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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-07-2010, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone --

Well, we took Snoopy in for his first vet visit last week and for the most part he came through with flying colors. The one area of concern was with his bite. evidently his Canine Incisors are 'Medial' - which means his baby teeth are basically located where his adult canines would come in. I knew about this before I agreed to purchase him and am still very happy with the little guy.

Here's the rub -- My vet spoke with a vet dentist (I swear I didn't know such a person even existed!!) anyway, a picture of Snoops and a phone conversation between the two vets have me considering (strongly) their recommendation to put the SnoopDog under and pulling the two Canines to allow the adults to come in in the proper location. I'm good with that, as long as that's what I get - I'm not so good with that if it's being recommended by an "overabundance of caution" and no certainty of success.

My vet also offered to neuter him at the same time -- it's important to know that the offer was conditioned with a "I really don't want to, but it's an option I'll entertain for you as long as he's under already".....

What's the thinking with the members here. Should I go through with the pulling or 'Wait and see' how the adult teeth come in. Snoops is 4 months old. I think he's too young for neutering -- but can be convinced otherwise if there's a compelling reason.

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Yogi's adult fang teeth on top, came in right beside her baby fang teeth. When she was spayed at 6 months, they just removed the baby fangs at that time.

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Same story as Yogi. Marlowe had double fangs when he went in for the neuter at 7.5 months and they were pulled. His bite looks great now.
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Egads... The vet did a good job wigging you out. There was a thread about neutering just this week and I think they talked about the teeth thing, too.

We just had our cat (I know, I know, different species) neutered last month. Right on the permission form was a section asking permission to pull any remaining baby teeth.

I don't think 4 mos is too young (?), especially if he has to go under for his teeth. We are so used to the 6 month rule. I was shocked when we adopted Nessie from the Aussie Rescue. She was only 12 weeks and they had already spayed her. She was fine. Super-fast recovery.

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People are going to tell you that 4 months is too young to be neutered.
However, we have had 2 different dogs neutered at 4 months and they are healthy adults, ages 6 and 8.

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Yes it is absolutely fine to have his baby canines pulled at the same time as his neuter. Just schedule it to be done in the next few weeks and you will be fine---


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I agree with you 4 months is way too young. Even 6 months is still young because they aren't done growing. When puppies are spayed/neutered early it cuts off the hormones that tell the bones to stop growing. 8-12 months for optimal health.



Here is a video that address the other effects early spaying/neutering has on pets:
http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...aspx?aid=CD945
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Why the big push I wonder? We had a similar situation as others - Kipling had his baby canine's pulled as part of his neuter at 6 months...is there some reason the vet is pushing for it 2 months earlier than that?

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Why the big push I wonder? We had a similar situation as others - Kipling had his baby canine's pulled as part of his neuter at 6 months...is there some reason the vet is pushing for it 2 months earlier than that?
No, not really a big push at all -- the vet just offered to do the neutering now, because the SnoopDog was going to be under anyway for his teeth. My real concern was whether to go for the dental work at all, or take my chances that the adult teeth come in in the right place - because if they come in in the wrong place then we have a 'real' mess on our hands.

After careful consideration I'm not going to have him neutered yet. We'll wait till he's 8 - 10 months old. Which means that I'll go ahead and probably have the dental work done on Monday as scheduled.

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If his testicles have decended already, then you can neuter him now--that is the only consideration. You should be able to feel the two in the sack.
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