I don’t brush my dog’s teeth but I am willing to pay for full teeth cleaning under anesthesia when they need it.
So that I was prepared when that day comes, I started researching how much teeth cleaning for dogs cost.
UPDATED: January 25, 2023
How Much Does a Dog Dental Cleaning Cost in Seattle?
Since I live near Seattle, I called and spoke to several local veterinary clinics about the cost of getting my dog’s teeth cleaned.
I found that the service level and price quotes varied.
Teeth Cleaning at Aurora Veterinary Hospital
Our regular vet clinic is the Aurora Veterinary Hospital.
The vets there are great, the clinic is highly-rated with 4.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp, and I have no doubt that they would do a very thorough job with the cleaning.
I called them to ask how much they charge to clean a dog’s teeth.
Although they couldn’t give me a specific cost without a pre-dental exam, the estimate was $300 – $500 for a basic teeth cleaning, including the discharge antibiotics, per dog.
If teeth needed to be extracted, the price could increase by $100 – $300 or more.
I checked out prices at a few more places in to compare.
Teeth Cleaning at Shoreline Central Animal Hospital
I called them and they said the cleaning for my 4-year old dog would be $190, including post-dental medication.
It would cost another $130 for fluids and blood work for a senior dog to make sure they can handle the anesthesia and to keep them hydrated during the procedure.
Both dogs would need a pre-dental exam costing about $30 each.
Extractions would cost extra if needed.
In other words, a dog dental cleaning through them would cost an minimum of $220 for a young dog with little or no dental disease and closer to $600 minimum for a senior dog who might need an extraction.
Teeth Cleaning at Vet’s for Less Animal Clinic
The Vet’s for Less Animal Clinic in Federal Way, south of Seattle, quoted a dental cleaning at $79 – $109 (based on weight) on their website.
This clinic is named VCA Panther Lake Animal Hospital on Yelp and receives 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Their website lists the cost of a basic dog dental at $89-$119.
I called and was told a dog does not need a pre-dental physical exam so there is no extra cost there.
If tooth extractions are needed, they cost $13 for small teeth and $79 to $99 each for larger ones.
They said that they call you if extractions are recommended to see what you want to do (However, if your dog needs a rotten tooth out you should not leave it in).
They would want to do blood work on a senior dog before the procedure, which would cost around $20.
After-surgery antibiotics are only prescribed if they feel your dog needs them and they do cost extra.
Therefore, having a dog’s teeth cleaned at their clinic would start at around $139 for a small, young dog with little or no dental disease and could increase to around $240.
Teeth Cleaning at the Greenwood Animal Hospital
Their website says they charge $571.50 to clean a dog’s teeth plus another $200.00 for a pre-anesthetic blood test.
Tooth extractions can cost $50-$160 and the pain injection and medication to go home is an additional $100.00.
That means the minimum cost to get a dog’s teeth cleaned here starts at $871 and can go up from there.
The Average Cost to Get a Dog’s Teeth Cleaned in Seattle
Based on my limited research, the average cost to get your dog’s teeth cleaned under anesthesia in Seattle starts is about $550.
If you can find a budget veterinary clinic, it could cost as little as $140.
On the higher end, a dog dental cleaning in the Seattle area could cost closer to $1,000.
What About Banfield?
Banfield Pet Hospital is located within PetSmart stores around the US.
It is a full-service veterinary clinic but I didn’t list it in my research above because it’s not a typical pay-as-you-to clinic.
Still, people occasionally ask me about them because their Active Plus and Special Care dog Optimum Wellness Plans do cover 1 dental cleaning a year.
Parsing out what it costs to get a dog’s teeth cleaned at Banfield is difficult because their wellness plans are comprehensive and cover additional things like annual wellness exams, vaccinations, and more.
Depending on your location, the Active Plus plan is about $563 a year and and the Special Care pan is about $707 a year. (source)
Therefore, one could deduct that the dog dental cleaning cost at Banfield is some fraction of that.
How Much Does Dog Teeth Cleaning Cost Near Me?
I originally wrote this article in the beginning of 2014.
Since then, readers have chimed in and shared what they paid, or were quoted, from other locations around the US and Canada.
Instead of making you comb through all of the comments, I decided to compile that information directly in my article.
Some things to keep in mind around these numbers:
- These are reader reported. I have not confirmed the accuracy of these costs myself.
- The low-end quotes may be from budget or value clinics that may or may not cut corners.
- Before choosing where to get your dog’s teeth cleaned, be sure to ask a lot of questions, especially if the quote falls on the low end of the ranges below.
Questions to ask include:
- Will pre-anesthesia bloodwork be done?
- How do they keep the pet’s body temperature steady during the procedure (make sure it’s not by using a heating pad – that is an outdated method and I know a dog who died heating pad burns received during teeth cleaning).
