How Much Do Braces for Dogs' Teeth Cost?

by Betty Lewis
    The cost of your pup's braces depends on his bite and how much dental work he requires.

    The cost of your pup's braces depends on his bite and how much dental work he requires.

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    Taking care of your pup used to be so straightforward: a bit of kibble, a bit of exercise, good to go. Veterinary science has made great strides to increase the longevity of our four-legged friends and good dental health is increasingly important. Sometimes, that means doggy dental devices -- braces.

    Orthodontics for Dogs

    It may seem silly to think about your pup with braces -- he doesn't care if his pearly whites line up perfectly. However, valid medical reasons exist for getting braces for a dog. Misaligned teeth can poke into your pup's cheek, gums or tongue, causing him great pain and, potentially, infection. In some cases, orthodontic extraction, or pulling the tooth, will give him relief; in other cases, braces do the trick. The braces can be simple and limited to a small area to guide a tooth or two, or they can resemble the full set you had as a teenager. The cost will depend on your pup's need but can run between $1,000 and $1,500.

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    About the Author

    Betty Lewis has been writing professionally since 2000, specializing in animal care and issues, business analysis and homeland security. Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University as well as master’s degrees from Old Dominion University and Tulane University.

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