300 is very high for a dental with only 2 extractions. I work in the most expensive area of Orange County, CA and the most expensive dental we have ever done was $1100 on a dachshund; the dog needed a complete set of dental X-rays and a full mouth extractions. You may want to try calling around for some other price quotes, feel free to let them know what you were already quoted and ask what the worst case scenario would cost. Unfortunately dachshunds are notorious for having terrible mouths and needing multiple extractions. We also include blood work, IV catheter and IV fluids standard with all our anesthetic procedures, anyone charging more than $400 for a teeth cleaning better be including those items in with the price. Definitely have your parents try to start saving their pennies in whatever way they can. In the meantime there are some chews out there that you can try(CET chews or VeggieDents), most Petsmarts carry them and a lot of vet offices have them as well. Both myself and the other RVT I our office prefer the VeggieDents and have had great success using them with our Dachshunds. I would stay away from any of the water additives that claim to keep teeth clean. Most of the time they don't work and there's a risk of them having a negative impact on your pets organ functions. Ideally teeth brushing everyday would be wonderful, even doing it once a week has shown to have a significant impact on dental health. There's tons of YouTube videos out there on training your pet to like teeth brushing.
Hi, thank you for the reply.
at 11 the dog is in otherwise perfect health, still goes on long walks, lots of energy etc. I think for that reason i'll help the parents cover the costs. We're located in Canada, maybe that's the reason for the higher cost, but i'll definitely call around.

In the meantime i guess we'll just continue the coconut oil and fish oils.
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AFTER, not before, he has the tooth extraction and cleaning, you can try feeding him RAW, they must be raw and not cooked, meaty bones to help his teeth stay clean. Depending on if he is a miniature dachshund, or a standard dachshund, either chicken wings with the skin removed, or turkey necks will do a good job of keeping his teeth clean, feed once or twice a week for best results.

I feed my 9 lb chi x dach a few different types of raw bones (can't do chicken as he's sensitive to it) and so far the vet has not recommended a dental for him. He's 5 years old and most chihuahuas or dachshunds need a dental by now, I do not brush his teeth.
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AFTER, not before, he has the tooth extraction and cleaning, you can try feeding him RAW, they must be raw and not cooked, meaty bones to help his teeth stay clean. Depending on if he is a miniature dachshund, or a standard dachshund, either chicken wings with the skin removed, or turkey necks will do a good job of keeping his teeth clean, feed once or twice a week for best results.

I feed my 9 lb chi x dach a few different types of raw bones (can't do chicken as he's sensitive to it) and so far the vet has not recommended a dental for him. He's 5 years old and most chihuahuas or dachshunds need a dental by now, I do not brush his teeth.
Hi, thank you.

Over the past year he has been fed raw chicken wings and drumsticks... he loves them. Wish it had been done his whole life. He's a mini dachshund but weighs in at 19lbs.
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Wow... $1100 the most expensive dental in Orange county??... hard to believe... Even at our clinic some bills have been nearly $2000 (particularly if there are a lot of difficult extractions and lots of radiographs)... but the clinic up the street has had multiple bills up to $3000 and even a bit over that with full mouth rads, follow up rads, blood, ecg., full mouth extractions... etc... ) and that does not include what can be done at a specialist with root canals, bonding, braces etc... bills can easily top $4000 with all that going on. And Orange county is a pricier climate than Los Angeles so likely if you looked around you might find places that charge a LOT more than that.
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I'm in LA county, and though there are some Vets that are in relative terms, 'inexpensive', not sure I really want them working on Samantha. Our Vet does not give his services away, but he loves the animals, is very thorough, is great to follow up. I know I pay a bit more than perhaps down the street, but the care is great and I completely trust him to do what is best for Samantha. Our insurance plan has not balked at his pricing, so based on that, I would say he is within range.
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