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WORMING & FLEA CONTROL
RETAINED PUPPY TEETH
By Dale McDonell @ Scallywag mini foxies.
With so many of you having young pups now and some being new to small dogs, it is time to remind you to start checking your pups mouth from 5 months of age to about 7 or 9 months.
Small breeds are notorious for retaining puppy teeth which leaves no room for the permanent teeth to erupt in the correct position. If new teeth are just starting to erupt and the puppy tooth nearest to it is not loose, then your vet needs to be asked to remove the puppy tooth/teeth ASAP.
The roots on the puppy canine teeth are amazingly long. Dogs secrete an enzyme at the root of the puppy teeth which dissolves the root of the baby teeth at the time the permanent teeth are coming through. In small breeds, some of this enzyme seems to go missing so the puppy teeth cannot fall out because the lower root area has not dissolved.
The new and old teeth share the same hole in the jaw bone, so removing the retained puppy teeth early allows the new teeth to move across in that socket and align correctly. The is my Pippa and luckily the new teeth found room to start erupting in the correct alignment. I took her to the vet immediately I spotted the problem but the vet sent her home to wait for three weeks to see if the retained teeth dropped out. I waited two weeks, got antsy about the situation and took her back to have the teeth extracted.