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    Anyone know a reasonably priced veterinarian in the Montreal area?

    My little dog has symptoms of an abscessed tooth/teeth and my vet wants $700 for a dental cleaning and exam, that's before the cost of any extraction or additional treatment.
    I'm thinking it would be worthwhile to shop around on this one and was wondering if anyone could recommend a clinic that they have found to be reasonably priced?

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    Hi

    Apparently there is a Vet College in Lasalle, and they offer reasonable rates. I don't have contact details unfortunately. Good luck it cost me $900 to have a tooth out and abcess removed on my dog, at my local Vet in Pierrefonds

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    Why is it that my dentist in Connecticut only charges me to clean $125 my human teeth? I have no dental insurance and it is $125 out of my pocket, yet you people are saying that my human teeth are 1/9th as important as a dog's?

    And I would add my Dentist gives me a rock solid vigorous cleaning for 45 minutes or more, and my mouth is sore whenever I leave his office.

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    EagerBeaver in Montreal my Dentist only charges $112 for a full clean. The reason Dogs teeth cost so much is that they normally use an anesthetic and put the dog to sleep as dogs tend to bite if you mess with their mouths.

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    If I were you, I would contact the local animal shelter people

    Maybe they can direct you to a vet that offers a more reasonably priced option

    I also noticed that Walmart started carrying pet rx's, in case you are written a prescription for an oral antibiotic for the poochie

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    I've given up on Vets in Montreal as I have 4 dogs. I always go to the vet in Howick on Mill Street, its a little further but well worth the drive. Amazing service and great prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbutartful View Post
    The reason Dogs teeth cost so much is that they normally use an anesthetic and put the dog to sleep as dogs tend to bite if you mess with their mouths.
    Oldbuttartful,

    My father who lives in Florida has a small dog (13-14 pounds) and I have played with that dog and allowed her to teeth on my finger as if it were bone. She has insufficient jaw power to do any damage. She has bitten me playfully many times. She can't break skin or do any damage because she lacks the jaw strength. We are not talking about a crocodile here!!!!!!!! I guarantee you if my father asked to me brush that dog's teeth I could do so for free and do a damn good job. I weigh 165 pounds, the dog weighs 13 pounds. It is called overpowering her. I am sure she would not care for having her teeth and gums messed with, but I weigh 165 lbs. she weighs 13 and there is nothing she would be able to do about it. Oldbuttartful, try and imagine blocking an NFL defensive lineman. You would be overpowered, and there would be nothing for you to do except get pancaked. Same thing with me against the dog.

    Tianna mentioned she had a little dog. She should save the money and brush the dog's teeth and pull out the abcessed tooth, or else hire some big goon to do the dirty job cheap.

    I am going to call my father later and ask him what he does with his dog's teeth because I am curious. My father is way too conservative and tight-fisted with his money to ever consider shelling out $900 or anywhere close for a tooth cleaning. I know he takes the dog to a groomer and I suspect the groomer does the teeth but I will find out and report back.
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    OK I just talked to my old man and here is what he told me.

    He buys what he called a "dental stick" at a pet store for about $25. The dental stick is chewed on by the dog and it automatically cleans her teeth. He said he is able to break the stick into pieces because it is so long. The dog apparently chews on the material and swallows it and it has some ingredient that cleans the teeth, gums and mouth. When they take the dog into the groomer the teeth are inspected and they have been pronounced 100% clean since forever.

    Based on what I am hearing in this thread and what my father told me, it sounds like some people here are not taking proper care of their pets and are spending money unnecessarily.

    I did a 10 second google search and found this link below- the whole point of this product is to prevent gum disease and abcesses:

    http://www.pedigree.com/really-good-....aspx#overview

    If you do preventative care you avoid big bills, same as brushing your own teeth and using a fluoride mouthwash.
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    I have a 9 year old lab and never have I taken him to the vet for dental cleaning, I use the dental stick EB mentioned and it works great. Personally I dislike vets due to their high costs, my dog got sick ( very ) while I was working 2 years ago and my ex took him to the vet, dropping him off at 9am and leaving him for the whole day and night and next morning pickup my bill was $1,800.00.
    I do not think outside the box, I do not think inside the box, I do not even know where the box is.

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    EagerBeaver.

    We clean the dogs teeth and every year she gets her annual check up and her teeth are usually good. She will not chew dental sticks. She eats healthy food. She was attacked by another Dog and her gum was cut it later developed into and abcess it was larger than a walnut and her tooth had to be removed and the abcess drained. She is a 50lb dog (Collie Samoyed cross breed) She was a rescue dog we got her when she was one year old, 9 years ago. She had been mistreated previously starved and was 30% under her normal body weight, according to the vet. They told us she may not live because she had been so badly mistreated. She is now 10 years old and very active still. Not all treatment is required, because of neglect. But thanks for the well meaning advice

