Dentistry

Image of a dog's decaying teeth.

Over 85% of dogs and cats have some type of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease simply means that the gums and bone that hold the teeth in place are being destroyed by oral bacteria. This preventable disease is the number one diagnosed disease in our pets, yet many animals suffer needlessly. Periodontal disease begins with gingivitis, or inflammation of the gum tissue, which is caused by plaque. Plaque is a mixture of saliva, bacteria, glycoproteins and sugars that adhere to the tooth surface.

Within minutes after a cleaning, a thin layer of plaque has adhered to the teeth. Eventually this hardens to become calculus or tartar. Calculus by itself is nonpathogenic - it does not cause disease. However, it does create a rough surface for more plaque to adhere to, and pushes the gums away from the teeth, which increases surface area for more plaque to adhere. Eventually, the supporting structures of the tooth (bone, tissue, periodontal ligament) are destroyed and the tooth becomes mobile and will either fall out on its own or need to be extracted. Signs of periodontal disease are bad breath (halitosis), reluctancy to eat, chewing on one side of the mouth, dropping food, pawing at the face or rubbing the face on the floor, drooling, becoming head shy, and painful mouth/face.

Veterinarians recommend the following care for pets:

STEP 1: Bring your pet in for a dental exam. Don't wait for his annual checkup if you suspect a problem.

STEP 2: Begin a dental care regimen at home. Brushing your pet's teeth daily is very important. We also recommend using a specially formulated dental rinse, and dental chews and food. Please ask us if you need instructions on brushing your pet's teeth, or if you have any other questions.

STEP 3: Schedule your pets for an annual teeth cleaning with x-rays. This is also very important and ensures we are catching any disease early enough to treat.

Periodontal disease and oral bacteria can easily affect other organ systems including the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs and brain. Make sure you bring your pet into the office for regular vet cleanings. Contact us if it's time for your pet's next cleaning.

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Diamond Bar Office

Monday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-1:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

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  • "We have been going to Companion Animal Hospital for over two years. The staff at Companion Animal Hospital is the most caring and considerate group of people who treats all of our "kids" like they are their own. We are very fortunate to be able to call them and have them there when we needed them. Awesome service!!"
    Yoshi M.
  • "I found this place about 7 years ago when I was desperately calling around to see if a doctor would be willing to work on a Saturday to perform emergency surgery and save my pup. The receptionist called Dr. Lee and he agreed to drive back early from his church retreat for a 6 p.m. surgery ON A SATURDAY. We are in Orange County now, but we still make the drive so our sweet dog can see Dr. Lee for check-ups. I am forever grateful."
    Julia S.
  • "A few years ago we had do put our 16 yr old Charlie to sleep because he had a stroke. They were so caring and compassionate. They gave us all the time we needed with him. Now it looks like we will need to take out 15 yr old yorkie :(. We won’t take her anywhere else."
    Patricia H.