Dog Dental Insurance

Why would you want dog dental insurance?

For the same reason you get dental insurance for your human family; it can save you money and give you peace of mind!

Regular tooth brushing along with topnotch nutrition, including raw bones, are the best kinds of insurance since they could make it possible for your dog to never need outside dental care.

Some dog dental products may also be helpful. These include rawhide bones, greenies, and flavored plastic chewing toys with knobs on them.

(We cannot vouch for any of these chewable products as actually working as described. If you have used such a product with your dog and can highly recommend it, please contact us.)

Good Reasons to Get Dog Dental Insurance

However, what happens if you haven’t kept up with the brushing or have been unable to institute a high quality nutrition program for one reason or another?

Consider that untreated dental problems can turn into major health problems for a dog and even be fatal. Not only could this get very expensive - far more than if you were to upgrade your dog's diet and care - but you could ultimately lose your dog at a premature age.

We therefore see dog dental insurance as the next best remedy to providing preventive care. With the necessary coverage in place, you are more likely to minimize dental problems by bringing your dog in for regular dental checkups and cleanings.

However, we suggest you try home remedies first if you see any signs of dental problems such as smelly breath, bleeding gums and brown tartar on the teeth. If you become more conscientious about cleaning your dog’s teeth and buying bones or other products that help with keeping teeth and gums clean, that may be all you need to do.

Why Do People Skip Dog Dental Checkups?

At home checkups - People choose other priorities, even though it takes about a minute to examine a dog's mouth. Folks may also be afraid of what they'll find because of the following two concerns:

Costs associated with a clinic checkup - Veterinary offices usually require, and charge for, a regular exam along with a dental checkup if they haven't seen your dog in a while.

If a cleaning or other dental work is deemed necessary, you may be required to pay over $300 since most dental work requires that the dog be given general anesthesia to keep him or her motionless.

Often a spouse would rather give priority to other family bills. This may be a case of false economy, depending on how neglected your dog's teeth are.

Risks associated with anesthesia – This is a major concern for many dog owners. Your best bet is to make sure that you are dealing with a reputable, licensed veterinarian with a licensed anesthesiologist.

When Should You Get Insurance?

  • If you are not already doing so, start a program of brushing teeth at least three times a week. Add raw bones or other dental chewies to your dog's diet.
  • Check teeth for tartar and plaque, and check gums frequently for bleeding. Also pay attention to bad mouth odors and if a dog seems reluctant to chew anything.
  • Shop around for dental insurance if you think your dog may have need a cleaning or has other dental problems and purchase it before seeking treatment.
  • Find a reputable veterinary clinic where you can take your dog for a dental checkup, along with a general checkup if you notice any problems.

With the right insurance, you'll likely be able to afford whatever dental work is necessary for your dog’s health.

For information on some companies that carry this kind of insurance, see Dog Dental Insurance Companies.

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