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Are Retained Deciduous Teeth Painful and Cause Problems For Your Pet?
September 26, 2017
Here is everything you need to know about deciduous teeth.
Have you ever looked in your new little puppy’s mouth? Today is the day to take a peak.
Retained deciduous(Baby) teeth is a real problem in certain breeds. A retained baby tooth occurs when the baby tooth root does not resorb as they are supposed to. As the adult teeth are starting to grow, they become crowded and can cause problems if not treated properly.
Which teeth are commonly seen retained?
Upper and lower canine teeth
Who are most susceptible?
Small breed dogs
Brachiocephalic breeds (pushed-in faces)
Did you know?
Puppies first grow 28 deciduous(baby) teeth. And as they get older, at about 4 months, they start growing their permanent teeth, all 42 of them should be in by 6-7 months.
What problems do they cause?
Food and debris accumulation
Gingivitis and periodontal disease
Wearing of the enamel
Weakening of the teeth
Abnormal growth and development
Treatment for retained deciduous teeth
Extraction under general anesthetic is treatment of choice.
Early extraction to allow proper positioning of the adult teeth.
Talk to your veterinarian to determine the appropriate time of extraction for your case.
Some may wait until their spay/neuter anesthetic.
Little Miss Livy’s story
As our Manager’s new little puppy, Little Miss Livy has the big responsibility of being the Moncton Animal Hospital greeter. Barking at the sound of the front doorbell every time a client comes in.
But what’s really important about our Little Miss Livy, is that her two upper canine teeth were retained and causing crowding of her adult teeth. As we checked every day for mobility in those deciduous teeth, the doctor made the decision to extract those baby teeth during her spay anesthetic. Little Miss Livy now has beautiful permanent teeth growing in, healthy and strong.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
We are allowing 1 client per pet into the hospital (up to a maximum of 3 clients in our hospital at one time). When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital for an examination.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own. While in the exam room please minimize contact and be mindful of physical distancing in the confined space.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!