Rottweiler with overbite - what's the remedy?
(Ft myers FL)
I just got an estimate from a vet for 2 visits and surgical procedures to put in bite protection.
Then to remove it and grind down her bottom canines in order to mitigate damage her overbite can cause.
Is there a better remedy?
First of all I have to remind you that I'm not a veterinarian, so anything I say here is just personal opinion!
However, if I were you, first of all I'd get at least a second opinion as to whether or not your pup actually needs any kind of 'orthodontic' work done because of her overbite.
To the best of my knowledge, you don't NEED to do anything to correct an overbite unless it's extremely severe, and causing her pain, difficulty eating and so on. And that very rarely happens.
Also, I'm assuming this is a pup and if so, the bite could well change as she matures, so any kind of action taken too early may not be needed at all, or not be enough, depending on the individual situation.
Rottweilers should have a 'scissor bite' and anything other than that is a cosmetic fault and a problem in a show pup, but in a pet it's no big deal. Also, you can't show a pup who's had a defect surgically corrected or whatever, so it would be unnecessary in that instance.
I would suggest that you talk to one, or maybe even two, other vets and ask them if any action is actually needed at this point, and also use your own common sense as to whether or not she is having any issues with this. You know your pup/dog best.
If she is indeed having problems, and the overbite is severe enough to warrant intervention, then a second (and even third) opinion is still advisable so that you can make a decision from a position of strength and are an informed 'parent'.
Hope this helps, best of luck with the situation.