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Teeth Blob on puppy: What the heck is this? - photo

Puppy Tully just developed these huge grey blobs on his teeth. What the heck is this?? Hope for some quick help, because actually Tully is with my wife now in the car to our cabin out in the boonies. But she could stop at a vet at a town along way.

It sort of seems to be part of the gum? But not being more knowledgeable, we don't know if this could somehow be related to teething. He IS at the perfect age for teething (I think) at just over 5 months. 5months + 2 days. But this looks so weird that I'm not sure it has to do with teething at all -- perhaps he ate something sticky-hard that is now stuck to his canines? He has a nearly identical grey blob on the left side too: here is a photo taken this morning of the right side. You can see, I hope, only the very tip of the lower canines is visible and the blob also continues over to the first incisor. Looking at this photo is actually a much better view than brief glimpses trying to get him to hold lips down.

He had seen the vet just over a week ago, who did inspect his teeth and remarked that he still had his puppy teeth. We noticed this problem last night, and noticed a little bad breath just recently. My wife talked to vet this morn and he said that it COULD have to do with teething; but then shortly after that I have emailed him this same photo and am waiting a call back. I thought I'd go ahead and post this too, seeking advice, and for others curious.

The grey blob is sort of semi-soft -- not quite as soft as the gums? It was hard to poke much at it because he didn't like that, of course. The fact that it's nearly identical both sides has me wondering... is he losing those baby teeth canines and this is something normal with the gum tissue around it?

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Wow, not sure about that Jim. Never seen that before. I would be curious to know what it is. I have a 4 month old who will be losing teeth soon. Let us know what you find out.
Hope its not painful!

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Could it be hair wrapped around the teeth? My crew will occasionally get hair wrapped around their teeth from wrestling with each other. I knew it was hair, because it was black from my 2 black girls! And when I scraped it off, then I could really tell it was hair.
See if she can use her fingernail to scrape it off, you almost have to pull it up the tooth to get it off, because the hair is probably wrapped all around the tooth, and it can be pretty tight. And it prob stinks because food etc has gotten caught in it.
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yuck! It doesn't look like a growth but more like food or something. Did you try moving it with your fingers and seeing how Tully reacted?

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LOL!! Sorry Jim, but I had to laugh. It's Minka's hair, I'm sure. Piaget has a full set of "braces" every night that I have to remove from his lower teeth. Now that he is losing his baby teeth (and we're on the road away from the other girls), we've had two days of no "braces" - yea!

You can just grab it and pull it up. When it is tight around one tooth like that, you may need to use tweezers. Just be careful not to grab her gums.
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Really? That is hair??????


I would've thought it to be a growth on the gum It looks attached.

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Thanks! and feel free to laugh at his predicament, since we're newbies really. I'm going to give my wife a call on her cell phone, who has Tully in the car.

We poked at it some, but it's stuck on there pretty well; and he was resisting quite a lot to get poked at. Although we'll probably just have to insist. Tully is very touchy about a lot of things, unlike Minka, who's mostly extremely patient and uncomplaining.

Katie and Kimberly, you're probably right, because when I zoom in on this photo a lot further, on the original high-res photo (amazing, these digital photos)... it does almost sort of look like impacted hair. Minka's hair is white but probably has some dirt in the glob too. And one of Tully's favorite pastimes has always been latching onto Minka's coat; such as, throw the ball for her and Tully runs along trying to clamp onto some of her hair. Or during their daily wrestling. So, I guess he deserved it!

Haven't heard back from the vet yet. I'm not so sure I like his first reaction this morning? ...when told wife was leaving town for 2 weeks with the dogs (I'm joining her later), he just said, if it's still there then bring him in after that. Instead of saying, why don't you bring him over for a quick look before you leave town.
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Thank goodness if some of you think it's hair! It's pretty ICKY looking!!!!!
Poor Jim. I'd be freaking a little (a LOT) too!

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I'm sorry for the laughter, but Piaget's "braces" have been a source of gross amusement a lot lately (for the last two+ months). Even when we had the Havtahava Reunion at my house, I was telling Jeanne (Maddies Mom) and another woman about it, opened his mouth, and he already had a good set of hair started, which I promptly removed. It is difficult to pull off sometimes because those baby teeth have lots of snags on them (rough edges to catch the hair) and if the tooth is loose, it could be wound down near the root.

It is gross, but harmless.
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Jim, we are all laughing with you not at you. Cash had this too when he still had his puppy teeth it seemed like everything would get stuck in them and he always looked like he was foaming at the mouth--- it does go away when their adult teeth come in (or it least it did in Cash's case) Jasper didn't have that problem, but then he didn't have another dog to chew on,

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