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Most pets with painful dental conditions do not show obvious clinical signs to their owners, but this does not mean they are not feeling pain.  Animals

instinctively tend to hide sings of illness or weakness.  Many painful dental conditions develop gradually and are common in middle aged and older pts. 

Often behavior that is interpreted as “acting grumpy” can be the result of dental pain and many times these pets will act “years younger” after dental treatment.


Signs of oral/dental disease in pets can include:

  • Bad breath

  • Broken teeth

  • Drooling

  • Loss of appetite

  • Dropping food

  • Loose teeth

  • Discolored teeth or teeth covered in tartar

  • Reluctance to eat

  • Reluctance to play with toys

  • Favoring one side of the mouth or chewing on one side

  • Pawing at face

  • Swelling under eyes

  • Draining or chronic eye infections

  • Chronic sneezing and nasal infections

  • Inability to open or close the mouth

  • Changes in behavior

  • Bleeding from mouth


Home care such as brushing teeth is most effective if done at least 4 times a week.  Prevention of most common oral disease in pets is just like it is for

people- regular removal of plaque and tartar with a dental scaling and polishing.