Problem: Dental Issues
Dental issues are quite common amongst dogs. Because they lack the ability to express the pain, problems often go unnoticed.
Swollen or bleeding gums are often an indicator of more serious underlying issues. If left untreated, the problems can worsen.
Oral tumors, gingivitis, or periodontal disease can cause pain when eating. This is especially true if your dog is fed dry kibble. Broken or loose teeth can ache with every bite, making the dog avoid their food and chewing toys.
Solution: Look at Their Teeth
After you've checked your dog's body, have them open up wide for a dental exam. Look for any obvious signs of dental pain like swollen gums, bleeding, or loose teeth. Make sure that there is no discoloration on the gums or an influx of mucous.