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    Thought I'd share a little story about my dog who had braces

    A little under four years ago, my puppy, Aggie, was finally old enough for me to pick her up and take my little 8 week old bundle of joy home. As we played with the pups, the breeder and I were chatting away. I asked if all the pups had homes. She said all but one, before explaining that one had a fault that meant her vet recommended the pup be euthanised, she didn't want to do that so she whisked the poor pup home and wasn't sure what she was going to do with him. I said I would give him a loving home alongside the puppy I planned to purchase. The dynamic duo was born. And with that Bear joined Aggie and our family. Raising two pups together was a challenge, but they have both turned out beautifully well behaved and have the most delightful temperaments.

    We took them to our vet the day after and got their advice on Bear. Bear's bottom jaw is too short and his bottom canines were situated in the wrong place, which means that his bottom teeth dug into his pallate causing painful wounds. Unable to shut his mouth without causing pain, he couldn't eat properly, chew properly and he was generally miserable poor baby. The vet said that they would remove the bottom canines that were causing the trouble, but couldn't do the same to his adult teeth as it would weaken the jaw too much.

    We were reffered to a specialist dog dentist who presented the option of braces. Using a plate and braces, they would gently tip the canines away from the pallate in such a way so that they would lock in a place so that he could use his mouth properly and be free of pain. We decided to go with the braces. He went into surgery and a few hours later he came out with braces. Regular checkups were booked to track the progress he was making. A few months later, he had the braces removed and he was fit as a fiddle. The treatment went perfectly and he's now a happy, healthy dog.
    Last edited by MillieMoo; 05-10-2011 at 12:23 PM.

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    I'd love to see pics

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    I'd love to see photos too!

    Whoops, the photos are in another thread: http://www.dogforum.com.au/my-dog-ph...tml#post124216

    Gorgeous pups

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    I'd love to see photos too!

    Whoops, the photos are in another thread: http://www.dogforum.com.au/my-dog-ph...tml#post124216

    Gorgeous pups
    Thanks for linking to the photo thread

    Hehe thankyou!

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    They are so sweet :love:

    I want to see the braces too though LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    They are so sweet :love:

    I want to see the braces too though LOL
    Aw thankyou

    I really should've taken some photos of the braces when he had them XD I didn't even think of it at the time

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    You are so kind to take on board another pup. I bet that was painful on your wallet but the love you will get back from him is priceless.

    What are your dogs like? Finnish Lapphunds are on my short list to be my 2nd dog. I have read up about them but need to start visiting ^_^

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    Wow, lovely story. I'd love to see pics of the mouth though and the braces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michelle89 View Post
    You are so kind to take on board another pup. I bet that was painful on your wallet but the love you will get back from him is priceless.

    What are your dogs like? Finnish Lapphunds are on my short list to be my 2nd dog. I have read up about them but need to start visiting ^_^
    He was definitely worth it, he's such a loving dog!

    They're both very sweet natured and friendly, Aggie is clever, very trainable, calm and willing to please. Whereas Bear is more dopey, he's more boisterous than Aggie and is still puppy-like even though they're both now four. He's not naughty, just kind of silly. He's definitely the clown of the two. They really adore their families, they thrive on love.

    EDIT: Oh and they both think kids are wonderful!
    Last edited by MillieMoo; 05-10-2011 at 03:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Wow, lovely story. I'd love to see pics of the mouth though and the braces.
    Darn, now I'm really wishing that I'd thought to take pictures when he had the braces, I could take some of his mouth as it is now if you'd like, but it doesn't look that unusual except his upper teeth protrude over his bottom lip when he has his mouth closed and his bottom canines lock a tooth in a different place to normal dogs.
    Last edited by MillieMoo; 05-10-2011 at 03:33 PM.

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