Dental Care

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  • Is it safe to give my 11 year old Cocker Spaniel Anesthesia for a teeth cleaning?

    Could this cause complications?

  • How serious are loose dog teeth?
  • My puppy is getting adult teeth. Her puppy teeth aren't falling out
    what should we do?Our 4 month old puppy lost one of her puppy teeth but the rest of them are staying it and the adult teeth are growing in front of them. Is this okay? Should we do something?
  • Is it safe to use Oragel on a puppy for teething?
    My 4 1/2 male Shepard puppy is teething. Is it ok to use Oragel on his gums?
  • Do puppies lose teeth?
    pup lost tooth
  • Teeth cleaning
    My little Pekingese is 15 years old and is now suffering from gingivitis; it was recommended that we spend almost $600 to get the teeth cleaned but is she too old for anesthesia? I think she is fine otherwise.
  • One cm smooth pale nodule in a mouth of my dog
    I just found last night a 1 cm smooth pale nodule in my 1 year old German Shepherd's lower back outer jaw. I thought it was likely a cyst (thats what it looks like). It is not neer the gingival line, it is below it.IT is getting removed on Monday by my local vet. I'm sure its not been there more than 1-2 months since i examine him regularly (i'm a physician). What presentation is this most likely consistent with? nonpigmented melanoma? fibrosarcoma? my husband is devistated. Thanks
  • What can I use for pain relief for apparent toothache in my dog
    what can I use for temporary pain relief for apparent toothache in my chihuahua? Dr cannot see him until friday
  • My Australian Shepherd dog has dental problems
    I have a 6 year old Australian Shepherd, and recently noticed that all her upper back molars were cut down and missing their points. I do not allow any chew material other than dental strips and dried ostrich meat strips, and definitely no play with stones or sticks. What has caused the immense wear on her teeth? I also clean her teeth once a week -admittedly not wonderfully because she fights,but I do try. I am really desperate because I want stop this heavy wear. Can you help?
  • My dog having some trouble with her bottom fang teeth
    My 6 months old Puggle is having some trouble with her bottom fang teeth. She still has her fang teeth but her mature ones are already growing behind them. This seems really weird to me. One of her teeth is loose but has not fallen out. Anything I can do? Is this normal?
  • I have a 18 pound pekenese dog who has an absessed tooth
    I have 500 mgs. of amoxicillan and Keflex 500 mgs. can I give her the amoxicillan or is to too strong
  • Puppy ears are goofy while teething?
    My puppy is a 16 week old Australian Shepherd, her ears are wacky right now. One is up and the other is down. Is this typical
  • Bad breath in dogs
    Dog's breath smell like dead rat.
  • Dog loose tooth treatment?
    I backed into my dog. He was bleeding from the mouth. His front tooth is loose. What can I do to help him?
  • How do I remove dog plaque?
    As above. Thanks.
  • Reoccurring benign dog tumor
    I have a 5 year old boston terrier, last year he had a benign tumor removed from his upper gum line. Over the year it grew back to the size of my thumb nail. At that time his lower canine began puncturing it. He did not seem to be in any pain nor have any change in appetite. I had the tumor removed again. That was about 3 weeks ago. I have noticed it is growing back again. It is pinker and more red then the rest of his gums. I don' know if i should keep removing it or what it is. Please advise.
  • Are dog gums supposed to be pink?
    Are my newly adopted dog's dark, in some places black, gums an indication of a problem? The gums are sticky to the touch. He isn't dehydrated and was given a clean bill of health by a vet prior to adoption two weeks ago. He doesn't behave as if he's sick or feeling bad, but is a very anxious 4 year old shepherd mix. Aren't his gums supposed to be pink?
  • Constant licking with missing bottom dog teeth and bad breath
    My 10 yr old yorkshire terrier doesn't stop licking anything in her sight from the sofa to me. This can go on for hours. Also, I have noticed that she has lost some bottom teeth and her breath is awful, please help.
  • Medicine for dog toothaches?
    My chihuahua has oversized teeth and has had many pulled. However he still has a few large ones left that hurt him and he gets infections up in his gums that hurt and make his mouth stink. What is the human equivelant to clyndomicyn that was prescribed him?
  • My dogs tooth was removed. Why won't it stop bleeding?
    Dog 7 months mixed breed- alaskan husky malamute and shepherd. Sick since age 6 weeks. Vet diagnosed with lymes disease traveling joint pain and lumps forming over joints and treated for this. Then had loose tooth causing profuse bleeding and it was pulled but cant stop bleeding, blood clots but clot seems to break down too quickly. Has been treated with antibiotics and antinflammatories since 6 weeks of age for lymes.
  • Is there a bad dog breath home remedy?
    Is there anything I can do for my dogs' bad breath? They go to the vet yearly, and eat dry food. Is there a home remedy I can use?
  • Chipped fang dog tooth
    Dear Vet, My 2-year old cat seemed to broke one of his fang tooth, specifically on his left top side. The tooth looks healthy to me, but the tip of the fang has fallen off and I'm afraid that it could effect his eating habit. I hope you could advice me further doctor.
  • My dog is too old for dental cleaning?
    When my dog turned 17 the vet refused to clean her teeth.He said she would not survive the anesthetic.Now her teeth are really bad and she cannot chew dog food. The vet said it is time to put her to sleep but the dog is active and otherwise healthy. I can't see putting a dog to sleep because her teeth are bad. The vet never suggested brushing her teeth and now they are too bad and painful. I am at my wits end. She is a wonderful animal who was blind at birth and has lived well.
  • Home remedy for missing adult dog canine?
    My adult dog lost her adult canine tooth. She is 10 years old and up to date on shots. She now has a hole in the top of her gums. I can not afford to suture the hole or get her teeth cleaned. I recently was laid off. I know this is close to her sinuses. Is there any over the counter/at home things I can do? Maybe an antibacterial mouthwash I can rinse in her mouth with a syringe? Help. I feel like a horrible dog mom. But I just can't afford to get it sutured.
  • Broken canine tooth
    One of my cats was drooling excessively, so I took a look in her mouth to see if there was anything out of the ordinary in there. There was, somehow she managed to break off about 2 or 3 mm of her left canine tooth. She isn't off her food, but is obviously uncomfortable. Is there anything I can do for her to ease the pain, and is there anything the vet can do for her?Thanks Jenn
  • Dog gums are red or purple color, why?
    My Yorkie's gums are redish to purple. What causes this? What can I do? Should I take him to my vet?
  • Home care for dog gum abscess?
    Dog was pawing side of snout. Examined mouth. Abscess was punctured facially of canine. Tooth not mobile. Scaled area flushed with chlorhexidine. Can I pack area subgingival with tetracycline paste? I am a dental hygienist. Tissue is swollen again. Dog is 11yr old Samoyed. Does not like to have mouth touched!
  • Dog tooth is missing and has swollen tissue
    My little Yorkie cross dog, has one of his front teeth that somehow went missing. Just behind the missing tooth he has swollen tissue. He and a little Jack Russell got into a fight over a bone. His mouth was sore after we split them up, then I noticed my dog, Terry, was using his tongue like something was stuck between his front teeth. I looked and did not see anything. The next day is when I noticed one front tooth missing and swelling.

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