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Meadow Vista Veterinary Clinic

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17120 Placer Hills Rd.
Meadow Vista, CA 95722
Phone: 530-878-2009
Fax: 530-878-2634

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Monday8 - 122 - 5
Tuesday8 - 122 - 5
Wednesday8 - 122 - 5
Thursday8 - 122 - 5
Friday8 - 122 - 5
Saturday8 - 122-5
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Periodontal Disease In Dogs (Dental Disease)

Periodontal disease starts when bacteria form plaque on the teeth. Within days, minerals in the saliva bond with the plaque to form tartar, a hard substance that adheres to the teeth. The bacteria work their way under the gums and cause gingivitis.

Once under the gums bacteria destroy the supporting tissue around the tooth leading to tooth loss. Inflammation of the bone and tooth support structures is referred to as periodontitis. The combination of gingivitis and periodontitis is known as periodontal disease. Bacteria associated with dental disease can travel in the bloodstream and infect the heart, kidneys, and liver.

Signs of Periodontal Disease:

The signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • Redness or bleeding along the gum line 
  • Drooling, which may be tinged with blood                                        
  • Difficulty chewing                                                                           
  • Pawing at the mouth                                                                       
  • Loose or missing teeth                               
  • Facial Swelling, especially under the eyes
  • Nasal discharge
  • Gum recession

Diagnosis and Treatment:

Your veterinarian can see signs of gingivitis and tartar build up by examining your pet's mouth. However, since most periodontal disease occurs beneath the gum line, the only way to truly assess your pet's mouth is to perform and examination while your pet is under anesthesia. They can use a dental probe to measure any loss of attachment around each tooth.

Treatment depends on the severity of the disease. If your pet has a mild periodontal disease, consisting of gingivitis without any bone loss, a thorough dental cleaning that includes the area beneath the gums, followed by dental polishing can help reverse the problem. If there is a loss of the supporting structures around the teeth, however, this cannot be reversed. Your veterinarian may need to extract the tooth.

Prevention:

An important way to prevent dental disease is regular home dental care. Daily brushing can help remove plaque before it turns to tartar. You can use a pet toothbrush or a finger brush from your veterinarian.

*Do not use human toothpaste for your pet, it can be toxic to dogs in large quantities

Pet toothpaste are available, commonly in flavors that they may like. 

If your dog won't permit brushing, there are alternatives but they are not as effective in preventing buildup.

Source American Veterinary Dental College

We perform dental checks in all our exams and provide access to dental cleaning for your pets. Call 530-878-2009 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Testimonials

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I've been going to MV Vet Clinic for about 15 years and Dr. Pam and her staff have helped so many times with the pets, rescues, and foster dogs that have crossed my path. My most recent visit was an emergency trip because my Weimaraner had been bitten on the ear and Dr. Pam and her staff treated Harley immediately, stitching, laser treating, and bandaging him up. Last year it was a Boxer with a cut pad. From bad hips, torn ACLs, emergency visits to regular checkups, I am always confident that MV Vet will give the best care possible. Thank you!

Chris P.

Our 13.5 year old German Shepherd has gotten to the point that even with medications his mobility was decreasing. Dr. Pam suggested that we try Companion Laser Therapy, so we did. BB went from barely able to get up to being like a puppy again after the initial treatments. We know have him on a maintenance regimen that keeps him comfortable and let's him be our baby a little longer. Dr. Pam was wonderful during the process. She stayed in the room and explained everything that was/would happen. The whole staff has been exceptional in treating him and also "me". I highly recommend that if you have a pet with needs that Laser Therapy might meet, talk to Dr. Pam and see if it will work!

J.Grant

  We finally found a Veterinary Clinic in our area that we really really like. Dr Pam and the staff there are all great. Even our Mastiff loves going there, she actually goes in wagging her tail and smiling, no fighting to get her in the door, she goes right in. Hum, it could be all the petting and hugs she gets. smile emoticon

They really treat her well. She had to go through a series of treatments and all through the process she never resisted going in the door...I was amazed because we've had her at other vet clinics and she fights to not go past the door threshold. I recommend Meadow Vista Clinic to all my friends with pets, I'm positive they will be happy with this pet clinic. I truly appreciate that they make me and my pets comfortable there.

Debi J. 

Office Hours

                      Morning:    Afternoon:         
Monday:           8-12              2-5

Tuesday:          8-12              2-5

Wednesday:     8-12              2-5

Thursday:         8-12              2-5

Friday:             8-12              2-5

Saturday:         8-12              2-5

*Ist and 3rd Saturday of the Month

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17120 Placer Hills Rd.
Meadow Vista, CA 95722
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