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Question Pup's bite, having baby teeth pulled?

We took Molly to the vet last week for her 3 month shots. The vet said she looks to be in good shape but she did have some concerns about her bite.
She said her lower jaw looks like it it's too narrow right now and the bottom fangs have created a bit of a hollow area in her top gums. She told us things don't always grow at the same rates, some parts go through growth spurts, it's not always a smooth process.

She said there's a slim chance the bottom jaw could be trapped from growing (forward) properly with the fangs of the bottom teeth being caught in the hollow of the top gum. She told us she coud remove the bottom fangs and roots but it's something that really should be done by a 'specialist', the estimate to have that done was in the area of $1,000.

Our breeder told us when she was checked by her vet at 8 weeks there was no problems with the bite and there's nothing to worry about since the fangs will be falling out in the next few weeks anyhow.

Here's a picture, has anyone ever heard of this before? Does having baby teeth removed at 3 months old really make sense?
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I have never seen that, but I would go to a specialist to at least get a second opinion. The canines are the last to come out but they'll be out before she turns 5 months.


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Her bite looks normal to me... that is a really odd recommendation...

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her bite looks normal to me but if you have concerns I would go to a veterinary dentist... I would NOT allow your regular vet to touch those teeth.... and I wouild talk to your breeder and get their thoughts...

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her bite looks normal to me but if you have concerns I would go to a veterinary dentist... I would NOT allow your regular vet to touch those teeth.... and I wouild talk to your breeder and get their thoughts...

Isn't it odd that there's an indent in the upper gums though?


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Never mind, Molly has a slight indent there too.. Just not like the photo.


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yeah the indent is there because the teeth fit into the indent ... not the teeth made the indent...

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Could some board members with puppies this age post pics of your puppies teeth similar to this pic?

I am no breeder, nor am I a vet, however, I would not have those teeth pulled. Puppies are growing quickly, everything in their body will shift, change, move, in the end when they are adults they will be fine.

If you are concerned, I agree with finding a specialist for another opinion, and talking to your breeder.

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Just to clarify, we sent that pic to the breeder we got her from (Allsgold) who doesn't think there's a problem.
I'm taking her to another vet tomorrow for a 2nd opinion.

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Since I show and breed my dogs, bites are important. When I first stressed about my Cookie's bite, a collie breeder reminded me that the lower jaw grows more slowly. Another breeder said she never looks at the bite until all of the teeth are in..... This is being judged on deciduous(baby teeth). I would give it more time... I have a client with another breed where it was recommended to pull the "baby teeth"(incisors). Well it was done, and the dog ended up,with a wry jaw...

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