What Can be Done for Bleeding Gums?

 |  Mar 3rd 2009  |   1 Contribution


A recent comment caught my eye.

We have a 5 year old Cane Corso. Can the brand/ type of dog food make a difference on his teeth? They started bleeding lately and he will only eat his food if we put water in it and leave it to get mushy. Please let us know if there is anything we should be doing differently.

Heather

The most common cause of bleeding in the mouth is dental disease. Since dogs don't brush their teeth, they are prone to infections of the teeth, gums, and bones in the mouth that can become severe.

Pets with advanced dental disease may prefer soft food to dry food. They may also experience bleeding from the gums.

This sort of dental disease is very painful. It also poses a serious health risk.

Dogs that eat dry food generally develop dental disease more slowly than those that eat soft food. However, all dogs are at risk for dental disease. If your dog is unable to eat hard food, then you should continue to feed him soft food until a vet can evaluate him.

Speaking of vets, I recommend that you take your dog to one as soon as possible. In addition to dental disease, problems such as fractured (chipped) teeth, tumors in the mouth, exposure to rat poison, and foreign objects lodged in the oral cavity can cause the symptoms you describe.

Whatever is causing your dog's symptoms needs to be addressed. The problem is likely to get worse over time. Your dog almost certainly is in pain. He needs to see a vet.

Photo: Jack shows off his teeth. They look good.

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