How Can You Tell If Your Dog Has a Toothache?

Can dogs get toothaches? I thought today would be a good day to answer this question.

If your dog had a toothache, how would you know?  Dogs can't talk, so it's up to the pet owner to figure it out. Do you know the signs?

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), 80 percent of dogs show oral disease by age 3, and it is the most common health problem treated in veterinary hospitals today.

Common signs of a toothache are:

  • Yellow and brown tartar buildup

  • Bleeding

  • Bad breath

  • Red inflamed gums ( gingivitis)

  • Difficulty chewing

  • Change in eating habits

  • Pawing at the mouth

Here is a great guide to help you care for your dog's teeth. Go to:

Veterinary care should include periodic dental exams, which are important in order to maintain good oral health. The frequency with which dental examinations should be performed depends on your pet's age.

Never underestimate the importance of good dental health. Studies show that brushing your dog's teeth just 3 times a week could increase his life by 5 years!

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