pulling puppy teeth ??

by Judy Rozsas
(Nanaimo BC.Canada)

first time at Brennan Lk Nanaimo BC

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

Hi 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.

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May 08, 2011

I didn’t think so
by: judy

Thanks for the feedback.I didn’t think this was necessary which is why I asked.She is my 3rd rottie and I never had a problem before with my others.Nobody I asked has encountered this sitation either. I do plan to wait a few more months and will definately get a second opinion.I also questioned whether it was a $$ grab.Thanks yet again to this site for coming through for me and Angel..mind you I was hoping to find one of her canines and make it into a pendant but this to me would be going to the extreme for me to have one..lol…

May 08, 2011

Puppy Teeth
by: Martha

Hi Judy,
When I took my Rottie pup to the vet to be spayed at 6 months of age, my vet’s office also asked if I wanted any puppy teeth extracted. I had never heard of this either. They said something about teeth becoming impacted or causing permanent teeth to come in crooked, etc, and wanted to charge about $15.00 per tooth, stating they’d only pull the baby teeth that were loose.
I have had many dogs over the years, and none of them ever had a problem with puppy teeth not falling out. All of their adult teeth came in fine. I’m not a vet, but this new practice sounds unnecessary to me, like they’re just trying to make some extra money.
I think mother nature does a good job deciding when a dog’s baby teeth will fall out. I didn’t have my dog’s teeth removed, and she’s now almost 2 and has a beautiful smile :o)

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