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5 Common Dog Tooth Problems

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5 Common Dog Tooth Problems

By Debbie Swanson, Animal Planet

Your dog’s happy, carefree life should be unbothered by dental concerns, right? Think again. Vets say 85 percent of canines over age 4 have some form of gum disease. Other frequent problems include crooked, cracked or loose teeth, an infection or an abscess.

You may not even know when your dog has oral discomfort. This is part of his ancestry — in the wild, showing pain would make a dog vulnerable to attack. Today’s domestic canines maintain this instinct, so you have to do your best to watch for signs: changes to eating habits or loss of appetite, unusual night awakenings, rubbing the face against things or facial swelling.

Any time you suspect a problem, check with your vet, who may refer you to a veterinary dentist. If your dog’s problem requires a procedure — such as a tooth extraction or professional cleaning — he’ll probably be given a general anesthetic to make him more comfortable during the procedure. When he wakes up, he’ll be happy to be relieved of that nagging ache in his mouth!

Without further ado, here are five common dental problems dogs face (and five ways the two of you can prevent them).

First up: loose teeth

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2:53PM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

Thank you for the article. My companion is 13yrs old so I will start looking for the signs you mentioned.

4:02AM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

Good post, for pet lover. I believe a pet owner need to be extra careful with the well being of their pet specially the tooth section, which mostly goes unnoticed. A rectification of tooth problem can actually save the dog from misbehaving or getting too irritated.

4:00PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

poor puppies

6:35PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

omg so much stuff to learn.

3:08AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Thanks for a most interesting article! I always things like milk bones were good for them and the vets NEVER recommended dental care for dogs!

2:05AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Adopt a pet = saving a life

11:35PM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

Sounds like their problems are alike by humans also. We should pay attention to our animals as we would to our own teeth.

2:44AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

5:36PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

As a dog trainer I get called alot at 7-8mth age due to chewing. This age is when your worst chewing problems will begin. Young dogs need to chew at this time to help with the adult teeth bedding in and the teeth as they are emerging can be painful.
If you can get your very young pup right from the start to chew on hard vegetables it will help pull out puppy teeth and massage the gums without doing harm as well as getting them use to this things for when the worst chewing starts.
Foods like whole raw carrots, yams, sweet potato (not potato), pumpkin slices, the stems of broccoli & cauliflower, hard apples and pears. These can be cheap if brought in season and if stored correctly sweet potato and pumpkin can be stored for months and make very cheap healthy chew toys and bones.
If you are going to feed bones to young dogs the best are brisket bones (which really aren't bone). They are very hard cartilage off the rib cage and your pup can sink their teeth all the way through.

11:26AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Thanks for the info.

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