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Retained baby teeth




Condition Overview

Normally, the roots of the baby teeth are reabsorbed as the adult teeth take their place. Toy breeds in particular, tend to retain baby teeth as their adult teeth erupt.


When this fails to happen, you will see what appears to be a double set of teeth. The adult teeth are then pushed out of line, producing a malocclusion or bad bite.


Baby teeth fail to fall out.


Diagnosis is made by physical examination of the mouth.


Puppies 3 - 4 months of age should be checked from time to time to see that their adult teeth are coming in normally. Whenever baby teeth interfere with adult teeth, the baby should teeth should be pulled. if this is done by 4 - 5 months of age, the bite should correct spontaneously.


Regularly checking puppy teeth at 3 - 4 months of age is the best prevention.


Please contact your veterinarian if you have questions regarding this condition.

Show Sources & Contributors +


Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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