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Doggy Dental Problems

Did you know that bad breath is often a sign of dental trouble in dogs? Fido may never be known for having mint-fresh breath, but his affectionate puppy smooches shouldn’t make you cringe, either. Dental issues can be just as painful and problematic for our canine buddies as they are for us. However, many people simply don’t realize this, and therefore overlook warning signs. A Loma Linda, CA vet discusses some common doggy dental woes below.

Cracked or Broken Teeth

As you have probably noticed, dogs use their mouths to play, and aren’t always particularly discriminating about what they play with. Fido may crack or even break his tooth on hard objects. Dogs can also hurt themselves by gnawing on hard objects or, sometimes, just being a bit too enthusiastic.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is very common among our canine companions. In fact, over 80 percent of adult pooches have some form of it. This is very concerning! Although it is painless and asymptomatic in its early stages, gum disease can contribute to some very serious medical issues, such as heart disease. This is because the infection can travel through Fido’s bloodstream, and spread from his mouth to his vital organs. It can also lead to painful infections and tooth loss.

Abscesses

If you’ve ever had an abscessed or infected tooth, you know how painful they are. Abscesses are particularly dangerous because, if left untreated, the infection can spread, and can even move into your pup’s brain!

Symptoms

Keep an eye out for signs of doggy dental woes. As mentioned above, bad breath is a common one. Other symptoms include visible tartar buildup; swelling; bloody, ropy, or excessive drool; and bleeding gums. Dogs with dental trouble may give a few behavioral signals as well. Fido may not feel very playful, and may also act uncharacteristically grumpy. Dental problems can also cause pups to favor soft food, eat on one side of their mouth, take longer eating, or even lose their appetites. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Treatment

Fortunately, there are treatments available for Fido’s dental problems. When addressing these issues, the point isn’t to give your pooch a perfect smile: it’s to rectify issues that can cause pain and/or infections. Ask your vet for more information.

Please feel free to contact us, your Loma Linda, CA pet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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