Dogs are naturally inquisitive. That curious nature can lead to serious dental issues. Things like chewing on sharp objects, licking caustic substances or even altercations with other dogs can lead to mouth sores. If your dog has blood-tinged saliva or has been refusing to eat, it may have injuries inside its mouth. Here are four things you should do to alleviate the discomfort.
Rinse the Mouth
If your dog has injuries inside the mouth, you'll need to keep the sores clean. You'll need to rinse its mouth at least once a day until the symptoms subside. For this treatment, you'll need clear water and a turkey baster. Fill the turkey baster with clear water and squirt the water into your dog's mouth. Be sure to rinse the entire mouth for at least five minutes each time.
Offer Ice Water
Mouth sores can cause pain, which can make it difficult for your dog to eat or drink properly. Unfortunately, when that happens, your dog can become malnourished and dehydrated. Ice water can help numb the pain associated with canine mouth sores. Offer your dog ice water throughout the day. Simply fill a bowl with water and add some crushed ice. The water will keep your dog hydrated and dull the pain.
Apply Pain Reliever
If you can see the sores inside your dog's mouth, and the tips provided above aren't working to alleviate the pain, try using an over-the-counter pain reliever or numbing agent. Simply place some of the numbing agent on a cotton swab and apply it directly to the mouth sores. Repeat the application several times a day, especially before meals.
See a Veterinarian
In severe cases, canine mouth sores can become infected. When that happens, your dog will require veterinary care as soon as possible. If your dog does not show signs of improvement, you should look inside its mouth for signs of infection. Some of the signs you should look for include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Open wounds that have a yellow or green discharge
- Foul odors coming from the mouth
- Bleeding from the teeth or gums
Dogs love to explore the world around them. Unfortunately, that exploration can lead to mouth injuries. If your dog has a mouth injury, you need to begin treatment. The information described above will help you keep your dog comfortable while their mouth heals. Be sure to contact a local veterinarian (such as Clayton Veterinary Associates) if the mouth sores don't heal or get worse over time.