Signs of Doggy Dental Woes

Did you know that over 80% of adult dogs have some form of gum disease? Man’s Best Friend can also be afflicted by cracked, broken, or misaligned teeth; infections; abscesses; and many other dental issues. Fido can’t tell you he has a toothache, so it’s up to you to watch for warning signs. Here, a Naperville, IL vet lists some common symptoms of doggy dental woes.

Bad Breath

Although Fido isn’t exactly renowned for having minty-fresh breath, your dog’s affectionate kisses shouldn’t leave you gagging. Bad breath is one of the most common symptoms of dental issues in dogs.

Excessive/Bloody Drool

While some dogs tend to be a bit slobbery, excessive, bloody, or ropy drool can all indicate dental issues.

Tartar Buildup

Gunky buildup isn’t just unsightly: it can indicate, contribute to, and aggravate gum disease. If your pet has icky tartar on his teeth, he may need a good deep cleaning. This will reduce inflammation, and fight off bacteria and infections. While gum disease may not seem like a very serious issue at first, it can actually be quite dangerous. The infection can be carried through Fido’s bloodstream to his major organs, and can contribute to some very serious health issues, such as heart disease and liver trouble.


If you’ve ever had a toothache, you know how painful they are. Unsurprisingly, dogs can get pretty grouchy if their teeth hurt! Fido may also not feel very playful if his choppers are bothering him.


If Fido has dental issues, he may not want his mouth touched, and may move away if you try to pet his furry face.

Reduced Appetite

Your pup may chew on one side of his mouth, or take longer eating than he once did, if his teeth hurt. Fido may also start preferring softer foods.


If your dog has any of the symptoms listed above, contact your vet to set up a complete exam for your canine buddy. Once a diagnosis has been made, your vet will be able to offer treatment options. It’s worth mentioning that, when treating dental issues in dogs, the focus is on treating issues that can cause pain and/or health problems. Fido is still adorable with an imperfect smile!

Please contact us, your local Naperville, IL vet, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We are here to help!

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