Are dogs in pain after tooth extraction?

It’s normal for your dog to have pain at the extraction site for four or five days following the procedure. We will usually prescribe a post-surgery topical or oral pain reliever that will mitigate most of your dog’s discomfort.

Our veterinarians have compiled the top 5 questions about this canine dental procedure so you can decide what’s best for your dog.

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How to Care for Your Dog After Tooth Extraction

Your veterinarian will provide you with specific guidelines for what your pet can eat following tooth extraction surgery in order to prevent complications. They might also give you painkillers that you have to take.

Reasons Why Dogs Need Tooth Extractions

The number one reason why dogs need tooth extractions is periodontal disease. This condition is caused by a buildup of plaque and calculus (tartar) on the teeth and under the gumline, leading to destruction of the supporting tissues of the teeth, including bone, the periodontal ligament and attached gum tissues. When bacterial infections worsen, they may also extend into deeper tissues, causing painful abscesses.

The severity of the infection can worsen the longer a diseased tooth is left in the mouth. If the dental issue cannot be resolved, extraction will enhance the dental and general health of your dog. Your dog will be free of the infection and any pain from the infection following the removal of diseased teeth.

In addition to periodontal disease, your dog may require tooth extractions for a number of other reasons throughout their lifetime. Your dog might need to get a tooth pulled if:

  • The tooth is broken or chipped
  • An oral tumor has compromised the tooth
  • Fractures of the jaws
  • Certain orthodontic abnormalities causing painful contact between the teeth and other structures.
  • Abnormal tooth or jaw development
  • 7 Things You Can Do to Care for Your Dog After a Tooth Extraction

    The first time you bring Fido home, they’ll probably be a groggy mess. Bring them to their kennel or bed and give them as much time as they require to unwind.

    Regardless of their age, size, or breed, dogs are significantly impacted by anesthesia. Most dogs recover within a day or two. Others, however, might stay fatigued for up to 48 hours.

    Monitor your dog’s condition closely in the days following surgery. After a full day, if they are still immobile, think about asking your veterinarian for advice.

    Unfortunately, the pain doesn’t subside after waking up. After the procedure, your dog may experience pain for up to five days. This is completely normal. Even though it can be difficult to witness your dog’s suffering in silence, all you can do is be there for them and comfort them.

    Your dog might whimper in discomfort, sleep more often, or even refuse food. Just be patient.

    Most vets will prescribe some medications to alleviate pain. To administer any painkillers, adhere to the written instructions your veterinarian provided you with.

    Don’t assume that you can give a higher dose. Follow the prescription to a tee! Those medications are powerful.

    The same goes for antibiotics. Antibiotics will aid in lowering the possibility of infection at the surgical site. Make sure that you’re providing those medications.

    Following surgery, it’s typical for dogs to temporarily avoid food and water. After all, their pain is originating in their mouth. You must take all necessary steps to get your dog to eat.

    Avoid hard kibble for a bit. If you can, provide a soft mushy food. Do this, however, only if your dog is accustomed to eating it. You don’t want to introduce anything new that could result in digestive issues.

    Use warm water or gravy to soften their kibble to make it more palatable. When it is soft enough to be swallowed by your dog without chewing, mash it up with a fork.

    Ideal timing for your dog’s meal is a few hours after you return home. If they don’t, give your pooch some time. If 24 hours pass without them eating, consult your doctor.

    Once your dog’s fatigue wears off, they should regain their normal level of energy. This usually happens a couple of days after surgery.

    Although it’s wonderful to see your dog acting like their gregarious selves once more, try to limit physical activity. Light exercises and gentle play are fine. But until the examination, refrain from letting your dog engage in any physically demanding activities.

    After surgery, it’s not a good idea to continue prodding and probing your dog’s mouth. However, you can keep an eye on the situation by observing your dog’s mouth.

    Vets will use sutures to close the surgical site. They take several weeks to dissolve. Your dog may have blood around their food or in their mouth. This is normal.

    Contact your veterinarian if you notice any significant swelling or excessive drooling. It might indicate that there is a problem with the wound.


    How long does it take for a dog to recover from teeth removal?

    Following a Canine Dental Extraction, the majority of dogs require 48 to 72 hours to return to their pre-extraction activity level and appetite. However, recovery is not complete until the incision site is completely healed and the stitches are removed. This typically takes two weeks.

    How do I comfort my dog after tooth extraction?

    Rest. Ensure that your dog has a warm, cozy, safe, and welcoming space to rest in after his treatment. He’ll probably feel drowsy the first day after the extraction. It typically takes 12 to 24 hours for a dog to fully recover, so don’t be concerned if your dog appears exhausted or under the weather during this time.

    How do I know if my dog is in pain after dental surgery?

    Pain Medication for Dogs After Dental Surgery
    1. Whining or whimpering.
    2. Drooling.
    3. Pawing at the mouth.
    4. Refusal of food.
    5. Lethargy (moving slowly, sluggish)

    Do dogs feel better after tooth extraction?

    Your pup may be acting a little groggy or restless. The following day, however, he typically returns to acting normally or even better. For a few days, your dog will be taking an anti-inflammatory. We may also add a pain relief medication.