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Signs of Dental Problems in Dogs
May 15, 2018

Did you know that dogs can suffer from many of the same dental issues as people can? These problems are just as painful—and dangerous—for Fido as they are for us. Your dog can’t call the dentist to make an appointment, so it’s very important for you to know what to watch for. A local Fort Bragg, NC vet lists some signs of doggy dental issues below.

Bad Breath

While Man’s Best Friend has never been known for having winter-fresh breath, extremely bad breath can be a sign of dental troubles. If Fido’s doggy kisses could wilt plants, your pet may need his teeth examined.

Tartar Buildup

Does your canine companion have unsightly tartar buildup? This is often an early sign of gum disease, which afflicts over 80 percent of adult dogs. While the disease is painless and asymptomatic at first, it can contribute to several other health problems, such as heart disease and liver trouble. This is because the infection can travel from Fido’s mouth to his vital organs.

Reduced Interest In Play

Since Fido uses his mouth to play, dental issues can have a profound impact on his frisky streak. If your furry friend is ignoring his favorite toys, or just doesn’t seem as lively as he usually is, he may be having dental troubles.


While some of our canine buddies are, well, a bit slobbery, stringy, ropy, excessive or bloody drool are often signs of dental trouble in dogs.

Reduced Appetite

Dental problems can make eating both difficult and painful for our four-legged friends. A lack of appetite is another potential symptom. Fido may also take longer eating than he used to, or use just one side of his mouth to chew. Dogs with dental issues also often prefer softer food.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding and/or receding gums are another sign of doggy dental issues. If you notice blood traces on your canine pal’s chew toys, your pup may need his teeth checked.


Understandably, having a toothache won’t do much for your canine friend’s mood. If your furry buddy seems cranky, he may be having trouble with his teeth. Dogs with dental trouble also often shy away from having their mouths touched.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local Fort Bragg, NC pet hospital, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!