Dog Diseases

It’s widely estimated that about 80% of dogs over the age of three years have some form of dental or oral disease that is impacting their health and quality of life. While one might expect them to show obvious signs if they are affected, the truth is that most dogs can hide
dental issues, as they are hidden inside the mouth, and dogs will NOT stop eating despite significant disease. In fact, they will only stop eating if dental pain is so bad that starving slowly feels like the better option. They may suffer in silence for months or years before
things reach this point. We can stop them having to go through this by treating them as soon as we see physical signs of dental disease.

One of the main signs that alerts us to a problem is bad breath (halitosis). Bad breath is NOT normal, it is a sign of infection and needs to be taken seriously. Other signs that MAY be noted include:

  • Dental plaque and tartar
  • Red, swollen or bleeding gums (gingivitis)
  • Blood or pus in the mouth
  • Ulcers or swellings
  • Broken teeth
  • Loose or damaged teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Excessive drooling or salivation
  • Pawing or rubbing at the mouth
  • Trouble eating (chewing on one side, eating soft food only, dropping food)

On top of this, it’s not as though younger dogs don’t get dental issues. A significant proportion of our patients are puppies with teething problems. The most common diseases we see in younger dogs include:

  • Orthodontic or bite problems (overshot, undershot, base narrow or linguoverted canines, crossbites),
  • Retained baby teeth
  • Broken baby teeth
  • Enamel defects
  • Unerupted or impacted teeth
  • Dentigerous cysts
Information on the more common dental issues can be found below. If you have questions that aren’t answered here, head over to the contact section for further advice.

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