In order to protect your dog's health, it's important to know what you're up against. These are the most common types of dog dental problems:
As the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs, periodontal disease is unfortunately also the most serious. Studies have shown it is linked to a variety of health problems, including damage to internal organs. Luckily it's one of the most easily preventable.
Tooth root abscess
Advanced periodontal disease or a broken or cracked tooth can lead to a tooth root abscess, which is an infection that develops in the root of the tooth. There are only two treatment options for this painful condition: a root canal or tooth extraction.
Plaque and Tartar
Food and bacteria can accumulate on teeth and this soft substance is called plaque. If plaque is not removed daily it can harden into tartar. Tartar can dig into the gums and cause infection below the gum line that can eventually loosen the roots of the affected teeth. These teeth will have to be extracted.
Bringing your dog in for an annual checkup and cleaning is a vital part of keeping them healthy. During this visit, your dog will be thoroughly checked for any periodontal disease, which includes infection or inflammation of tissues and structures surrounding the teeth.
For minimal stress and discomfort as well as the most optimal evaluation and cleaning, your dog will be under anesthesia and continuously monitored. We’ll perform a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing, and if indicated, we’ll perform full-mouth x-rays to detect deeper problems with the tooth roots.
*Includes a complete dental exam, anesthesia, IV fluids, cleaning and polishing. All dentistry patients must be current on vaccinations, which may be updated at the time of the initial exam. Advanced dental cases may require additional cleaning or other services at an added cost. Extractions, pre-anesthetic blood panels, and dental X-rays, if necessary, are at an additional non-discounted cost. Discount offered on appointments occurring between December 15, 2014 and March 31, 2015. Not to be combined with any other offer. THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS A RIGHT TO REFUSE TO PAY, CANCEL PAYMENT, OR BE REIMBURSED FOR PAYMENT FOR ANY OTHER SERVICE, EXAMINATION, OR TREATMENT THAT IS PERFORMED AS A RESULT OF AND WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE FREE, DISCOUNTED FEE, OR REDUCED FEE SERVICE, EXAMINATION OR TREATMENT.
At VCA Healthy PAWS Medical Center, we understand how frightening and stressful it can be when your pet requires emergency medical attention. If your pet has a medical emergency during business hours, please bring them in right away. You do not need an appointment and your pet will be triaged immediately. It is helpful if you call to notify us that you are on your way so that we can prepare the supplies needed for your pet's care.
If your pet has a medical emergency after hours, please contact one of the Veterinary Emergency facilities below.
VCA South Paws in Fairfax, VA 703-752-9100
The Life Center in Leesburg, VA 703-777-5755
Prince William Emergency in Manassas, VA 703-361-8287
VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital in Alexandria, VA 703-751-2022
As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Enter ZIP to find VCA specialty care hospitals near you.