1. Doggy breath
It’s common to assume that bad breath is normal, but it should never be ignored – it may be the beginning of gum disease (gingivitis). If your pet’s mouth seems even a little pongy, schedule a check-up with us. Click here to contact us, or click here to book an appointment.
2. Physical symptoms
You can spot dental issues in your dog by looking out for redness on the gums around his teeth, tooth discolouration as a result of plaque or tartar, or a loss of appetite caused by the difficulty of chewing.
3. A runny nose
Occasionally, dental issues can lead to a discharge from your dog’s nostrils. This happens when an infected tooth in the upper gum leads to an abscess, which leaks into the nasal cavity and results in a runny nose. If your dog seems to have cold-like symptoms, get us to check him out as soon as possible.
4. Tooth fractures and chips
Keep an eye out for what your dog chews on, as hard toys can cause tooth chips or fractures that may eventually lead to damage. Tennis balls that are used outside can be prime culprits, with the sand and grit that gets into their fabric, making them rough and abrasive.
What can you do
Brush your dog’s teeth daily with specially formulated animal toothpaste. Also check his entire mouth once a month, snapping some photos of his teeth when you do so. This can help you monitor for any chips or other issues, and may also be useful for your vet in diagnosing potential problems.