This is what happens when you don’t brush your dog’s teeth…

I brush my teeth every day. I would hope and expect you do the same. If we didn’t brush our teeth, not only would we have bad breath, but our teeth would accumulate tartar, cavities and other problems that are not only very painful, but could cause us to lose our teeth! So what about Read More …

Dog Returned to Shelter after 10 Years

Jennifer was adopted as a puppy from the San Jose Animal Care Center in 2006. She returned to our care at 10-years-old as a happy dog who incessantly wags her tail and loves to play fetch. When the shelter’s veterinary team examined Jennifer, a large mass located between two large teeth, was seen in her mouth. It was Read More …

Facial Reconstruction Surgery on a Pomeranian

On November 3, 2016, Animal Services Officers brought Leonard, a Pomeranian, to the San Jose animal shelter’s veterinary clinic. Leonard had clearly sustained some sort of head trauma. The front part of his lower jaw was hanging down and dripping blood. On closer inspection, the veterinary medical team could see his lower incisor teeth pointing downward instead of Read More …

Oso’s Dental Disease – The Root of the Problem

Oso was adopted from the San Jose animal shelter a few years ago as a young, healthy dog. Recently his owner brought him back to the shelter, requesting that he be euthanized. The reason for euthanasia: bad breath and bad teeth. Our shelter’s veterinary team could not even evaluate Oso’s teeth because he would try Read More …

Full Mouth Extractions on a Maltese

Cost of Care provided by the San Jose Animal Care Center: $3,000-4,000+ Upon being brought to the shelter, this Maltese was turning heads. It wasn’t for a good reason. The stench that emanated from the dog’s mouth was so nauseating that you would gag upon smelling it, even from a distance. This Maltese had severe dental disease. Read More …

Feral Cats – Rotten Teeth and Foxtails in Eyes

Cost of Care provided by the San Jose Animal Care Center: $200 – $1,000 Though many shelters euthanize feral (or unfriendly) cats, the San Jose Animal Care Center does not. We save the vast majority of the cats that come into our shelter – even if they are feral. However, feral cats get sick or injured just Read More …