Point Loma Veterinary Clinic

1964 Sunset Cliffs Blvd
San Diego, CA 92107



Pets can become overweight due to over-eating (food bags typically tell you too much to feed your pet) or due to feeding a high calorie pet food (such as grain-free).  Dogs that have a low thyroid level may be overweight. Pets that are 15% or more over their optimum body weight are prone to arthritis, heart disease, respiratory diseases, pancreatitis, Diabetes and liver failure due Hepatic Lipidosis (in cats).  A complete blood panel should be performed to check for these medical  conditions.

Research has shown that dogs fed a correctly measured amount of adult dog food lived 1.8 years longer than their littermates  that were fed unrestricted amounts of food.

If you believe or have  been told that your pet is overweight, please enroll your pet in our Weight Management Program

It is much harder for your pet to pick up it's food if the front teeth are missing, and it is much harder to chew food if several of the pre-molars and molars are loose, infected, or missing.  Dental disease is the most common medical abnormality that affects dogs and cats.  Many dogs and cats start developing periodontal disease (the loss of bone and tissues around the tooth roots) due to infection below the "gum-line" by 4 years of age.  Your pet doesn't have to have visible tarter to have periodontal disease.

Anesthesia is necessary to clean all of the surfaces of the teeth (including the spaces between the gum tissue and the teeth), check for pockets of infection around the tooth roots, to inspect all of the teeth to see if they are loose, cracked, or have the equivalent of cavities, and to take dental X-Rays.  The anesthetics that we use today are much safer than what we had available 20 or more years ago.

Pets experience discomfort when they have dental disease but they don't know how to tell us and they rarely stop eating.  We believe what is best for your pet's health and comfort and the best way to avoid tooth loss is to schedule an anesthetic teeth cleaning at least once a year beginning at 4 years of age for all dogs and cats.