Lovely bloggers, I need your input!!!

Here’s the thing: My darling Jay needs dental surgery

My poor Jay

Now, I have two options:

  1. Tooth extraction
  2. Root canal treatment

And this is where I need your input. Does any one of you have any experience with either or preferably both? Is one procedure preferable over the other?

I’d like to preserve the fang. I mean, my dentist has always told me that is is ALWAYS better to try and keep the tooth, whenever possible. I don’t see why it’d be any different for a cat.

However, this is my dilemma. The cost of a tooth extraction is roughly $1,200 while the root canal is $1,500. $300 is a lot of money. Jay’s vet says it really doesn’t matter for the cat and the decision is completely up to me.

But I want to make sure I do the best for my cat and not the best for my wallet.

If indeed my Jay will not mind having one less fang (and by that I mean, if HE’LL BE COMPLETELY HAPPY without it) then I wouldn’t mind saving $300.

But if he’ll be better off keeping his fang, I will get him that option no matter what.

Thoughts? Please?

Edited to add a pic of the estimate

45 thoughts on “Lovely bloggers, I need your input!!!

  1. Madame Weebles says:

    Poor little pumpkin!! I can tell you that one of our cats is missing an upper fang (she didn’t have it when we adopted her, I’m not sure if she just never had one or if it fell out somehow). She has no problems whatsoever.

  2. Ruby Tuesday says:

    Are you at all familiar with Hello Sailor? (I’m out of the loop when it comes to who knows who.) In any case, the lovely young woman who writes that blog is a veterinary nurse and a wonderfully kind soul. She would be your girl. I’ll send your post her way.

  3. Jessica Chronowski says:

    Why didn’t you email me?! Lol. I’m not going to veterinary school for no reason. Extract the tooth. No question. Also— that’s WAY too much money for an extraction. Shop around. It should cost you no more than $500

    • SummerSolsticeGirl says:

      D’Oh! I totally forgot about you :(

      That’s why I put it on Facebook and Twitter too so I would reach more people. Oh, really? even here in Canada?

      And why is it better to extract the tooth?

      • Jessica Chronowski says:

        It’s not necessarily better— but the root canal isn’t always successful and sometimes the tooth needs to come out anyway. Also, it really, really makes no difference to the cat. They are completely and totally adaptable.

        As far as the price goes, definitely shop around. That’s way out of what’s a normal range in my experience, but it may be normal for Canada. I’d just hate to see you pay more than necessary. <3

  4. Veggiewitch says:

    Will your vet consider payment options, or a payment plan arrangement? For that kind of money, and if you’ve been visiting him for some time, there really should be more comfortable options.

    We don’t have any pets because I’m allergic, but if we did, I would seriously consider a raw diet. Both dogs and cats are carnivores, so the best way for them to get their nutrition is from raw meat and the bones therein. Obviously not super-small bones, but you get the idea. ♥

    Here are some links I found with respect to raw diets for cats:

    Feeding Cats Raw

    Raw Food Diet For Cats

    Myths About Raw Feeding

    • SummerSolsticeGirl says:

      hmmmm payment options… Honestly, I didn’t even ask. But will do now, thanks!

      I will also look into the links. I do buy for him a special dry food that is made entirely out of meat. No grains for my Jay

    • Jessica Chronowski says:

      Raw diets are extremely tricky to balance appropriately— I’ve attempted them for my own cats, having studied feline nutrition in veterinary school, and they are very challenging. Dogs are more tricky than cats, but I wouldn’t recommended it for either species without the close guidance of a veterinary nutritionist; remember that the internet doesn’t know everything. :)

  5. Hellosailor says:

    Ruby thought I might be able to help!
    I’m a Veterinary Nurse in the UK (I’m guessing you’re in America seeing as you are talking in dollars!)
    Generally, here, we don’t do root canal treatment treatments on animals. We can do them, but mainly they are from an aesthetic point of view, rather than from a functional point of view. I have known cats go through “total clearance” of all the teeth because they have decayed and they can still crunch though thier kitty biscuits fine!
    I don’t think Jay will mind being minus one fang. Is he very old? He looks quite young from what I can see of his teeth!
    I kind of agree with Jessica (although unfamiliar with dollars to pounds) $1500 dollars looks expensive. It’d probably only cost you £300 here and that is for the scale and polish of the teeth, extraction, anaesthetic…. the whole thing.
    Hope he gets on OK and this helps you make a decision!!
    Sailor xox

    • SummerSolsticeGirl says:

      Thank you so much for your input.

      Jay and I live in Canada. He’s 9 years all but he’s in very good shape (or so his vet said last week). I should have added that the estimate includes a dental prophylaxis as well. I’ll take a picture of it and add it to the post.

      Everything seems to be more expensive here in Canada :(

  6. purpleowltree1234 says:

    I’ve got no idea. But I do love that you’re thinking of Jazzy Jay. ((((hugs))))
    love from Rach.

  7. Tiggers Teachings says:

    My mom has had cats with this same problem and she has always chosen the tooth extraction. If is is no more than two or three teeth the cats adapt and do just fine. And there is no guarantee the root canal will be totally successful and might need to be removed later.

  8. Mary Foerster says:

    My elderly kitty recently had her last 4 teeth removed. They were two molars & her fangs. She had been eating fine with only these four teeth, but unknown to me, they were terribly infected & she had been in a lot of pain! My vet also felt they could save the fangs until he actually got in there during surgery & found that the decay was so high up into the jaw, that there was no way to save them, even though the xrays didn’t show it! So, now she has no teeth at all and still eats perfectly good, they adapt quite well & are very glad to be pain free! Save your $300 & do your baby a favor, there’s no guarantee that the fang won’t become more of a problem even with a root
    canal,,,,heck it may fall out in a month, who knows? And you’d still be out the money. Good luck!

  9. Chuck Huss says:

    My cat Abbey lost her fang (some call it a canine). We found it in her bed and she does not seem to miss it. I soppose if she was in the wild she would need it. Anyway, $1500 seems way too much for an extraction. We had a cat’s molar removed for around $350.

    • SummerSolsticeGirl says:

      yeah, the technical (medical) term for a fang is a canine. And that’s what Jay’s vet said too. That he wouldn’t need it because he’s an indoor cat but he would if he was a feral one.

      $1500 includes taxes. We Canadians are heavily taxed

    • SummerSolsticeGirl says:

      yeah, the technical (medical) term for a fang is a canine. And that’s what Jay’s vet said too. That he wouldn’t need it because he’s an indoor cat but he would if he was a feral one.

      $1500 includes taxes. We Canadians are heavily taxed, unfortunately.

      Many thanks for your input! :)

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