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post #1 of 78 (permalink) Old 06-29-2007, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy parrot mouth?

Anyone familiar with this [it's a severe overbite]?

Turns out the 'slight overbite' Winston has might actually be 'severe' and I'm a little freaked out. We had our 1st vet visit.

I won't know until he's 4 or 5 months.

I'm so frustrated right now.

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Trish,
oh no Is there anyway it would correct itself. I didn't notice anything from the photos you posted.

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Well..

the breeder hoped it would [and the vet who evaluated them at 7 wks.]. that's why he didn't go to the show buyer though, the breeder & buyer couldn't take the risk. But she thought it was mild and could correct itself. And I frankly didn't even think about it [I was concerned with all the testing; soaping, etc...]

My vet said it is too severe to correct itself. Parrot mouth is a severe overbite...the problem could be if his lower canines dig into the roof of his mouth. Then you either have to pull them [their tongue will hang out like chinese crested dogs] or have more expensive possibilities like filing and capping or even possibly moving the jaw!

Now he has no trouble eating at all so my gut says mild...but yikes...

My vet works with 2 havanese breeders so I feel really good about her [she was Quincy's vet]. She thought he looked great [except for the bite]. She hasn't seen parrot mouth in havanese but has in german shepards.

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Thats infortunate! Hopefully it will be ok?

What does it look like though? Before your vet visit could you tell his bite looked odd? Or only now that you know, does it look odd? Or can u even tell? I'm always wondering to myself if anything about Beamer is off... but how would i know?? I'm going to ask the vet a the next visit to comment on all these things..
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Sorry to hear that Trish....I've never even heard of it! I'm gonna believe it will be ok!!
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Goodness Trish......you are having a long run of bad luck!You poor thing!That is usually my luck(none).I have never heard of such a thing before.......I'm sorry.I guess you will have to evaluate what your vet says and the breeder etc.and go from there.Is the breeder willing to trade you pups or take him back?Perhaps help pay for whatever he may need in the future?

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Have you talked to your breeder?

I sincerely hope little Winston will be ok.
His pictures look great! Is it that noticiable? Will it, can it, hinder him as he grows?

Sounds as though it could become serious.

I truly hope and pray for the best for this little guy.
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Oh Trish,

I hope the overbite will correct at least enough that Winston won't need any special treatment for it!

Our Pepper has an underbite that's very obvious. Sometimes he looks like a little werewolf with those teeth sticking out like they do.

We'll be keeping our fingers crossed that Winston's overbite self-corrects.

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Don't worry to quickly.
Just give it some time until he has his adult teeth and his head is completely develop.
I have seen it correct its self lots of time but never have seen an overbite correct its self.

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