pulling puppy teeth ??
by Judy Rozsas
first time at Brennan Lk Nanaimo BC
I'm interested in some info regarding pulling puppy teeth while under sedation for spaying.I called the vet for information about getting Angel(featured on site) spayed and asked for their opinion as to the age a rottie puppy should be before spaying.
She said after the puppy teeth fall out or they would have to remove them during the procedure as they may not abstract on their own. I have never heard of this and wondered what your opinion is on this. Angel is 17 weeks old now and we know for sure we will not breed her. Also,at what age do they usually lose all their teeth.
Thanks in advance for your response..Judy
To be honest, this isn't something I've ever come across either. I know that very occasionally a pup won't lose all their teeth and if that causes problems then they need to be extracted by a vet, but it's never happened to any of my dogs or puppies so I have no personal experience with it.
It's certainly not something that is 'run of the mill', or very common.
As for having Angel spayed, generally it's recommended that you have a pup spayed or neutered before they're 6 months old. This conveys the maximum health benefits. A female will usually come into her first season somewhere between 6 and 8 months of age, and if possible you should have her altered before then.
Generally a pup will lose their upper canines (the 'fangs') last of all, and that happens at around 6 months of age. So it's pretty much on par with the time recommended for spaying. However, even if Angel has some baby teeth left at that point, unless they are causing pain or interfering with the growth of her adult teeth I would be tempted to wait a bit and see if nature takes it's course. But that's a personal opinion only.
At 17 weeks you have a little while before you have to come to that decision so I'd wait a little bit and then talk it over with your vet again. You can always ask for a second opinion if it will help you make a decision.
Hope this helps, best of luck.