Enamel Damage (Enamel Hypoplasia)
Some dogs will have damage to the enamel covering of their teeth. This may be developmental, or may be associated with disease, such as distemper or other diseases that cause fevers when a pup's teeth are still growing.
The teeth will show areas of discoloration, often in a band.
The enamel covering the teeth may also be damaged from chewing on metal fences or crate wires and even from chewing on abrasive material, such as tennis ball coverings - over a long term.
Diagnosis is made by physical examination.
Normally, some enamel loss is not a problem. If your dog is experiencing problems due to the enamel loss, it can be restored with ceramics.
Prohibit your dog from chewing on solid objects such as rocks, metal, fencing, and any other material that can be harmful to the teeth.
Please contact your veterinarian if you have questions regarding this condition.
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