Betsy is a 9 year old Boxer mix who had a number of masses that needed to be removed, and she also had mild tartar buildup on her teeth. The veterinarian recommended removal of the growths, and also a dental cleaning while Betsy was under anesthesia.
Mild tartar buildup
1.) Scale and polish, stage 1
(Stage 1 means there is evidence of gingivitis only without attachment loss; the height and architecture of the alveolar margin are normal.)
2.) Application of OraVet Gel.
OraVet Gel helps prevent plaque accumulation in both cats and dogs. The OraVet gel provides a protective coating on the pet’s teeth that decreases plaque accumulation at the gingival margin and doesn’t disappear after tooth brushing or eating hard food. The gel is odorless, tasteless, and invisible once applied. The veterinarian or technician applies the gel along the marginal gingiva of clean, dry teeth while the animal is anesthetized during a dental cleaning.
Itemization of costs:
IV catheter placement: $40
Intravenous fluids: $50
Fluid pump: $25
Scale & polish stage 1: $75
OraVet gel application: $35
Carprofen tablets $16.20
TOTAL COST: $366.20
Routine scale and polish…Betsy did just fine!
Betsy’s story is shared with permission from her owner.
This case was posted by Suzanne Cannon on behalf of Jarrettsville Veterinary Center.