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    God knows we all have our vet horror stories but no one is helping this poor girl find an answer to her question. I have used the Taschereau Vet Hospital on the South Shore a couple of times and the place is amazing. Downside is no appointments so be prepared to sit in the lobby for as long as an hour if you go first thing in the morning. If you can go around 11 or 2 it's not so bad. I had an estimate from 3 vets to neuter my 2 pups and they were $250 to $325 per pup. At this place they did both for $225!! The annual shots are incredibly reasonable as well. The Doc who started this clinic also has a world renown property, in Carignan I believe, to care for retired apes and supported by the equally renowned Fauna Foundation. Interesting stuff if anyone is interested and wants to look it up on the net. They are located on Lawrence Ave (just across the street from where Fanny used to have her apt.) . The telephone number is 450-465-6511 and the address is 303 Lawrence, Greenfield Park if u don't mind the drive. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitsou xxx View Post
    I saw one dog have a seizure and no one helped him and another dog I thinkg dying with his eyes rolling back in his head - no vet to come help. I had tears in my eyes
    This sounds very cruel.

    In Connecticut we have a lot of small local animal hospitals. I would think it would be better to find such a place rather than a large clinic. I would also call and ask what the wait time will be so you do not have your pet watching other pets suffer and in agony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiannas View Post
    My little dog has symptoms of an abscessed tooth/teeth and my vet wants $700 for a dental cleaning and exam, that's before the cost of any extraction or additional treatment.
    How old is your dog?

    I don't want to sound harsh, but maybe the time has come to face the facts & put the poor thing out of its misery.

    It's ridiculous in my opinion to spend that kind of $$ on a dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitsou xxx View Post
    When you love an animal there is no amount of money you wouldn't spend on them to make sure they are well loved and healthy
    It reminds me of my sister. She had a dog that developed the canine equivalent of AIDS. The dog had horrible sores in its mouth and was vomiting blood. It was obviously a very sick dog but my sister threw thousands of dollars at veterinarians to treat it. Eventually the treatment did not work, she was overwhelmed by the dog's suffering and put it down.

    I personally liked that dog too. It was a nice, friendly dog except if you got within 10 feet of its food dish, and then she would start growling very deeply. The message was clear and unmistakeable: stay away from my food. As long as you stayed the fuck away from the food dish, that dog was totally cool and friendly. She loved to have her tummy rubbed as well. She died at age 9, when my sister finally put her down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitsou xxx View Post
    When you love an animal there is no amount of money you wouldn't spend on them to make sure they are well loved and healthy
    No doubt, but there comes a time when common sense has to prevail. I know way too many people who can't afford to own pets & then complain that it costs too much when they get sick & have to go to the vet. Having any pet can be a costly venture if you want to care for it properly. But there comes a time when the bills pile up & it seems that when they start piling up, they pile up even more afterwards.

    Mitsou, if the vet bill would be $5000 in order to make sure your pet is 'well loved & healthy', do you still think it would make sense to spend that kind of money on it?

    A couple of years ago, i brought my cat to the vet for one last visit. On two occasions in a period of 3 days, moderate amounts of blood were coming out of his ass and he appeared to be in agony while it was going on. I couldn't take his suffering anymore, and decided enough was enough. I had realized that over the past couple of years, i was being very selfish in letting the poor cat live (and suffer at times) for my own sake.

    So i went in with the vet and told him about the recent problem(s). He told me i could bring the cat in if i wanted him to check him out. I told him "He's suffered enough already. Enough is enough." The vet told me i was correct in feeling this way & to bring it to him right now. I had already spent enough money on vet bills over the past few years & spending more $$ would only delay the inevitable. He had lived a great life, but his last few years he wasn't healthy & reminded me of an old man when he walked around. He had lost the energy he had once had. The time had come to finally put an end to the suffering, and the misery of an unproductive life. Sad to say, but my 'pal' had now become a burden & for the past few years i felt like his personal nurse instead of his buddy.

    So i went back home, picked up the poor cat, and brought it to the vet. I was there right 'til the end, right 'til his last breath. He gave him an injection to relax him, and then the cat tipped over and appeared to eventually fall asleep. He then put an iv into his paw and 30 seconds later, the cat was no longer breathing.

    Okay, it shocked me at how fast it happened & i felt like shit after, but a few days later i was relieved & realized i had done the right thing. Plus, instead of getting him put down by someone i knew, i brought him to the vet & he died in dignity. He was 17 years old at the time he died. I still miss him dearly, but hey, no one lives forever. I actually felt very fortunate to have had such a great pal over the past 17 years. At the very least, i had to give my cat a dignified death.

    Sure, the final vet bill was a couple of hundred dollars, but I owed him at least this. And staying there right 'til the end was one of the best decisions i had ever made. No guilt trips this time around. A few years earlier, i had brought my older cat to the vet & simply dumped it there. I couldn't bear staying with her any longer. But for a few years, i felt guilty afterwards for not being there with her until the very end. It still saddens me to this day. So i wasn't going to let it happen again.

    p.s. I had three cats at one time. The oldest one died the night i saw my first sp. I felt so guilty afterwards. I saw another sp on the night i found out of his passing, and the date was obviously a disaster. I took me nearly a year before i saw my next sp. I figured that if i hadn't went to Mtl to initiate myself to sps, my cat would still be alive.

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