- Does this quote include tooth extractions if they are needed? Be sure to ask about this because extracting one tooth could add $50-200 to the cost.
- Does this quote include post-surgery medications?
Based on reader reports, the US National average cost for dog teeth cleaning is $674.
Based on the few reports I received, the average cost to have your dog’s teeth cleaned in Canada is almost twice that ( $1,244).
Here is my compiled list of individual reports so you can find dog dental cleaning cost information for a city near you.
- Mobile: $629
- Auburn: $100-$250
- Muscle Shoals: $150
Alabama average: $282.25
- Unknown City: $1,500
- Cypress: $250-390
- South Lake Tahoe: $600-$800
- Bay Area: $600-$1,700
- Los Angeles: $400-$1200
- Murrieta: $1,000
- Sacramento: $800
California average: $774
- Denver: $1,300-$2,900
- Unknown City: $700
Colorado Average: $1,633.30
- Unknown City: $400-$800 ($600 average)
- Atlanta Suburb: $500-$900 ($700 average)
- Unknown City: $500
- Carson City: $300
- Amherst: $791
- Atlantic City: $600-$900 ($750 average)
- Buffalo: $900-$1,100
- Unknown City: $800-$1,000
- Upstate: $1,050-$1,600
New York Average: $1,075
- Charlotte: $200
- Portland: $600
- Tualatin: $240
Oregon Average: $420
- Austin: $200-$1,000
- Houston: $700-$2,500
Texas Average: $1,000
- Maryville: $375
- Richmond: $225
District of Columbia:
- Washington DC: $250-$400 ($325 average)
- Alberta: $1,500 (Grand Prairie)
- Ontario: $900-$1,200 (Niagra area)
- Saskatchewan: $1,120-$1,500
Canada Average: $1,244
The Bottom Line
As you can see, the cost to get your dog’s teeth can vary by vet clinic.
The price can vary depending on whether:
- Your dog needs a routine, simple cleaning or they have a lot of tooth decay and need extractions.
- The size of your dog (with cleaning for larger dogs costing more).
- The age of your dog.
- Whether there is a low-cost clinic in your area or your veterinarian charges on a sliding scale.
- Whether only the minimum safety standards are followed or the clinic goes above-and-beyond to make sure your dog is safe and comfortable.
According to my informal research, the low estimate for a simple teeth cleaning on a young dog at a value clinic could be as low as $200.
In my opinion, it’s more likely to cost in the $700-$1,000 range though and could be as high as $2,000.
Keep in mind that some veterinarians recommend a thorough teeth cleaning under anesthesia every 6 months so you could be paying that fee twice a year.
Many vets recommend a thorough dental cleaning once a year.
Other’s only recommend teeth cleaning when there are signs of major plaque build-up, dental disease, or tooth issues.
Signs Your Dog May Need Their Teeth Cleaned
I ask my veterinarian if my dogs need their teeth professionally cleaned every time I take them in for an exam.
So far year answer has been no or “Eh. You could if you want.“
I only take them in once a year though for regular physicals (unless there is a medical issue), so I wanted to know what signs to look for that might indicate they need their teeth cleaned.
Signs of dental issues in dogs include:
- Foul smelling breath
- Yellow teeth or teeth that are are brown at the top (or all over)
- Abnormal drooling
- Inflamed, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Loose or broken teeth
- Refusal to eat or chewing food slower and more carefully than normal
- Pawing at or rubbing the mouth
- Reduced activity or lethargy. (source: Seattle Times article above)
If I saw any of these signs regularly, or a combination of signs, I would take my dogs to the vet to have their teeth examined immediately.
If the home routine you use to help keep your dog’s teeth clean isn’t enough, your veterinarian may suggest a thorough cleaning under anesthesia.
A dental cleaning typically includes anesthesia and an anesthesiologist to monitor, teeth scaling on the surface and under the gum line, and x-rays.
Additional cost may be accrued if your dog needs teeth removed (extracted), they need additional support like hydration while under anesthesia, they need post-procedure antibiotics, or they need bloodwork before being put under to help assess the risk.
The teeth cleaning cost for dogs can be upwards of $1,000, especially if a dog is older, needs exactions, or has health issues.
Since cleaning under anesthesia may not be recommended by your vet yet, or your dog may have health issues that make them a poor candidate for anesthesia, you might want to check out review of anesthesia free dog dental cleaning.
About the Author
Hi, I’m Jessica. I’ve been studying the Dachshund breed since 2007, owned 3 of my own, and shared in the lives of thousands of others through their owner’s stories. When I’m not sharing what I know on this blog, you can find me hiking, camping, and traveling with my adventurous wiener dogs.