Swollen Gums Average Cost

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What are Swollen Gums?

The condition of your dog’s gums has an important impact on the overall health of your pet. Red, swollen gums can be an indication of gingivitis, which is an inflammation signalling early dental disease. Although your pet may not show signs of discomfort, plaque and tartar on the teeth and at the gum line will cause redness and pain. Gingivitis can lead to complications with organs such as the heart and liver due to toxins and bacteria entering the bloodstream, and will lead to further periodontal tissue damage.

Inflammation and redness in canine gingiva can be clinically diagnosed as gingivitis. Gingivitis is a painful condition which develops when plaque and calculus continually build up on the tooth, leading to bacteria forming on the gum line. Immediate veterinary care is necessary to prevent additional oral damage.

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Symptoms of Swollen Gums in Dogs

Over 80 percent of dogs over the age of three have gingivitis. Toy breeds are especially susceptible due to the closeness and smallness of their teeth, and may begin to suffer from swollen gums at an early age. If your pet has swollen gums, check for redness and the beginning of a recession from the teeth. Bad breath is also an indication of a dental issue.

Types

Early Gingivitis:

  • Plaque and calculus (tartar) are evident on the teeth
  • There is a mild redness of the gums
  • Though swollen, the gums are still providing a seal around the teeth.

Moderate Gingivitis:

  • The plaque and calculus are now evident under the gum surfaces
  • Halitosis (bad breath) is present
  • The gums are more inflamed.

Advanced Gingivitis:

  • The gums are very swollen with evidence of bleeding
  • A recession of the gums has begun, with pockets forming which allow for bacteria to enter under the gum
  • The bad breath will now be more odorous.

Causes of Swollen Gums in Dogs

Swollen gums in a pet can be caused by the following:

  • Bacteria forms when the plaque on a dog’s teeth is not removed regularly with brushing
  • Minerals in the saliva harden the plaque, which then forms as tartar
  • As the plaque and tartar accumulate, the gums begin to recede.

Diagnosis of Swollen Gums in Dogs

Upon scheduling an appointment, the veterinarian will view your dog’s teeth and gums at each check up. If you suspect a dental issue with your pet, do not wait for the annual visit to have the problem looked at. Dental disease can progress rapidly.

When discussing the swollen gums with your veterinarian, you will be asked for a brief history of the time leading up to the problem. Your veterinarian will ask what type of food you feed your pet, and will want to know when you first noticed the bad breath and redness in the gums. If you have noticed any behavioral changes in your dog, be sure to advise the veterinarian.

She will perform a visual exam of your dog’s mouth and will point out to you the problem areas where gum recession may be present. She will check for abscesses of the teeth and will perform a palpitation of the neck and glands to rule out swelling or lumps.

If infection is present, antibiotics will be prescribed to prepare the mouth for a dental cleaning. Blood work will be ordered to confirm that your dog does not have an underlying problem that should be addressed before the dental appointment is made.

Treatment of Swollen Gums in Dogs

Treatment in the form of a thorough teeth and gum cleaning under general anesthesia is the solution for the resolution of this common canine problem.

Your pet will be carefully monitored during the dental procedure. Protocol for oral care under anesthesia includes utilizing machines such as an electrocardiograph to monitor the heart.

Once your pet has been put under the anesthesia, x-rays will be taken to identify specific problem areas not visible to the eye. If your veterinarian has found a tooth that needs to be removed due to fracture, abscess or gum disease, this will be done at this time. Once necessary extractions have been completed, the veterinarian will remove all calculus, and scale and polish the teeth.

The length of time required for the cleaning will depend upon whether there is a need for extractions. Once the cleaning has been completed, your dog will wake up, while being kept warm and comfortable in order to limit stress.

If your dog was experiencing pain as a result of the need for dental care, the pain will be relieved. Your veterinarian will determine if medication should be prescribed for a few days, in order to keep your pet comfortable as the mouth heals. All of the procedures that have taken place, along with the medication prescribed, will be noted in your dog’s medical chart.

Recovery of Swollen Gums in Dogs

Recovery should be straightforward and without complication. Your veterinarian may recommend softening your pet’s food for a day or two due to sensitivity of the gums.

The best way to avoid the recurrence of swollen gums and further dental problems is with daily oral care for your pet. Your veterinarian can instruct you in proper brushing techniques and advise on the best toothbrush and toothpaste to use. A finger brush is also an excellent tool for cleaning your dog’s teeth. While starting a regular brushing routine is easiest when your pet is young, mature dogs will adapt and cooperate if you begin gently and slowly, brushing a few teeth at a time with water, gradually working your way up to the entire mouth being brushed with a veterinary dentifrice.

Good quality dry food is important for your dog’s dental health. Chew treats can be effective in removing plaque; your veterinarian will be able to recommend the best product.

Excellent oral health is possible for your pet. Consistent daily care, along with regular annual check ups, will ensure your pet has a clean, healthy mouth.

Cost of Swollen Gums in Dogs

Proper oral hygiene is important for anyone, including our furry friends. However, swollen gums can be a result of an underlying issue. The first thing the veterinarian may do is give your dog a good teeth and gum cleaning. With the required blood work it can cost $292 on average. The veterinarian will also need to use general anesthesia which can cost around $40-$72. While your dog is under the anesthesia, the veterinarian will take X-rays to get a better look at what is causing the swollen gums. These X-rays should cost around $185. Once the veterinarian is able to access the X-ray scans, it may be determined that the underlying cause is a bad tooth. This means the veterinarian will need to do an extraction that can cost between $110 and $185. Finally, once all is said and done your dog will be taken off the anesthesia and given pain medication, an estimated cost of $85, to ease the healing process. The veterinarian will also prescribe an antibiotic to combat infection. A week supply of antibiotics can cost $30-$72 depending on the brand and amount.

