Pet's Need Dental Care Too!

This November at RCCAH we are focusing on your pet’s dental health! Offering a 15% discount all month long, we’re here to help your pet look and more importantly feel their absolute best! Good oral hygiene goes beyond just keeping your pet’s breath up to par. It’s important to keep your pet’s smile healthy beyond the surface! Check out this short article from DVM 360 to learn more! 

Did you know? Your dog has some stage of periodontal disease—it’s the most common disease affecting dogs and cats! Periodontal disease is inflammation and infection of the supporting structures (like gum tissue and bone) of the teeth. It starts with gingivitis and can progress to spontaneous tooth loss. Does your dog’s breath stink? It shouldn’t. Dog and cats’ breath should have almost no odor.

Does your dog drop their food, turn their head when eating, chew on only one side of the mouth or prefer soft food only? These are all potential signs of periodontal disease. Since it’s an active infection, that means chronic pain and inflammation—which can also affect your dog’s systemic organs like the kidneys, heart and liver if not treated.

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Stage 1: This is gingivitis only. The gum line is red and bleeds when touched. There’s no root exposure (gum recession), and on the X-ray the bone levels are normal.

Stage 2: In this stage, we’ll see mild bone loss. The gingiva is swollen and there is pus below the gum line. On the X-rays, there’s early loss of bone around the roots.

Stage 3: At this point there’s moderate bone loss. There’s visible gum recession and accumulation of pus, food and tartar along the gum line. On the X-ray, there’s more advanced bone loss along the front root of the tooth.

Stage 4: In this stage, we’ll see severe bone loss. There’s a large amount of tartar, pus and food material around the visible roots of the tooth. There’s marked loss of bone around the roots on the X-ray. The tooth is dead and the roots are surrounded by infection. Teeth are loose and may fall out spontaneously during chewing or picking up food and toys. 

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A routine dental with River City Companion Animal Hospital is a one-day sedated procedure (in most cases). Pets are asked to arrive between 7:00am - 8:00am and are usually ready to go home in the early afternoon! Keep in mind that each pet is different and this can vary depending on age, weight, breed, etc. For more information, give us a call today at (210) 404-1717 or swing by the clinic in person at 21950 Bulverde rd. San Antonio, TX 78259.0610708001573441043.jpgPictured above is Kim, one of our Veterinary Technicians, performing a dental in-house!


----> Checkout our video with Dr. Jones on how to properly brush your pet's teeth, (or attempt to anyway)! <----

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Office Hours

RCCAH offers same day and drop off appointments for your convenience.

CALL 210-404-1717 FOR AN APPOINTMENT

Monday

7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Tuesday

7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Wednesday

7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursday

7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Friday

7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday

Closed

Sunday

Closed

CALL 210-404-1717 FOR AN APPOINTMENT

Monday
7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed
Photos: Furbo, "How To Prevent Your Dog From Getting Periodontal Disease", March 20th, 2017. https://shopus.furbo.com/blogs/knowledge/how-to-prevent-your-dog-from-getting-periodontal-disease Article Information: DVM360, "Does your pets smile hurt?", June 12th, 2019, http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360