Pain and Dental Disease in Dogs and Cats


Most pets with painful dental conditions do not show clinical signs that are obvious to the owner, but this does not mean that they are not feeling pain. They cannot tell you about the pain. In the wild, animals tend to hide signs of illness or weakness - dogs and cats posses this instinct.

Many painful dental conditions develop gradually, and are more common in middle-aged and older pets. As a result, behavior that the owner interprets as “acting grumpy” may be the result of dental pain. Owners often observe that their pet acts “years younger” following dental treatment.


Be sure that your veterinarian examines your pet’s mouth every time your pet visits the veterinary hospital! An AVDC veterinary dental specialist can be consulted to examine your pet for conditions that cause oral pain.


Some dental treatment and oral surgery procedures such as extraction, or even deep scaling of teeth may cause pain. AVDC veterinary dental specialists are trained to treat and prevent discomfort your pet could experience as a result of treatment. These steps include use of general anesthesia and local anesthetic blocks during the procedure, and post-operative medications when indicated. A pain-free mouth encourages prompt recovery of appetite and other activities following treatment.