5 Signs Of Dental Pain In Pets

Your pets can't tell you when they're suffering from a toothache or other types of pain.  If you notice any of these signs, contact your veterianrian to schedule an exam.

  • No signs at all-  Dogs, cats and other companion animals, such as rabbits, rarely show signs of dental pain.  This is a survival mechanism, an instinctual behavior that our domesticated animals have in common with their wild ancestors.
  • Bad Breath-  The odor is a byproduct of the bacterial metabolic process.  In pets with periodontal disease, there is more bacteria in the mouth and so the odor increases.  "Doggy breath" or "tuna breath" is not normal and needs to be evaluated.
  • Altered Behavior-  Chewing on one side of the mouth, dropping food, running away from the food dish, crying when yawning, hiding, not grooming themselves and acting "grumpy" are all signs of dental pain.  You know your pet better than anyone, so look for abnormal behaviors.
  • Bleeding-  Bleeding from the mouth is usually due to periodontal disease, but it could also be evidence of fractured teeth, lacerations or ulcers on the tongue or gum tissue or the presence of an oral mass.  Look for thick, ropey saliva, spots of blood found on toys or beds or drops of lood in the water or food dish.  If the periodontal disease is severe enough, you may notice bleeding from the nose or bloody discharge when your pet sneezes. 
  • Return to normal-  Once our veteriary team addresses your pet's oral issues, your pooch may show he's feeling better by acting like a puppy again or your kitty might seek extra attention.

What does it mean to be an AAHA certified hosptital?

​​The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only organization that accredits companion animal veterinary hospitals in North America.  To Become accredited by AAHA, our hospital must demonstrate an exceptional level of medical care and client service, and be measured against the most rigorous standards in the veterinary industry.

The AAHA Standards of Accreditation cover these and so much more:
  • Our team members are regularly trained in pet CPR so they can act quickly if your pet faces an emergency.
  • We provide nutritional assessments and counseling to help you make informed decisions about your pet's diet.
  • Dental procedures are performed by trained team members who follow the highest standards of dental care for your pet.
  • Our team is always up to date and trained on the latest veterinary best practices in caring for your pet.
  • A practice team member will be dedicated to monitoring your pet while he or she is under anesthesia.
  • We consider pain assessment and control a valuable part of your pet's visit, which helps promote faster healing and comfort.
  • ​We are trained to handle your pet gently and safely, which minimizes stress during the veterianary visit.