Just like people, dogs can suffer from gum problems. There are a variety of reasons for this issue, many of which can be very dangerous for dogs. The following are some causes of gum bleeding in dogs and what you can do to address the issue.
Much like humans, dogs can suffer from gingivitis, the most common cause for bleeding gums. This condition causes the gums to be inflamed and bleed. Gingivitis is caused by plaque and tartar buildup near the gum line. You can keep this from happening by brushing your dog's teeth a few times a week.
Additionally, dogs can suffer from periodontal disease, which is a condition that causes deterioration of the jaw and tendons that are responsible for the teeth. The teeth can eventually fall out if periodontal disease is not dealt with. Although this condition cannot be reversed after damage has been done, there are ways to slow it down and halt the problems caused by it. The dog will require professional treatment by the vet through the use of a treatment plan, including medicine and regular professional teeth cleanings.
Chewing is a natural action for all dongs. However, if your dog chews on a foreign object, it can result in serious gum bleeding. Things that contain plastic or metal that are not designed for dogs to chew can result in lacerated gums. Always keep foreign items away from dogs so that they are not tempted to chew them. Not only will the gums bleed, but the foreign materials can also result in stomach ailments and infection.
If your dog has not chewed any foreign items and does not have issues with tartar, it is possible that your dog has ingested something to cause the gums to bleed. Some chemicals, such as antifreeze, cocoa, and other poisons, not only cause the gums to bleed but are also extremely hazardous to your dog's health. Take your dog directly to the veterinarian if you think this is a possibility.
Regular oral hygiene is a major part of taking care of a dog. Healthy teeth can help prevent additional health issues in the future. Keeping a dog's teeth clean is fairly easy. You can purchase a toothbrush and toothpaste designed specifically for dogs. Brush the dog's teeth a few times a week. Also, take some time to inspect the gums. If you see any lumps or spots, be sure to have them checked out to ensure it is not a cancerous spot or other problem. For more information about bleeding gums and tips for brushing your dog's teeth, talk to a vet at the Capitol Animal Clinic.