Have you ever had a toothache? If so, you know how excruciating they can be. Our canine pals can also suffer from painful and dangerous dental troubles! A Kerrville, TX vet lists some common ones below.
Gum disease may very well be the most widespread dental issue we see in dogs. As many as 80 percent of pups over the age of three are afflicted. Gum disease is painless and asymptomatic at first, but it’s far from harmless. As it progresses, it can cause tooth shifting or loss. Also, because the infection can travel from Fido’s mouth to his major organs, it has been connected to some very serious health issues, such as heart disease.
As you’ve probably noticed, dogs use their mouths to play. Some of our canine companions have no qualms about trying to ‘fetch’ huge sticks. Fido also likes to catch things like balls, Frisbees, and, of course, treats. Unfortunately, this can be a recipe for injuries, as pups can crack or break their teeth on hard objects.
Misalignments aren’t a cosmetic issue with dogs. Fido will still be adorable with a crooked smile! However, sometimes they can cause other problems. Your furry friend may not be able to chew properly if his teeth aren’t lined up right. This condition can also be very painful.
Infections and/or abscesses are extremely painful, for both people and animals. Because the infection is so close to the brain, they’re also very dangerous. In fact, severe infections can even be fatal.
Overcrowding is something we see more of in small breeds. Fido’s teeth don’t always fit well in his little mouth! This can in turn contribute to the other issues we’ve mentioned.
Keep an eye out for signs that Fido has dental issues. Some common ones are bleeding gums, tartar buildup, bad breath, excessive drool, and bloody streaks on toys or dishes. Your pooch may also shy away from having his face touched, and he may be grumpy. Changes in eating habits are another red flag. Dental troubles can cause dogs to eat more slowly, dribble food, chew on one side of their mouths, or avoid hard foods. Call your vet immediately if you see any of these warning signs.
Do you know or suspect that Fido has dental issues? Contact us, your Kerrville, TX veterinary clinic, anytime!