Make an appointment with your veterinarian if your dog exhibits one or more of these symptoms:

• Bad breath

• Unhealthy looking gums (normal gums are a pinkish color)

• Inflamed gums, or oozing pus

• Facial swelling

• Excessive drooling

• Yellow or brown buildup on the surface of the teeth

• Loose teeth

• Tumors in the gums (not necessarily dental in nature, but may need to be surgically removed if found to be malignant)

• Cysts under the tongue (salivary cysts that require drainage and the removal of the salivary glands

 

This story appeared in Animal Scene’s April 2015 issue