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Signs Of Doggy Dental Troubles

August 15, 2021

Did you know that over 75 percent of dogs over the age of three have some form of dental issues? That’s a lot to bite into! Fido can develop many of the same issues as people can, such as gum disease, abscesses, misalignments, infections, and cracked, chipped, or shifting teeth. Overcrowding is also often an issue with smaller pooches. Of course, your pup can’t tell you what’s going on, so you’ll need to watch for warning signs. A Louisville, KY vet lists some of them below.

Bad Breath

Man’s Best Friend has many wonderful traits and characteristics, but minty-fresh breath isn’t one of them. That said, Fido’s breath shouldn’t kill houseplants, or leave you gagging. It’s worth noting that bad breath isn’t necessarily just a sign of dental issues: it is associated with several other health problems as well.

Excessive Drool

Some pups are naturally a bit slobbery. However, excessive, ropy, or stringy drool can be an indication of doggy dental woes.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are a warning sign of gum disease in both people and pets. You may not notice your canine buddy’s gums bleeding directly. Many people first spot bloody smears on toys and dishes.


Any type of swelling around Fido’s nose, mouth, or face can potentially be linked to dental issues. These infections are also very dangerous, due to the proximity to the brain. Contact your vet right away if you see this.

Tartar Buildup

That gross, yellow/brown buildup is a giveaway that your pooch’s choppers need some attention. Tartar is closely associated with gum disease. Gum disease is both painless and asymptomatic at first, but as it progresses, it can cause serious issues, like tooth shifting and loss. It’s also very dangerous, as the infection can spread to Fido’s vital organs, contributing to or worsening issues such as heart and liver problems.

Behavioral Clues

Have you ever had a toothache? If so, it probably didn’t do much for your mood. The same is true for our furry pals. Fido may seem glum, depressed, or morose, and he might not feel very cuddly or playful.

Eating Changes

Eating with a toothache can be excruciating. Fido may chew on one side of his mouth, start preferring soft foods, dribble food, or take longer eating.

Have you noticed any of these in your dog? Contact us, your Louisville, KY animal clinic, today!