ANIMALS

My Dog Has Lost A Tooth! What Can Be The Reasons And When Is It Necessary To Visit A Vet?

Date October 1, 2018 18:38

Every dog owner can face such a problem as a pet's tooth loss. Of course, this problem can be age-related. For example, it is quite normal when baby teeth start falling out at the age of 4, while later people lose their teeth due to old age. However, sometimes the reason may not be the age. That is why you need to consult a vet just immediately.

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There are different causes of tooth loss: improper diet, age, etc. In combination with other symptoms, they can indicate your pet’s particular condition.

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Reasons for tooth loss

1. Age. Loss of milk teeth in the early stages of life, and adult ones due to aging.

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2. Malnutrition. A serious lack of any key diet elements or vitamins.

3. Lack of oral cavity hygiene. Over the time, the plaque can harden into tartar. Your dog eventually may lose its teeth because of this problem.

4. Gums inflammation (gingivitis and periodontitis).

5. Lack of solid food in the diet and toys that can be gnawed.

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Before the teeth begin to fall out, you can notice a putrid smell from the pet’s mouth, which may be accompanying gum or teeth diseases.

When is it necessary to bring the dog to the vet?

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Both young and old dogs should be taken to the vet immediately after losing a tooth. A caring owner will always look after their pet’s health. The doctor will find out the reason of the problem and choose the necessary treatment. A professional medical worker will always advise on the dog’s condition.

Consult a vet if your dog:

  • has blood in the gums;
  • refuses to take solid food (pain while eating);
  • has an unpleasant smell from the mouth;
  • has plaque on the teeth;
  • has a tooth that is about to fall out;
  • losses a tooth.

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Animals and especially our beloved pets need dental care no less than us humans.

Source: zoologist Ekaterina Zakharova

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