Posted on: 29 July 2020
Your dog needs to have regular dental care just like you do. If you watch out for the signs that your dog needs to go the vet for some dental cleaning, you can get your dog in sooner and have less intensive care. Here are signs your dog needs to see the vet for a dental cleaning; average tooth cleaning costs are between $150 and $500 depending on your dog's breed, size, and where you live. Additional dental care costs are extra.
Your dog is drooling a lot
Is your dog drooling more frequently than normal, especially when their mouth is closed? Drool dripping from your dog's snout can mean that they have an infected tooth or gums and their mouth is responding to infection. If your dog is also rejecting hard foods or eating tenderly, or they are pawing at their mouth a lot, or licking the outside of their mouth frequently, it's time to take them to the vet for a dental cleaning and inspection.
Your dog has bad breath
Your dog will likely start developing bad breath as a dental cleaning becomes necessary. The bad breath in your dog is caused by bacterial buildup, mouth infection, or an abscessed tooth, all of which require dental care at your local vet. See your vet if your dog's breath has gotten so bad you can smell it when their mouth is closed, or if their bad breath is accompanied by rapid weight loss, vomiting, or other signs of illness in your dog.
Your dog won't let you touch them
If your dog is suffering from a bad tooth, they will often pull their head away when you try to pet them. This is because they're uncomfortable or in pain and they don't want their injury to be bothered. If you can get your dog to open their mouth, you might be able to see the red spot where an infection has set into their gums; see the vet to have a dental cleaning and other dental work done on your dog.
You can clean your dog's teeth at home to keep their oral health in check. You can buy dog toothpaste and a toothbrush from your vet, or you can buy these supplies online or at your local pet store. Getting dental chews and other supplies for your dog can also be beneficial in keeping your dog's oral health in great condition in between doggy dental cleanings.
If you are interested in dental care for dogs, feel free to reach out to a vet for more information.Share