Modern Veterinary Care

Signs Your Dog Needs Dental Surgery

Your dog's teeth are important and they need to be cared for in order to keep your dog healthy. Your dog's oral health requires your care. If you aren't taking the time to care for your dog's teeth, your dog could end up with oral issues that may require surgery. Some issues your dog could have include needing a tooth/teeth pulled, removal of tumors in the jaw, the removal of excess gum tissue, or even a routine dental cleaning, but your dog may have to be put under anesthetic. If you aren't sure if your dog needs any of this type of dental work done, read on for signs.

Your Dog Is Having Trouble Eating

If your dog is having a hard time eating its food, it may be because of an issue with its gums such as gingivitis or it could be due to an infected tooth. If your dog isn't eating, it may need to have a tooth removed or it could need other dental work, such as cleaning out the infection, or just antibiotics to clear up the infection. If your dog isn't eating, take a good look at your dog's teeth and gums. If they appear inflamed or red, it could be an infection. 

Your Dog Has Terrible Breath

If your dog has terrible breath, it may be because of an infected tooth or a rotting tooth that needs to be extracted. If your dog has swollen gums, or you can see a black tooth or broken tooth in your dog's mouth, you need to take your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup and for oral surgery if needed. Try to give your dog treats that help with bad breath to see if it helps as well.

Your Dog Is Pawing At Its Face

If your dog is pawing at its snout or face often, it may be because of an infected tooth. Watch your dog and see if it whines while pawing at its face, or you notice that your dog is pawing at its face, take a look in its mouth to see if you can see what's going on. Take your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup. 

If your dog is showing any of these signs, you should take your dog to the veterinarian for a cleaning or for possible oral surgery. Your dog needs to have its teeth cared for by you. You should be brushing your dog's teeth at least once per week, and you need to watch out for signs of an oral health concern to prevent these issues from affecting your dog's organs and health in general.

Reach out to a veterinarian for more information about pet oral surgery.