Doggy Dental Care

Did you know that dogs can develop many of the same dental troubles as people can? Toothaches are just as painful for pets as they are for us. They can also cause some very serious infections! Read on as a Temecula, CA vet discusses caring for Fido’s teeth.

Common Issues

Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems we see in dogs. Over 80 percent of adult pooches have it! The disease isn’t painful at first. In fact, in the early stages, it is asymptomatic. However, the infection can spread to Fido’s major organs through his bloodstream, and can contribute to some serious medical issues, such as heart disease. Dogs can also suffer from misalignments, abscesses, or infections. It’s also not uncommon for our canine pals to crack or break their teeth while chewing or playing.


Bad breath is one of the most common symptoms of doggy dental woes. Other red flags to watch out for include visible tartar buildup; ropy, stringy, or excessive drool; blood smears on Fido’s toys or dishes; swelling; grumpiness; reduced interest in play; withdrawal; and changes in appetite or eating habits. Contact your vet immediately if you see any of these warning signs.

Home Care

Brushing Fido’s teeth is one of the best things you can do to keep his choppers healthy. Start slow, as it may take a little while to get your canine buddy used to the process. Use pet toothpastes and toothbrushes, and offer your furry pal treats as rewards. If your pooch isn’t having it, you can still help keep his mouth healthy by giving him oral rinses or dental-formula kibble, treats, or chews. Making sure your dog always has plenty of water and suitable chew toys is also very important.

Veterinary Care

Fido should have his teeth examined by a vet at least once a year, starting at about six months of age. You’ll also need to bring your pup in if you notice any of the symptoms listed above. Treatment is always offered on a case-by-case basis, and may range from a simple cleaning to extractions or other procedures. The point here isn’t to give your pup a perfect smile: it’s to treat issues that can cause pain, infections, and/or other troubles.

Do you know or suspect that your dog is having dental troubles? Contact us, your local Temecula, CA pet clinic, today.