Oral health problems are capable of causing significant pain in your dog and can contribute to other health issues. Here, our Des Moines Veterinary Hospital vets explain how to spot the symptoms of oral pain in your dog, what can be done at home and when to bring them to the in our Des Moines
Your Dog's Oral Health
Your dog can not verbally communicate with us when they have issues with their health, so we must rely on behavioral changes or visible signs like blood. However, in the same way, that dental problems can be quite painful in humans, dogs experience the same pain without us realizing it or communicating it.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, over 80% of dogs have signs of dental disease by the time they reach 3 years of age. While you may think of dental disease as being primarily a cosmetic issue, the truth is that dental disease can also be painful for pets.
Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) can be uncomfortable on its own, while some pets may have more serious issues such as fractured teeth from things that they have chewed on over time.
How To Spot Dental Issues in Dogs
Specific symptoms will differ between conditions, however, if you notice any of the following behaviors or symptoms, there is a chance that your dog is suffering from dental disease.
Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Missing or losing teeth
- Bad Breath (halitosis)
- Excessive drooling
- Difficulty with or slow eating
- Weight loss/ change in their eating habits
- Bleeding, swollen, or noticeably red gums
- Teeth discoloration
When to Take Your Dog to the Vet
If you notice any of the above signs of dental disease in your dog, bring them to your Des Moines vets as soon as possible for examinations. the sooner your dog's oral pain is diagnosed and treatment begins, the better your dog's health outcomes will be.
Preventing Dental Issues in Dogs
The absolute best way to help prevent the development of dental problems with your dog's teeth is routine brushing and cleaning your dog's mouth. Your dog's teeth and gums will have a much better chance of remaining healthy if plaque is brushed or wiped away before it can cause damage or infection.
To help keep your dog's teeth in tip-top condition bring your pet in for a professional dental examination and cleaning once a year. Dental appointments at Des Moines Veterinary Hospital are like taking your dog for an appointment.
To prevent oral health issues from developing in your dog in the first place, you should start by cleanings your dog's teeth and gums while they are still only a puppy and will be able to adapt to the process. If your dog won't allow you to clean its teeth, dental treats and foods are also available to help you to keep your dog's teeth healthy.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.