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Canine Gum Disease

pet_dental_monthGum disease can be devastating to your dogs health and to their mouth.Gum disease can cause chronic pain, eroded gums, tooth loss and bone loss. What makes it so difficult is that it can develop without you even noticing until it gets too late. The good thing is that gum disease is easily preventable.

Dogs get gum disease due to bacteria. After a dog eats, bacteria, food particles and saliva create a plaque over the teach. Plaque leads to tartar, and a build up over time leads to tooth loss and gum disease.

Dogs are far more likely to get gum disease than humans. This is because a dogs mouth forms more plaque than a human, when combined with the fact that most dogs don’t brush their teeth every day, it leads to a likelihood of developing gum disease.

Symptoms of Gum Disease in Dogs


Because there are no early symptoms of gum disease, buy the time you notice symptoms it is likely pretty advanced.

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red gums
  • Loose Teeth
  • Blood in their water bowl
  • Blood on their chew toys
  • Bad breath
  • Talking when they eat or yawn
  • Difficulty picking up food
  • Lumps in their mouth
  • Bloody or ropey salica
  • Head shyness (not wanting their head touched)

Gum disease can affect more than your dog’s mouth. It can also lead to a higher risk of heart, kidney and liver disease.

Preventing Gum Disease in Dogs

The best way to treat gum disease is to prevent it.


There is no cure for gum disease. Once your dog has it, and 80% have the beginning signs by the age of 3 years, there is nothing you can do to cure it. Once they have gum disease you can only treat it.

Bring you dog into Vetco today to get their teeth examined and cleaned.


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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.