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Jax our Hav Boy just turned 6 months old. He has lost some baby teeth, however his upper and lower adult canines are coming in on the inside of the baby canines. Is this normal? Will the baby canines eventually fall out? They don't seem very loose..

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It is "normal" in that it is common. It's not "normal" in that it's not supposed to work that way.

Retained canines are the most common retained teeth. At your pup's age, I wouldn't worry YET, though I would talk to the vet about it... especially if it looks like it is affecting his bite. Often the retained teeth will fall out on their own, even after the adult teeth have erupted. Other times, they need some help.

Panda's top puppy canines were actually wiggly, then, as the adult teeth erupted and took up room, there was no longer any space for them to wiggle. When she was approaching 7 months, the vet suggested I make an appointment to have them pulled. Two days before the appointment, she lost one! The vet and I agreed to reschedule for a couple more weeks to see if the other one would follow suit. Again, this time the DAY before her appointment, the other one fell out. LOL! So I'd suggest talking to the vet, and perhaps making an appointment, just so "Murphy's Law" kicks in and the teeth fall out! LOL!


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I did speak to the vet, and was told to wait as long as 8 months and monitor the teeth. Then bring Jax back in to have any remaining teeth pulled. I was just wondering if this has happened to many other members pups or if this is rare. I also considered that the baby teeth may be still there because he was a runt. You may recall that I posted he was really small for this age a few months ago. When we brought Jax home he was just over 3 pounds at 14 weeks. he is now 6 3/4 pounds at 6 months.

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Bingo had two canines in while the baby teeth were still present. One fell out at about 7 months, the other at 11 months. He gets raw bones with his meals, larger recreational bones, bully sticks, antlers and Himalyian bones everyday and my feeling is that this helps greatly with shedding stubborn baby teeth.

Retained baby teeth is very common in Chihuahuas. Years ago i had one tiny Chi that lived till 18 yrs with many baby teeth intact. It literally looked like two rows of teeth in most of his mouth. While in my care he was raw fed and the condition of his teeth improved markedly, but the baby teeth never came out. As long as he was eating without obvious difficulty, I left him that way, as I am an advocate for minimal intervention unless absolutely necessary. He lived a long and healthy life and never stopped crunching on bones!


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I did speak to the vet, and was told to wait as long as 8 months and monitor the teeth. Then bring Jax back in to have any remaining teeth pulled. I was just wondering if this has happened to many other members pups or if this is rare. I also considered that the baby teeth may be still there because he was a runt. You may recall that I posted he was really small for this age a few months ago. When we brought Jax home he was just over 3 pounds at 14 weeks. he is now 6 3/4 pounds at 6 months.

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Panda isn't small (she's sort of average... 10", 12 lbs) and she kept hers for quite a while, as I said. Your vet and mine weren't that far off with their advice.


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Itís common enough that our vet said he recommends waiting closer to 8 months to neuter for breeds with tendency towards retention. He often takes care of it under the same anesthesia. I didnít want to wait, though, and he didnít retain baby teeth.
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Itís common enough that our vet said he recommends waiting closer to 8 months to neuter for breeds with tendency towards retention. He often takes care of it under the same anesthesia. I didnít want to wait, though, and he didnít retain baby teeth.
The flip side of that is that many vets now feel that it is healthier to wait until a dog is fully mature before spay/neuter, as long as the owners are responsible enough to keep their animals from procreating. I knew Panda was not going to be spayed in any time frame where doing teeth along with her spay would have worked. So if she hadn't lost the extras (she did) I would have done the extraction and STILL waited to spay her.
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I groom a morki-poo (I mean itís really getting ridiculous the whole mix thing) but her retained teeth came out at 13 mo. I tell my clients to give it some time. I didnít know chiís were prone to it. Always good to add knowledge.


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I groom a morki-poo (I mean itís really getting ridiculous the whole mix thing) but her retained teeth came out at 13 mo. I tell my clients to give it some time. I didnít know chiís were prone to it. Always good to add knowledge.


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It makes a big difference whether or not it is affecting the dog's bite. If it is, something needs to be done sooner. If not, it's safe to wait longer. And that's something that needs to be discussed with a vet, who can monitor the mouth and see what's happening. Certainly, a "Morkie-Poo" is never going to be in the show ring, so baby teeth causing the adult teeth to come in crooked isn't an issue. However, if the baby teeth were causing serious enough crowding, it COULD mean that "Morkie-Poo" (that has at least two breeds in its background known for problems with dentition) would be needing extractions of adult teeth by the time they were 5 or six... something that even pet-only owners would do well to think about.


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