I have a nearly 7 month old female min pin that is not shedding a few baby teeth. She came from a shady 'backyard breeder' who I had no intentions of buying from but knew she would die if I didnt buy her and get her medical help. I got her the medical attention she needed and end the end got a clean bill of health. I knew with her being so small (shes barely 3lbs @ 7mon) & having an underbite that she was going to be a little bit more of a burden on the bank account but I dont mind. My questions are though: Do dogs with underbites usually have a prob with the adult tooth making a hole in the bottom gum/lip? She has ulcers on both bottom gums/inside lips. Are these from the extra teeth irritating it or from the underbite or both? *FYI: I am calling the vet tomorrow morning and seeing what they say about what do about the hole, ulcers, and teeth removal when shes spayed, which will be asap. Here's a picture of her: http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/creativemisery/rubysmile.jpg
my lab had a few baby teeth that she did not lose. they were removed at the time of the spay, so yes get an appointment about this. oh, and my lab was from a very good breeder so sometimes things just happen. i really don't know about underbites and all that.
***Edited By: pearl on 3/27/2005 1:51:24 PM*** Reason: added
oh yikes! How do you know if they aren't losing their baby teeth? I am just curious,( i have just realized another thing i have no clue about!!!) When do puppies start and stop loing their baby teeth? on average?
When I had my Japanese Chin at the vets earlier this month, she mentioned that he still had 2 of his baby teeth, plus his adult teeth were in. Kind of like a shark. The vet pulled one of the baby teeth out, it was loose. She thinks the 2nd tooth will fall out on its own.
My dog has an underbite, but that is the norm for a Chin. Our Shih tzu also has an underbite, but again, it is the norm for that breed also.
I don't believe that an underbite is the norm for a Mini Pin though. She sure is cute.
Usually when its time to spay, which is now the vet will pull any puppy teeth that have not fallen out on their own. Extraction of teeth is extra. If she has teeth cutting into her mouth and they are permanant ones, they will more than likely file them down. I know a women with a standar poodle that had to have that done. Her teeth were digging into her mouth. So call your vet. Underbites are not normal for mini pins. Its best she gets spayed.
As said, it is very common in toy breeds so don't be alarmed. We just had 13 pulled from our male toy poodles mouth and we had it done at the same time as his neutering so he would only be put under once.
Your vet will be able to evaulate the bite for you. As long as the underbite isn't too severe, it should be fine. Sometimes it is hard for any breeder-even with parents that are fine and the baby teeth coming in perfect to tell the final bite. We had a female cairn that had the perfect bite when we bought her-we met her parents and her sister that we also have has a good bite-just not this one. She did lose her baby teeth and has an underbite, but is just fine.