How to Tell if Your Dog Needs a Dental Checkup

You’re not the only one who needs regular visits to the dentist. Dog dental cleanings are an essential part of your pup’s overall well-being. Your veterinarian will recommend a schedule for dental checkups that is right for you and your pet, but how you can you tell that your dog needs some dental care between appointments? Keep an eye out for these signs that your dog could benefit from dental care.

Your dog’s breath is downright offensive.

Contrary to popular belief, having bad breath is not a normal trait for dogs. If you smell more than your dog’s favorite treats on his or her breath, make an appointment at the veterinary clinic for a checkup. Bad breath that comes on suddenly can indicate that your dog has an infected tooth or gum disease, and the longer it goes untreated, the worse it can become. In fact, your dog could end up needing to have teeth pulled if an infection is allowed to grow untreated, so make sure your vet checks out any unusual breath your dog develops.

Your hungry pooch is suddenly avoiding the food dish.

When dogs are having problems with their teeth, their eating habits may sometimes change. Your dog that once couldn’t wait for dinner may now leave the food in the bowl untouched, or you may find that he or she takes longer to eat than normal. Tooth pain can cause these symptoms, as can broken teeth and tooth loss. Take your dog to the veterinarian for an exam to see what could be causing the change in his or her eating habits.

It’s been too long since your dog’s last checkup.

In most cases, dog dental cleanings should happen about once a year. If it’s been too long since his or her last checkup, make an appointment. You don’t have to wait for symptoms of a problem to schedule a checkup, and your attentiveness to your dog’s dental health can help him or her avoid serious complications.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provides extensive dog and cat teeth cleaning services, plus oral cancer screenings and periodontal surgery. To schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, please phone Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or phone Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.

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