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My dog is digging at his teeth why

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my dog is digging at his teeth why
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  DrMelJ replied 2 years ago.
Hi there. Thanks for the question. Let me see if i can help. Is this a new behavior? Any recent history of eating something he shouldnt? Any vomiting or inappetance?
Expert:  DrMelJ replied 2 years ago.
The most likely explanation is that this is a sign of oral pain. It could be pain from one tooth or multiple teeth/his gums. Do the gums look reddened and inflammed? Does he have bad breath? These things might indicate that he needs a dental.Another possibility includes a foreign body or injury in the mouth- does he chew on bones or hard toys? Bite at his kennel? if he will let you, check for any cuts or injuries in the mouth. Or look for string or a piece of bone or rawhide(if he chews on such things) stuck between teeth.Finally, in some cases, it can be a sign of nausea. Especially if you are seeing the pawing in association with obsessive licking or salivating or decreased appetite. This could indicate low grade pancreatitis or an infection. if you think it sounds like he might be nauseous, then you should schedule an appointment with your vet to look into it.I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Expert:  DrMelJ replied 2 years ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?