While some dogs are just naturally, well, a bit slobbery, Fido shouldn’t be a drool machine. Excessive, ropy, or bloody drool can all be warning signs of dental trouble.
Could Fido’s breath kill plants? If so, your pup may need his teeth checked: bad breath can be a sign of dental problems.
Chewing on a sore tooth isn’t any more pleasant for dogs than it is for us. If Fido’s choppers are hurting him, he may take longer eating than he used to. He could also start preferring softer foods, or not eat as much as he should.
Toothaches really don’t do much for anyone’s mood. This is also the case with dogs. Fido may seem grumpy if his teeth are bothering him. He may also not want his mouth touched.
Lack of Interest in Playing
Are your furry friend’s favorite toys gathering dust? Fido may not feel very playful if he has a toothache. A lack of interest in play can be a sign of doggy dental woes.
Does your pooch have yucky gunk built up on his teeth? If so, Fido may need a good deep cleaning. This isn’t just about aesthetics: tartar buildup often goes hand in hand with gum disease.
Many of these warning signs can be indicative of other medical issues. If your four-legged buddy has any of these symptoms, contact your vet immediately. Of course, when it comes to health issues in dogs, an ounce of prevention can be worth several pounds of cure. Ask your vet for advice on keeping your pet’s teeth clean and healthy.
Do you know or suspect that your pet has dental trouble? Contact us, your San Antonio, TX animal clinic, today!