Does Your Dog Have Dental Problems?

Did you know that over 80 percent of our canine friends have some form of gum disease? Fido can also suffer from many other dental troubles, such as infected, misaligned, or broken teeth; abscesses; and other issues. Your faithful pet may be able to communicate pretty clearly when he wants you to walk him or play with him, but it isn’t as easy for him to let you know if his teeth hurt. A Colorado Springs, CO vet lists some common symptoms of doggy dental troubles below.

Bad Breath

Man’s Best Friend has many wonderful qualities, but minty-fresh breath isn’t one of them. However, Fido’s affectionate doggy kisses shouldn’t make you cringe. If your pup has stinky breath, he may have dental issues.

Excessive Drool

Some of our canine buddies are, well, rather slobbery by nature. However, excessive, ropy, or bloody drool can all be signs of doggy dental woes.

Tartar

Does your pooch have yellow or brown gunk built up on his teeth? Tartar buildup goes hand-in-hand (or hand-in-paw) with gum disease. Gum disease is painless and asymptomatic in its early stages, but can become quite dangerous as it progresses. The infection can spread from Fido’s gums to his major organs, and can play a role in some very serious health issues, such as heart disease and kidney trouble. Your vet may recommend a good deep cleaning, which will help fight infection.

Swelling

Swelling can also be a sign of doggy dental woes. Watch for swelling around Fido’s mouth.

Behavioral Changes

Have you ever had a toothache? If so, it probably didn’t do much for your mood. Just like people, dogs can get pretty cranky when their teeth hurt. Fido also may not want his mouth touched, and may shy away if you try to pet his furry face. Your canine companion may also lose interest in playing or chewing.

Lack of Appetite

Chewing with a sore tooth can be pretty painful, for both dogs and people. Fido may eat less than he once did, and he may chew his food more slowly than he used to. Your furry buddy may also start preferring softer food, or chewing on one side of their mouth.

Does your dog have any of these symptoms? Do you know or suspect that your pet may have dental trouble? Contact us, your Colorado Springs, CO animal clinic, anytime!