Your dog requires routine dental cleanings, just like humans do, to maintain good oral health. Your dog can have periodontal and gum disease if their teeth are not properly cared for, just like you can.
When they do have issues like gingivitis (gum inflammation), tartar accumulation, and bleeding gums, these are symptoms of more serious issues. In fact, the most typical symptom of gum disease is bleeding gums.
Let’s look at what bleeding gums in your dog could imply, as they are typically a sign of poor oral hygiene but can also indicate more major health issues. We’ll start with the most typical cause of bleeding gums in dogs.
What should it mean if my dog’s gums bleed?
Lack of good hygienic conditions is the prime cause of gums bleeding in dogs. Most dog owners neglect the oral grooming of their pets. They do not realize that brushing a dog’s teeth is as important as cleaning them.
And if your pooch’s teeth prolonged remain negligent, then the results will be worse. As plaque or tartar starts to build up on the dog’s teeth and specifically around the gums. And if it does not clean for several weeks, it will start inflammation in the gums that are harmful to your dog’s oral health. It starts with bad breath and ends with gingivitis and other dental ailments, including tumors.
What are some causes of bleeding gums in dogs?
Here are some causes of bleeding in dogs. Let’s address them one by one.
Like human babies, younger dogs also experience the phase where the old teeth replace by new ones. So, if your pooch is younger than eight weeks and experiencing gums bleeding, it is probably due to the development of new teeth.
However, fortunately, this teething in puppies lasts for less than a couple of weeks, and after that, your dog’s gum stops bleeding. During this period, your dog starts to chew everything he gets, which irritates an owner.
That’s why it is necessary to provide your puppy with hygienic teething toys that will cause oral issues in your pooch.
Suppose your dog has become older than 8 weeks and is still facing the same bleeding in his gums, or you find blood in his chewing toys; then it’s something serious that needs to be addressed immediately.
Gingivitis is one of the common dental diseases that a dog can suffer from—brushing a dog’s teeth once a day is the best option to avoid such periodontal disease. However, if owners show negligence in brushing once a day, then calculus and plaque buildup on the enamel of the dog’s gum. These calculus and plaque are usually enriched with certain harmful bacteria that cause oral inflammation.
These bacteria start crawling in the space between the tooth and gingiva (known as sulcus), and these gums start bleeding and swelling, causing severe pain in the gums. And in certain cases, it demands thorough periodontal therapy due to infection in the tooth roots and the bones nearby.
To avoid such misfortune, it is better to set a routine checkup with the veterinarian dentist so that he will examine your dog’s gums thoroughly.
Foreign object sticks in teeth:
Sometimes, dogs play with certain objects like a small stick in their mouth or a certain chewable toy, and suddenly a small piece detaches and sticks inside the teeth or gums. Such foreign bodies are too harmful if remain prolonged without considering them.
Commonly, a foreign body remains stuck inside the gums or teeth for several weeks until a veterinarian dentist detects it after a thorough examination. Yet, we recommend not removing the foreign body by yourself. Consult the veterinarian as he will remove that foreign object by giving anesthesia or will use the tools that are safe to remove this foreign body without causing harm.
In a few cases of oral ailment, you might have noticed the blood dripping from your mouth or saliva full of blood. Such cases occur due to severe trauma that your pooch’s mouth starts bleeding.
Dogs are unstoppable creatures as they engage in any activity. Chewing is a hobby they have by nature. Sometimes, they chew an inappropriate object like glass or sharp plastic, which cuts their gums or tongue and causes the blood to drip.
Yet, this is not incurable if the cut is minor. However, if your dog engulfs a sharp harmful object, then you must consult a veterinarian. Go to the clinic if the blood does not slow down for several minutes.
Your dog might suffer from one of three oral tumors, including;
- Oral melanoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Fibro sarcoma
These tumors, besides hurting your dog, also cause swelling that can easily diagnose from the outside. However, if a tumor occurs on the tongue or back side of the mouth, then it would be problematic to diagnose it. Symptoms of such tumors include blood in saliva, difficulty in engulfing food, reduction in hunger, and many more.
It is better to consult an expert in this regard or make an appointment with your veterinarian so that he will take a thorough examination of your pooch’s mouth.
Frequently asked questions.
- Dog toothpaste.
- You can use a dog’s mouthwash to avoid the dog’s gum bleeding problem.
- reduction of inflammation-related discomfort.
- Antibiotics and certain dental cleaning methods.
- Thorough examination of your dog’s mouth once a week.
- daily cleaning through brushing
- A balanced diet.
- Chewing toys and snacks
- Bleeding and irritated gums.
- stained teeth (brown or yellow)
- Missing or loose teeth.
- Having bad breath (known as halitosis).
If gum disease remains unchecked prolong, it may lead to renal or heart disease. However, out of 100, almost 80 dogs survive periodontal diseases. So, the rate of fatality is quite low normally.