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Signs Of Doggy Dental Issues

December 7, 2023

Did you know that dental issues are very widespread in our canine companions? More than 80 percent of our four-legged pals will have some form of gum disease by the time they reach the age of three. Fido is also susceptible to many other dental problems, such as cracked or broken teeth, abscesses, and misalignments. Your pup can’t tell you if his teeth hurt, so it’s important to be aware of some warning signs. A local Longwood, FL vet lists some of them in this article.

Bad Breath

Bad breath can actually be an indication of a variety of medical conditions. To be fair, Fido’s breath probably won’t remind you of a crisp winter breeze. Most of you probably wouldn’t describe your pup’s affectionate smooches as minty-fresh. However, your canine buddy’s doggy breath shouldn’t wilt your house plants. 


Some of our canine pals are naturally a bit slobbery. If your pup is suddenly drooling more than he used to, or if you are noticing that his saliva is very thick, ropy, or bloody, there may be something going on.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are another warning sign of dental issues. You may notice blood on Fido’s mouth, or you may notice dark streaks on his toys or dishes.


Any swelling around the face or mouth has the potential to be very dangerous. Infections that close to the brain can be deadly!

Tartar Buildup

Does Fido have brown or yellow gunk built up on his teeth? This is almost always a sign that a pooch has gum disease. At the very least, it’s an indication that those choppers need some attention.

Changes In Eating Habits

Have you ever tried to chew with a toothache? Ouch! This is no more fun for Fido than it is for us. You may notice your furry pal chewing on one side of his mouth, dribbling food, taking longer eating, or starting to show a clear preference for soft foods. In extreme cases, dogs may find chewing so painful that they stop eating altogether, which can be very dangerous.

Behavioral Clues

Dental issues can also affect your four-legged friend’s mood and demeanor. Fido may act grumpy or withdrawn, and he may not feel very playful. Dogs with dental issues also sometimes shy away from having their heads touched.

If you notice any of these red flags, or any other signs of trouble, please call us right away. As your local Longwood, FL veterinary clinic, we are here to help! 

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