Double teeth in dogs
During the first year of life, the puppy’s baby teeth are completely replaced by permanent ones. Usually a dog has an “adult” set of teeth by the age of 7 months. But sometimes – most often in small dogs – permanent teeth grow, and milk … remain in place. Do not drop out, as expected. It turns out that the dog’s teeth grow in two rows. Why is this happening and how to deal with the situation?
In dogs of small breeds, due to their size, development during adulthood often occurs spasmodically. It often happens that molars grow before the milk can swing and fall out. They are tight to the milk and form the so-called “double tooth”. Most often this happens when fangs grow.
As a result, many medium-sized dogs enter adulthood with a double set of some teeth. This feature gives dogs some discomfort and can negatively affect the formation of bite.
Double teeth in dogs
What happens to a baby tooth when a permanent grows?
As the permanent tooth grows, the root base of the milk tooth dissolves. The tooth remains to “hang” in the gum, tightly pressed by a permanent tooth, and is in no hurry to fall out. The dog in such cases is uncomfortable. She is uncomfortable using her teeth, she begins to take care of her jaw or, on the contrary, tries to gnaw everything around to get rid of unpleasant sensations.
The dog needs help in this situation. How to do it?
What to do if a dog has a double tooth?
We swing milk teeth by hand.
If you have a trusting relationship with a dog, you can very carefully shake your milk teeth with your fingers very carefully every day. It is important to do this gently, without hurting the dog and not holding it if it breaks out. Over time, this procedure will help the milk tooth fall out, making room for the full development of molars.
We use special dental toys and high-quality dry food.
Be sure to purchase special dental toys for your dog. Such toys are made of safe rubberized material: children’s teethers are made of it. While the dog will gnaw the toy, it will act on the gums and the tooth and swing it. Balanced, dry feeds work similarly. The main thing is to choose the food that suits your pet, including the size of the granules.
We turn to a specialist.
It happens that milk teeth sit very tight and do not lend themselves to swaying. Or the dog already has pain in connection with double teeth, and it does not allow them to touch. Or while not trusting the owner enough …
In such cases, the pet must be shown to the doctor. He will either tell you how to alleviate the condition and accelerate the natural loss of a milk tooth, or appoint and perform an operation to remove it.
It is necessary to remove milk teeth so that they do not interfere with the formation of the correct bite and do not impair the well-being of the dog. Do not worry, a good specialist will carry out the procedure as carefully and safely as possible for your pet.
Take care of your pets, and let them grow healthy and beautiful!