Swollen Gums Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Nelly
Mixed
10 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

gum enlargement

My dog has enlarged gums. We have a teeth cleaning scheduled. How can I know if she should have surgical removal of the gums? How can I tell if it's swollen or overgrown? What will the surgical removal do to her overall health and quality of life? Also, this seems like a common issue. No particular spot is large. Would you recommend getting the costly pathology test done?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swollen gums are quite common and can be due to infection, foreign bodies or periodontal disease; overgrown gums or gingival hyperplasia is an overgrowth of tissue which in severe cases may envelop the teeth. Treatment options would be dependent on the severity and the plan of treatment which would be decided during the cleaning; if there is no one spot swelling, a biopsy may be done for peace of mind but if your Veterinarian suspects something more sinister it would be recommended. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.veterinarypracticenews.com/what-to-do-when-gums-overgrow-their-boundaries/

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Choppies
Chihuahua
4 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

A lot of sleeping..

Medication Used

no meds

My dog has swollen gums ..only on the top left side..of his mouth...there is no bleeding of the gums and no bad breath...but what i have notice is around his nose its real raw and today blood was coming out...not alot just enough to notice....please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Choppies has an abscess or tumour which is affecting her oral and nasal cavity; this is something which cannot be handled at home and would need to be seen by your Veterinarian to confirm and to prescribe antibiotics or other treatment. The abscess or tumour grows and invades the nasal cavity leading to nosebleeds. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you . i took him to see someone and they gave me some pills for five days and if it gets any worse for me to take him to see a specific kind of vet for his gums ..thank you so much ...

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Eddy
Chihuahua/ Rat Terrier
6 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Gum swelling
Mouth Odor

Medication Used

None

My dog is about 6 years old, and is a chihuahua/terrier mix. Lately a spot on his gums on the upper left side of his mouth has gotten a bit red, and his breath has gotten really bad. He does sometimes paw at it, but he also isn't eating as much of his dry food as usual which I'm guessing is because his mouth is really sore. Tried feeding him chewy dental doggy treats to see if that'll help, but he isn't really interested in them too much.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different conditions which can cause dental or oral health troubles; ulcers, epulides, tumours, periodontal disease and other lesions can cause bad breath and pain whilst eating. There are many different possible causes so it would be best to visit your Veterinarian to take a look to determine the underlying cause; lack of appetite due to oral health problems can lead to other gastrointestinal problems. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jojo
Toy Puyol
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

No
Please help me I love my dogs a ase help

Medication Used

No medications were prescribed

My dog tooth is swollen and he trying to take it off I need help please so please can you help me I do have a lot of money but I love my dogs please help me I really need help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand your concern and your financial situation; however there are many different causes for swelling around the tooth including infections, abscess, foreign bodies, trauma and other causes. It would be best to have the tooth examined regardless of cost as it may require a simple course of antibiotics, antiinflammatories or an extraction. From home all you can do is ensure that the teeth are cleaned and to give soft wet food so that you reduce any discomfort whilst eating. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Abby
Beagle mix
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Won't eat bones

My dog has a swollen small section of gum near the back side of her mouth on he top. It's not discolored or bleeding and she doesn't act like it bothers her too much. What could this be? Is it a reason to be worried? She's an 8 year old dachshund beagle mix.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swollen gums may be an indicator of periodontal disease; but an isolated section could be an epulis or some oral tumour. It is great that the swelling isn’t causing any problems, but I would recommend you have your Veterinarian take a look at it as it may be something serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/tumors-of-the-gums-epulis
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/cancerous-noncancerous-mouth

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Sass
Shitzu/pom
13 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

gums red

hi my dog is 13 years old and has had bad teeth i have had 9 removed like 5 years ago and i have brushed them since she was born now they are worse and i can't go near them i am told that a vet won't put her under as she is to old she is park Pommerainian and par shitzu and wieghs 10 Lbs her teeth are loose should i just wait for her to lose them
thank you


Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A Veterinarian would perform a physical examination and blood tests (to check liver, kidneys and blood cell counts) to determine Sass’s suitability for anaesthesia as there is an increased risk of complications in geriatric dogs. If there are loose teeth it would be best to have them removed as they may cause pain and discomfort whilst eating; until you visit your Veterinarian feed a soft diet so that it doesn’t cause pain when Sass eats. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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George
Bulldog
4.5
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
Redness
Swelling

Our 4 yr old bulldog has swollen gums, had the excessive gum tissue removed and teeth cleaned. Lab results came back clear, but the excessive gum tissue immediately returned, and has nearly encapsulated half of the lower front teeth as before.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swollen gums, gingivitis and periodontal disease are common complaints in dogs over the age of three years of age. There are a few reasons why the condition returned so quickly including wet food, bad oral hygiene, diabetes and autoimmune disease. Feeding dry food and regularly cleaning George’s teeth will help prevent the recurrence of teeth and gum disorders. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello my dog he tooth is swollen he trying to take it off what can I do to help him I do not have no money to go the the vet I need help please

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Oliver
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth Odor

Could having gum disease, cause other physical problems, such as hair loss, itching and inflamed skin? My son's Boarder Collie has bad breath, red gums, and noticeable calculus and plaque build-up.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Periodontal disease has been linked to numerous systemic conditions in the body including liver and kidney disease. Periodontal disease is a preventable condition requiring regular cleaning and maintenance of your dog’s teeth. I would highly recommend you visiting your Veterinarian to have Oliver’s teeth to see if a scrape and a clean is sufficient or if some teeth may need to be removed; also, the itchy skin may require some treatment with antibiotics or steroids. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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