WARNING SIGNS FOR THE HEALTH OF A DOG'S TEETH
Knowing when to go to the vet with your dog, and when there is no need for it, is not so obvious, especially when it comes to the health of his teeth. Most people don't want to go to the vet every time they have a minor question, but also a complete absence of visits can mean a dog's dental problems go unnoticed. Continue reading to learn some of the warning signs of dog dental health that you should watch out for.
If you notice your dog's gums are bleeding, we recommend that you see them as soon as possible
at the vet. If there is slight bleeding that covers an extensive area of the gums, it could be a sign of a disease such as your dog's gingivitis or periodontitis. Both conditions can cause discomfort and lead to problems such as weight loss.
If your dog's gums are bleeding heavily, it is probably a sign that he has hurt his gums, not a symptom of dental disease. Dogs can injure their gums with various objects, especially when walking. Items to watch out for while walking include:
Sharp or split sticks
Broken or cracked glass
Rock fragments and stones
Used plastic food packaging
If you notice that your dog's gums are bleeding profusely, we recommend that you see them as soon as possible
at the vet. In the office, the vet will be able to stop the bleeding and speed up the healing of the wound.
Loss of teeth
Tooth loss can be very common in older dogs. This is because tartar builds up over time, eventually causing your teeth to fall out. As this is a problem that mainly affects older dogs, it shouldn't be common in younger quadrupeds. If you have a young dog and you notice that his teeth are falling out, it could be a sign of something else.
If you notice your dog has a broken tooth but has not fallen out, it may have eaten or gnawed something hard, such as a pebble. In this case, the remainder of the tooth may still be stuck in the dog's mouth. This can lead to more serious problems as the tooth can dig deeper into the gum; it can also injure other parts of the mouth.
A broken tooth can also lead to an abscess at the root of the tooth. An abscess around the root of a tooth forms when the bacteria end up in the area of a tooth's root canal, usually due to a broken or chipped tooth.
Bad breath in dogs
Bad breath in dogs is a common problem that most dog owners face sooner or later. If your dog has bad breath, it doesn't necessarily mean they have a dental problem. However, if it is linked to any of the above conditions, it could be a sign of a more serious problem.
Pale gums in dogs
A dog's gums should usually be pink in color. If they are not pink it could be a sign of dental disease. Pale gums in dogs tend to show up when the dog is losing blood or has trouble making red blood cells.
Severe worming can be one of the reasons your dog loses blood. They can be external or internal parasites. Parasites such as ticks and fleas survive by sucking the host's blood. If your pet is heavily infected with fleas, pale gums may appear.
Pale gums in dogs can also be caused by kidney disease. Kidney disease stops the production of a hormone that helps make red blood cells.
As a result, fewer red blood cells are produced, which in turn makes the dog have pale gums.
Internal or external bleeding is another cause of pale gums in dogs. It's very easy to see if your dog is bleeding profusely outside, but internal bleeding may not be so easy to spot. Shallow breathing and a rapid heartbeat are signs that your dog may be experiencing internal bleeding.
If your dog develops pale gums, we recommend that you contact them immediately
with your vet, especially if you notice signs of internal bleeding such as rapid heart rate or shortness of breath.
If you're looking for more advice on dental health, visit our dental advice page. Remember that one DentaLife dental treat a day is a great way to avoid dental problems and keep your dog's teeth clean.