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Thanks for your reply! I'm sorry about the diffculties your step-brother has had.
I thought I'd post an update in case anyone else has this problem and is looking for answers.
Today I spoke with the vet who examined her. Here is the deal: she does actually have two extra canines on the bottom-one on each side. It looks like one tooth split on each side because the teeth are so close together. She does not have any other defects or deformities. Because of these extra teeth, she would not be a candidate for breeding or for showing, neither of which we planned on doing anyway.
There is a chance that when these baby (deciduous) teeth fall out, she will grow in 2 adult canines in the same place. In the event that happens, she will have the extras extracted in order to minimize the chances of infection, periodontal disease, gum recession, etc.
The vet would like to spay her between 5-6 months and if the baby teeth are still in, remove them while she is under anesthesia. That will make it easier for her adult teeth to come in , as they won't be pushing out two teeth to come in. And then we will wait and see whether she gets two adult canines on the bottom, or 4, and we will proceed from there. We'll cross our fingers that just two come in, but overall, doesn't seem like its a huge deal if four come.
The vet said the condition is pretty rare in goldens, but that she sometimes sees it in smaller breeds. She didn't think it was extremely likely shed have the extras when the adult teeth come in. She recommended letting her play tug-of-war with ropes and such to help the baby teeth come out on time.
So not the end of the world. We have agreed upon conditions with the breeder and we are looking forward to bringing our sweet little puppy girl home soon.
L, wife of a soldier, mom to 4 humans, 2 felines, and 1 adorable puppy