Call Us! Button

Request an Appointment Button

Doggy Dental Problems
November 1, 2020

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

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.

Cracked/Broken Teeth

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! 

  • All
  • Cat Care
  • Dog Care
  • General Care
  • Snake Care
  • Uncategorized

Adopting A Stray Cat

Are you considering adopting a stray? Maybe a cute kitty has been hanging around your…
Read More

Benefits Of Acupuncture For Pets

Here at Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital, we are happy to provide our adorable patients with…
Read More

Halloween Safety For Pets

Halloween is coming up fast! This can be a dangerous holiday for pets, so you’ll…
Read More

Soothing A Nervous Dog

October is Adopt A Dog Month! Going to a new place is a huge change…
Read More

Snakebite Awareness Day

September 19th is Snakebite Awareness Day. Here in Texas, we have 90 kinds of snakes,…
Read More

Adorable Happy Cat Quirks

September is Happy Cat Month! Kitties are always cute, but they’re particularly lovable when they’re…
Read More

Allergies In Dogs

Did you know that dogs can get allergies, just like people can? Fido can develop…
Read More

Itchy Pet Awareness Month

August is Itchy Pet Awareness Month! This was created to help spread information and awareness…
Read More

Protecting Your Dog From Porcupines

Texas is home to many different critters, including quite a few that you don’t want…
Read More
1 2 3 8