Is it possible to understand that a dog has toothache without going to a veterinarian? Of course, examining a doctor is a reliable method, but sometimes dogs suffer from hidden pathologies, which can only be determined by prolonged observation.
If you ever had a toothache, you are unlikely to be able to sleep peacefully, suspecting that the pet is experiencing similar discomfort. Usually, the owner’s concerns are related to changes in the behavior of the ward. With toothache, there are some behavioral signs that allow the dog to reduce discomfort.
With any physical ailment, the dog becomes lethargic. Against the background of severe pain, you may notice increased irritability, which "splash out" on family members or other pets. Toothache is continuous and may be aggravated in certain circumstances.
Important! Cold contributes to increased toothache and its exacerbation. If you notice that the pet is trying to keep warm, climb on upholstered furniture and behaves apathetically, it is worth looking into its mouth.
Toothache accompanies the life of wild dogs almost constantly. Since no one monitors the health of wild and homeless animals, around the age of 2-3 years, tetrapods begin to have problems with their teeth. No matter how strange it sounds, the dog adjusts to live with this pain. A pet can also hide toothache for a long time, which leads to a worsening health situation.
Note! Toothache rarely causes a dog to completely give up food or water. If your pet has stopped eating, it is better to consult a doctor, since probable problems can be very serious.
- When a dog has toothache, it continues to eat, but tries to eat it. do not chew.
- The pet as if scoops up food with the lower jaw and swallows immediately.
- Chewing of food on only one side of the jaw can indicate a toothache. On walks and during games, the pet refuses to spoil the toy, stops “brushing its teeth” with sticks.
In the case of pulpitis - purulent inflammation of the canals of the teeth affecting the dental nerves, the dog is likely to refuse food. The pain with pulpitis is exacerbated until the pus accumulated in the channels finds a way out.
There are two options:
- If the tooth is already destroyed, the channels will burst out and pus will go out - this is a "favorable" outcome.
- If the tooth is not destroyedand the gums are dense, pus will go deep into the gums and jaw. After the pus is spilled, damage to the surrounding tissue called phlegmon will occur.
Of course, it is better not to wait for any outcome, but to see a doctor. Not all clinics and veterinarians deal with dental problems in dogs. Problems with teeth and gums are solved by specialized veterinarians-dentists. If your village does not have veterinary clinics that provide dental care, it is better to remove a bad tooth. Sooner or later, the tooth will begin to hurt, but the longer it stays in the oral cavity, the more numerous the colonies of pathogenic bacteria will become.
Most dental ailments can be detected visually. Almost always breathing becomes putrefactive or sweetly purulent odor.
Pets suffer from a full range of dental diseases and ailments affecting the gums. According to the generally accepted rules for keeping pets, the pet’s mouth should be examined at least once every three days. It is necessary to pay attention to the state of enamel, its whiteness and integrity. Many owners believe that dogs do not suffer from caries, but this statement is far from the truth. If you notice dark spots on the dog’s teeth, it’s best to contact your veterinarian right away, since tooth restoration is possible at this stage.
A dog’s toothache may indicate increased salivation and persistent munching. When a dog has a toothache, active reproduction of pathogenic bacteria in the oral cavity occurs, which leads to gum inflammation. Trying to protect the surfaces of the mucous membranes, the salivary glands secrete a greater volume of saliva, which leads to an uncomfortable sensation in the dog (similar to nausea).
Important! Sick teeth may appear yellowed or brown. Over time, the diseased tooth decays to the base and blackens. When the infection reaches the canals of the tooth, the dog will already be in pain.
An advanced infection, accompanied by the constant multiplication of pathogenic bacteria in the oral cavity, sooner or later leads to gum damage. The first signs of periodontal disease or similar diseases are a change in the color of the mucous membranes to a more reddish, swelling and bleeding.
The problem is that even apparent bleeding gums in a dog is hard to notice. When the dog eats, it releases a lot of saliva and the blood oozing from the gums is simply washed away. Gum bleeding can be determined by the marks on toys or dried blood particles on the lips after sleep.
Prevention of dental ailments of dogs
In most cases, tartar leads to toothache and gum problems. A seemingly harmless problem is fraught with thinning of tooth enamel and the development of pathogenic flora in the oral cavity of dogs.
The problem of tartar consists of a number of factors that are not always obvious:
- Proper nutrition.
- Vitaminization of the diet.
- Regular mouth examinations.
- Teeth cleaning.
- Preventive measures by age.
The dog, regardless of age and breed, should receive both soft and solid food.
- Only solid foods, such as dry food, lead to faster abrasion of enamel.
- Only soft food does not give the necessary load when chewing and leads to tooth decay from the inside.
It turns out that for the sake of the health of the dog’s teeth, it is necessary to seek balance. Like people, our pets need a wide range of vitamins and minerals to fully form and regenerate tissues. It is known that teeth are destroyed with a lack of calciumHowever, this is a superficial look at the problem. Calcium is not absorbed by the body without magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin C. That is, deliberate feeding the dog supplements with calcium is unlikely to strengthen teeth, but it can create kidney problems.
Caution should always be exercised with mineral supplements, as excess salts are deposited in the kidneys and urogenital system. Urolithiasis develops in most adult dogs whose diets are unbalanced. According to generally accepted rules, a dog cannot be salted, since long-term observations have led to the conclusion that salt does not only lead to the development of urolithiasis, but also worsens the health of the dog as a whole.
Even with perfectly matched feeding and regular vitamin courses, tartar forms in the dog with age. You can get rid of it in different ways. For example, preventive brushing, which a dog needs to be taught from childhood, allows you to get rid of fresh plaque, which is converted to stone.
On walks, you may notice that the dog is hard at cracking sticks, this is one way to brush your teeth. At home, you can offer your pet rubber toys or special treats for brushing your teeth. If tartar has already acquired a chronic nature, it is better to consult a doctor and remove it with ultrasound.
Important! Some tartar treat goodies contain technical hydrogen peroxide! Read the contents carefully to make sure they are safe.