Petriage Clinical Insights

IMPORTANT: This article, which is provided for educational purposes only, is based on published veterinary data and decades of work with pets and pet parents. The information provided here is not designed to be comprehensive but to help you avoid the pitfalls of online misinformation and most importantly, to frame the conversation you should have with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian’s perspective may differ from what is expressed here. Always consult with your veterinarian.

Broken Tooth

Broken teeth are usually the result of trauma, often from a fall or impact, or from chewing on rocks or hard toys. If left untreated, infection may develop and could require tooth extraction. However, depending on the tooth and fracture type, your vet may suggest no additional treatment.


  • Look for the following signs of a broken tooth: excessive drooling, painful mouth, difficulty eating or bad breath. 


  • Young puppies and kittens sometimes have loose or broken deciduous teeth (baby teeth). This is usually normal and not concerning. Mention it to your vet during your routine puppy/kitten visit.
  • Your pet may have a broken tooth without any of the usual signs. Consult with your vet if you suspect a broken tooth.