We don’t like to think about it, but from time to time our dogs get sick. Sometimes those ailments cause our pups pain. Don’t feel bad if this happens to you, it’s all par for the course. However, it’s vital that you learn and know the signs, especially of the more serious infections dogs can get. One of those infections is a tooth infection. These can become fatal if not taken care of, not to mention the amount of pain they will cause your dog in the interim. So here are a few things to look out for that might mean your dog has a tooth infection!
Refusing To Eat Hard Foods/Treats or Dropping Said Food
This is always a major sign that something is off. Dogs are generally pretty food driven, so if something is hindering their intake of food it’s safe to bet that something is wrong. See if switching to a soft food helps in this regard. If it does, your dog might be having an issue with their chompers. Be attentive and make sure you are keeping an eye out for other factors too!
Not Chewing On Hard Toys
Another sign that something might be wrong. If your dog has a favorite toy that they are no longer playing with, take note. Or if they are making whining noises or whimpering as they chew, this is another sign. Blood could also be a factor with a tooth infection, so make sure you keep an eye on your dog if they are already exhibiting any of the other symptoms listed here.
Favoring Their Mouth/Side of Face
If your pup isn’t wanting you to touch that side of their face, that may be signs of pain. Sometimes growling or showing teeth may go hand in hand with this. Remember not to be alarmed! Your dog is communicating with you the only way they know how. Them rubbing or scratching that side of the face consistently may also be a sign of irritation. This does contrast with the first point, but if your dog is ever favoring their mouth in any way, be sure to keep a lookout for other signs and inspect thoroughly – if symptoms persist – a visit to your vet is highly recommended.
This one might be hard to determine, because some dogs just have stinkier breath than others, but it’s worth noting that if your dog’s breath is especially bad it could be a sign of infection. If this is coupled with the above signs or anything else that seems suspect, it is vital to take your pup to a vet as soon as possible.
Tooth infections can become serious very fast. Do not ignore these symptoms if your dog begins to exhibit any of them.
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