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6 Signs of Dental Problems in Dogs

July 01, 2016

Did you know that dogs can develop many different dental problems? Our canine buddies can suffer from many of the same issues as people can, such as cracked, broken, or misaligned teeth; infections; abscesses; and gum disease. Of course, Fido can’t tell you if his teeth hurt, so it’s up to you to watch for potential warning signs. We can help! Below, a Lansing, MI vet lists some common signs of doggy dental issues.

Bad Breath

Fido isn’t exactly renowned for having pearly-white teeth and minty fresh breath. However, your furry pal’s affectionate (and adorable) doggy kisses shouldn’t wilt your houseplants, either. Bad breath is one of the most common signs of dental trouble in dogs.

Stringy, Ropy, or Excessive Drool

Some dogs are, well, rather slobbery by nature. That said, stringy, excessive, or bloody drool can be a sign that your pooch has dental problems.

Lack of Appetite

Chewing with a toothache is just as painful for dogs as it is for people. If Fido doesn’t seem very interested in his food, is preferring softer foods, or is taking longer to eat than he used to, he may need his choppers checked.

Tartar Buildup

Brown or yellow buildup on Fido’s teeth isn’t just unsightly: it can also be an indication of gum disease. Gum disease is a very serious problem for Man’s Best Friend, because the infection can move to your dog’s vital organs, and can contribute to some very dangerous health problems, such as heart disease. A good deep cleaning can get rid of that yucky tartar, and will also fight inflammation and bacteria.

Reduced Interest In Play

Is your pup ignoring his favorite chew toys? Has your furry buddy lost interest in playing fetch? If so, Fido could have dental issues.


Just like people, dogs sometimes get a little cranky when they don’t feel well. If Fido seems uncharacteristically grouchy, or shies away when you try to touch his mouth, he may need his teeth examined.

Doggy Dental Care

Most dogs should have their teeth examined by a vet at least once a year. Home care is also very important. Ask your vet for specific advice, including recommendations on caring for Fido’s teeth, choosing products and toys, and suitable snacks.

Do you know or suspect that your pet has dental trouble? Call us, your Lansing, MI animal clinic, today!