Doggy Dental Woes

Did you know that as many as 80 percent of adult dogs have dental issues? This is a big problem among our canine pals! Dental problems are not only very painful, they can also be quite dangerous, as infections can spread from the mouth to other parts of the body. Read on as an Eau Claire, WI vet discusses caring for Fido’s not-so-pearly whites.

Common Issues

Gum disease is likely the most common issue we see in dogs. In fact, over 80 percent of our canine companions are afflicted! This insidious disease is painless at first, but can cause tooth movement or loss. It can also cause or contribute to other health issues, such as heart trouble. Other common dental problems include overcrowding; abscesses; misalignments; and cracked or broken teeth.


Bad breath is often a sign of doggy dental woes. Other red flags include stringy or ropy drool; tartar buildup; swelling; and blood on your four-legged friend’s gums, dishes, or toys. Fido may take longer eating if his teeth hurt. He may also dribble food, chew on one side of his mouth, or start preferring softer foods. Understandably, your pup may also lose interest in play, and may act a bit sad, grumpy, or withdrawn.

Home Care

Brushing is just as good for your furry pal’s teeth as it is for yours. You’ll need to get Fido on board with the process. Start by gently rubbing his teeth and gums with a finger. Then, incorporate pet toothpaste and a doggy toothbrush. Offer toys, treats, and praise to sweeten the deal. If your dog won’t sit still to let you brush his teeth, ask your vet about using dental-formula kibble, treats, or chews. These all help keep your pup’s teeth clean. Oral rinses and dental flakes are beneficial as well. Last but not least, make sure that your pooch always has fresh water and safe chew toys.

Doggy Dentist

We recommend getting your canine friend’s choppers checked out at least once a year, starting at age one. If you notice any of the symptoms we listed above, call us right away for an appointment. Fido will still be adorable with a crooked smile, but it’s important to take care of issues that cause pain, infections, and/or other issues.

Please contact us, your Eau Claire, WI vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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