Does My Dog’s Mouth Hurt?

Does your dog’s mouth hurt? It can be hard to tell! Find out the signs of mouth pain in dogs, and what to do if you think your dog’s mouth is painful.

Does My Dog's Mouth Hurt? from Princeton Veterinary Hospital. Does your dog's mouth hurt? It can be hard to tell! Find out the signs of mouth pain in dogs, and what to do if you think your dog's mouth is painful.

Can Dogs Get Toothaches?

Yes, dogs can get toothaches! Toothaches and other causes of mouth pain can be very painful for dogs, just like they can for people. It can be pretty tough to tell when a dog’s mouth is hurting. Many times, mouth pain is because of gingivitis or periodontal disease. The first step in treating these diseases is a thorough dental cleaning. Another common cause of mouth pain in dogs is broken teeth.

Signs of Mouth Pain in Dogs

There are some obvious signs you may notice if your dog’s mouth hurts.

  • Drooling
  • Pawing at face
  • Flinching when you touch his face
  • Dropping food

Some of the signs of mouth pain are not as clear and could be caused by something else.

  • Not eating hard treats or kibble, but still eating soft food
  • Only chewing on one side of the mouth
  • Not eating any food
  • Red-colored (bloody) drool
  • Swelling and/or warmth on the face

What to Do if Your Dog’s Mouth Hurts

If you notice your dog showing any of the signs listed above, please call us or come in. It can be very difficult to determine what is going on with your dog without a full examination, including an examination of his mouth. Depending on what they find on the exam, our veterinarians may recommend further tests like radiographs (x-rays) or bloodwork. Once we determine the cause of your pet’s mouth pain, we can make treatment recommendations.

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