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    Question To remove baby teeth or not??

    Missy our 5 month GL is due for desexing on Tuesday. I had noted that her baby incisors were sitting beside her new teeth and hubby and I wondered if they should be removed when she was desexed. We laughed and wondered how much that would cost! Got home and there was the preparation note from the Vet explaining costs etc and yep there it was X$ to remove impacted baby teeth! (obviously they do need to be paid)
    My question is--what is the general feeling of others--do you really think it is necessary or will the teeth come out on their own anyway? What are your thoughts please. Heather

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    I have no clue, i would assume, if they aren't bothering her or causing her pain, don't worry about it...they might fall out in due time!

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    I personally would just leave em...they wont stay in there lol

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    I would ask your vet. Baby teeth that are rooted in too hard can cause the adult teeth to grow through incorrectly.
    In some cases they just fall out, but quite often they will need to be pulled. If the pup is going under anesthetic anyway I would just have them pulled, once the pup wakes up it won't even notice. The biggest cost in getting teeth pulled is the cost of anesthetic, not the actual pulling of the teeth as well.

    I had to have one of my pups teeth pulled and it was $120 and then $10 for each additional tooth that needed pulling (fortunately he just needed the one pulled). So the actual dental work only cost $10.

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    if they are impacted then they need removal, they can cause the adult teeth to grow unevenly. This is why I actually encourage puppies to chew on things like lamb flaps, chicken carcasses etc, never had to have a tooth removed in any dog.

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    Same as Nekhbet,,,,it is also why we encourage bone chewing. But impacted teeth can be a real problem
    Pets are forever

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    I have an older girl with one misplaced canine due to a slow baby tooth. It is set further back than it should be.

    Don't know really how much it affects her on a daily basis. But it has to be manually cleaned frequently and she needs longer to eat her food than the others, especially her meat and bones.

    The slow eating may be just her, but I wonder. And I watch any puppy teeth closely and won't hesitate to have them pulled if they seem to be obstucting adult teeth.

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    in some breeds it can lead to rubbing of other teeth. My bordeaux's canines were crooked - on each side they rubbed each other to the point of one side had half width canines, on the other side one created a hole in his gum (it was long term, not raw just grew like that) I had vets check him over, nothing was sore or infected just crooked and damaged. Long term it would have warranted canine removal if they worn more.

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    What is impacted?

    Clearly I didnt read...I thought we were just talking about regular baby teeth LOL

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    Thank you all for your great responses. I have tonight checked the teeth whilst she was laying on her back asleep. Quite ungainly with top lip flapping back allowing full access to teeth. I am inclined to take the "remove them now" advice as having anaesthetic anyway! At $8 a tooth it's not the money more the is it necessary. I suppose it is the old adage of better out than in! Her gums are looking pretty full on with both teeth trying to fill the same area. She is a great chewer, so it has not been for the lack of chewing--she certainly has not been short of chewing material!
    (having just spent $1500 on Botox treatment for headaches today (which may or may not work and is not claimable)--an extra $16 for my baby is pocket money!Missy running.jpg

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