Chihuahua pet parents never ever want to see our babies in any uncomfortable situation. Try as we may, they can get ill or contract certain conditions. Mouth sores can be quite a common condition in many dogs. There can be a number of reasons and causes why your dog may suffer from mouth sores. Some of the effects can be due to poor oral health care in your dog while others can be more internal. Because the cause of the mouth sores is so vast, it is imperative that you describe the situation immediately to your veterinarian and seek medical attention.
If your dog’s mouth appears to be pink and smooth that is a good sign of a healthy mouth. Mouth sores can show up on the lips, face, and the inner lining of the mouth. Some of the signs to look for are –
· bumps and lumps on the face and lips
· hard purple bumps
· foaming at the mouth
· foul odor and bad breath
· loss of appetite
· tongue ulcer
· grinding of the teeth
· red, swollen, bleeding gums
· trouble opening and closing the mouth or trouble chewing and swallowing
· excessive panting
· frequent gagging
· pawing at the face and mouth
· a mouth or nose discharge
· swollen tongue, lips and jaw
· tongue and gums are pale and/or blue
· sore and bleeding nose
· dog warts
Mouth sores are more common in the senior dog though any dog can be affected. Sores in the mouth can be the result of so many issues and conditions in your dog. Aside from dental issues and tooth problems, there could be other underlying concerns causing the mouth sores such as –
· Virus which may show up as dog warts. Sometimes they remedy themselves.
· The herpes virus can cause ulcerated mouth sores.
· A condition called Pemphigus is an auto-immune disease which causes open crusty mouth sores.
· Large lumps on the gums called hyperplastic gingiva may form and would need to be surgically removed.
· Melanoma can show up in the mouth as non-pigmented masses which can be malignant.
· Canine dental diseases and infections can cause ulcerations in the mouth.
· Abscesses of the mouth are also due to poor oral health care. If the abscess bursts it can be serious.
· Epulis is a tumor that can form around the base of a tooth and should be removed. These tumors are most often benign.
· A bacterial infection may show up in the form of a red itchy bump in the mouth. Bacteria can form from a lack of oral health care.
· Some conditions such as liver disease and pancreatic tumors can also evolve in the form of a mouth sore.
If you note any of these types of sores in or around your dog’s mouth or face, be sure to call your vet immediately. In the meantime, you can feed your dog a soft diet, warm not hot, so as not to cause any further pain. Sometimes providing your dog with some crushed ice can temporarily alleviate the pain.
Some of the mouth sores may be due to underlying conditions and your doctor will put into place a treatment plan dependent upon his findings. Most sores of the mouth are due to a lack of oral hygiene in your dog. You as the pet parent can prevent the onset of many of these mouth sores by putting into place a regular at-home dental plan for your dog. Brush your dog’s teeth at least twice weekly. In between brushings, provide your dog with dental chew bones, rawhides and chew toys to keep those teeth and gums in good working order and free from tartar and plaque buildup.
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