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Hi, Everyone:
We had little Jango neutered last week, and while he was under, the vet pulled six baby teeth (he had several adult teeth coming in, but the baby teeth weren't budging). He took several x-rays and referred us to a dental veterinarian, as he was concerned that a number of adult teeth were also far below the gum line and not even close to erupting. Today we had our consult with the specialist, and she said to bring him back in another 6 weeks to see if he is making progress with those teeth popping through; she wasn't too concerned about that, as he is still 6 months old. However...he has an underbite, and his top incisors are hitting on his bottom canines, and the top incisors are starting to be pushed out on an angle. She would like to pull those eventually, to prevent periodontal disease, but she wants to wait and see what's happening with the unerupted teeth first before she takes out the incisors.

Has anyone had any experience like this? I'm just so bummed out for our little dude...
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I don't have the exact same problem, but Loki has an overbite and a bit of a parrot mouth. His bottom jaw is narrow. His puppy bottom canines and pressing on and leaving indentations on the roof of his mouth. The canines are also catching on the top incisors which also seems to be inhibiting growth of the lower jaw. The bottom canines are being pulled Wednesday morning in hopes that the lower jaw (which grows slower than the upper anyway) will catch up at least to the point that the adult lower canines won't have to be pulled. Otherwise, it will be either braces or pull the adult canines. If we get to that, I will draw the line at braces and pull the canines. Loki is a pet, not a show dog, so he doesn't have to have a perfect mouth. He is only 14 weeks so we have some time before that decision will have to be made.

I know how you feel about being bummed for the little guys. We have already been through parvo so the dental issues seem no so bad.
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Bites definitely change as the puppy grows, and can improve (or get worse) with time. You are absolutely doing the right thing to keep an eye on it, but I also wouldn't worry over much yet. And remember, unless you planned to show him, a bad bite is FAR from the end of the world!

Panda has a good bite, and has all along. But she had two top canines that weren't budging. The vet told me I should make an appointment to have them removed and hope they fell out in the mean time. I made the appointment, and one fell out and the other was loose. Great! I cancelled the appointment. A month later, the remaining tooth was no longer loose. Not moving at all. The vet said to set the appointment back up again. I did, and in the intervening two weeks, the other one fell out too!

The vet just laughed when I called to tell her and cancel. She said that one of the best ways to get teeth to fall out is to set up an appointment to extract them!
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Molly has had one adult canine and one adult incisor removed. She has a very small mouth and had retained baby canines that did not help matters. She had two dental procedures since her spay. As much as I hated doing it I trusted that it was in her best interest for her dental health and comfort to do so. She came through all procedures just fine. Try not to worry if your baby ends up needing the extractions.
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Zoe had 7 retained baby teeth removed during her spay. No bite problems but she doesn't like them being brushed. It's a bit of a struggle.
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Thank you everyone for the great responses! We have him as a pet, not a show dog, so from that perspective I wasn't worried. Just feel bad for the little guy, realizing that at least a couple of teeth will need to pulled. Keeping my fingers crossed everything else comes in okay...

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Otherwise, it will be either braces or pull the adult canines. If we get to that, I will draw the line at braces and pull the canines. Loki is a pet, not a show dog, so he doesn't have to have a perfect mouth. .
And, to be honest, I think it is unethical to put braces on a show dog, or to breed a dog who would have, naturally, had a bad mouth. That's how the mouth problems in a breed are perpetuated.


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