Toothaches can be terrible. If your dog is experiencing this type of pain you may want to give them Orajel to ease their discomfort. Though the jury is still out on this one, since it’s not manufactured for dogs, many dog lovers claim that it offers some relief.
The argument given in favor of Orajel is that if your dog is in pain and Orajel can provide relief, even if temporary, then why not use it and make them feel better? Then there are those who would rather wait to take the dog to the vet, which you should do anyway, and not try any medications without a consultation first.
What is certain, however, is that Orajel is not harmful for dogs if used carefully and once in a while. Unless of course your dog ate a tube of it, in which case a trip to the vet would be in order, not to mention the fact that your dog would not have any sensation in their mouth at all.
Can I Give My Dog Orajel? Answer: As Needed
Dental care in dogs is important, more important than you as a dog owner may realize. You’d be surprised to know what trouble bad teeth can lead to in dogs. Tooth decay can lead to the build up of tartar and bad gums which then becomes a bed for bacteria to thrive.
This gets into the dog’s bloodstream and starts to affect the organs. It could cause serious illnesses like sepsis of the blood and heart problems. Older dogs are at a higher risk of developing such ailments.
Just like you need to visit the dentist regularly, your dog too needs to see the vet for dental health. It’s best to not let teeth trouble start, and this can only be done with preventive action. Ask your vet about brushing and looking after your dog’s teeth, like cleansing biscuits and the like.
Also, regular tartar cleaning will give your dog a long and healthy life. It’s a little bit of a pain to do this, since your dog will need to be anesthetized before the vet can perform the procedure on them, but it’s worth it. You’ll also need to fast your dog the night before the anesthesia, and this will be hard to do, especially when they expectantly come to their bowl for dinner.
Symptoms of a Dental Problem
You may not even realize that your dog is having tooth trouble. You’ll probably know if it gets really bad, and then you may try Orajel to make him feel temporarily better, but if it’s a mild problem which is in the early stages you may not know unless you’re looking for the signs. One of the symptoms is bad breath or halitosis.
Dogs’ mouths don’t have the best smell, but if it seems worse than normal, then you should get a check-up done. The other things to watch out for are difficulty in eating, inflammation of the gums, and excessive drooling. It helps to be vigilant about your dog’s dental condition.
Alternatives to Orajel
If you do not wish to apply Orajel to your dog’s gums to ease his pain, then you could try some other alternatives, like clove oil. This is something humans use as well and can be tried on dogs. If you have a puppy who is teething and seems uncomfortable, you should get some gum massagers or teething toys, like Chilly Bone that needs to be frozen and then given to the dog. They quite like to chew on this and would hopefully spare other stuff around the house from being gnawed on.
What you should never do, is use human toothpaste or try and clean the tartar yourself. The latter could prove harmful if some of the bacteria that gets released enters your dog’s blood stream.
Orajel contains benzocaine, which is an anesthetic that is commonly used by vets and, in fact, many dog owners keep it in the house as part of the first-aid-for-dogs kit. It’s used for non-serious problems like inflammation and mild skin diseases.
Verdict on Orajel
If your dog is in a lot of pain and you cannot get to a vet right away, a bit of Orajel will not harm them. This is only a temporary solution and not a cure. You need to get to the root of the problem and take your dog in for a dental check up as soon as possible.
You should be aware that Orajel was recalled last May. But, this was for babies, for whom Benzocaine was not recommended. An alternative to this is Orajel Naturals.