Signs of Dental Issues in Dogs

Dental issues are one of the most widespread problems we see in our canine patients. In fact, roughly 80 percent of dogs over age three have gum disease. Other common issues include overcrowding, abscesses, misalignments, and cracked or broken teeth. Your pet can’t tell you if his teeth hurt, so it’s important to know what to look for. In this article, a Colerain Township vet lists some signs of dental problems in dogs.

Bad Breath

Man’s Best Friend has many wonderful qualities, but fresh breath isn’t one of them. However, your pup’s affectionate smooches shouldn’t make you turn green. It’s also worth noting that bad breath can be indicative of many health issues, aside from dental problems.


We know, some of our canine pals are naturally a bit slobbery. However, ropy, bloody, or excessive drool is often a sign of doggy dental issues.


If your pooch has unsightly brown or yellow buildup on his teeth, it’s time to get his choppers examined. Your pup will also benefit from a good deep cleaning. Tartar buildup goes hand-in-hand (or, in this case, hand-in-paw) with gum disease. Gum disease is painless and asymptomatic in its early stages, but can cause tooth movement and loss as it progresses. It also increases Fido’s risk of developing some very serious medical issues, such as heart disease and liver problems.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are another red flag. You may notice bloody streaks on your furry friend’s toys or dishes.


Any swelling around your dog’s mouth or face should be treated as an emergency. This is often a sign of a bad abscess and/or infection. Because of the proximity to the brain, this can be extremely dangerous!

Behavioral Changes

There are also some behavioral clues to watch for. Dental issues can sometimes cause dogs to act grumpy or withdrawn. Fido may lose interest in playing if his teeth hurt, so you may notice his toys gathering dust. Your pup may also take longer eating, dribble food, start preferring softer foods, or just not eat as much as he should.


If you see any of these warning signs in your canine companion, make an appointment for Fido right away. The sooner an issue is caught and treated, the better!

Do you have questions about caring for your dog’s teeth? Call us, your local Colerain Township vet clinic, today!

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