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Old 01-03-2013, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Leila's home but I have a question

She's doing fine after her spay, two teeth extraction & microchip. They had called me earlier and said she had 2 retained canines and asked for my approval to extract them. When I picked her up a little while ago, they showed me the sutures in her gums. As I was driving home, a thought hit me. I'm not totally sure, but she had empty places there or near there a few weeks ago and the next time I looked, new teeth were already there. Do the vets know for sure what's a baby tooth vs an adult tooth? I would hate it if they thought they were baby teeth and removed adult ones.


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Old 01-03-2013, 06:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm glad she's back home and doing better. Why don't you go back and asks them just to make sure.


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Old 01-03-2013, 06:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think they can tell they are retained baby teeth because the adult teeth come in right next to them or behind them.
Daisy had a few pulled, and it was like she had two teeth in each spot - one in front of the other. They pulled the baby ones so that her mouth would not be crowded.
I would call and ask, just for your own peace of mind.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm sorry I can't answer your question but I just had to respond because your question sounds so much like something I would say and worry about. My family always says I worry too much but I think when I worry about something, it's because I feel I have good reason to worry. So glad to see someone else like me.
I'm very happy Leila is doing good and back home with Mommy.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You would hope they know the difference. So she has no teeth in those spots now? I thought they could be 2 teeth (baby/adult) together or a baby tooth blocking the adult tooth from conning in. Hopefully it was another place in her mouth you are thinking of.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I will call them in the morning. While I was there, I was just so glad to hold her and trying to remember everything they were telling me that it didn't even enter my head about it while I was there. No, there's nothing there. That's why they had to use stitches.


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Old 01-03-2013, 07:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm so glad all went well
Hope for a speedy recovery
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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glad it went well! You can sometimes tell by the appearance of the tooth. Some vets do, however, do an oral x-ray to make sure if there is an adult tooth present in the gum prior to extraction. It may also just take time for the adult tooth to erupt.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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When Dewey was neutered there also was some baby teeth still there with no adult teeth coming in yet. I called Dewey's breeder and she told me that they could be losing baby teeth and getting adult teeth from 5 to 8 months of age. Dewey was 6 months old when he was neutered. She also told me that it's not unusual for Maltese to have missing teeth. Laurel and Violet both are missing a tooth. So glad that Leila's home and doing well.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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It is strange that she had stitches....I would definately call them first thing in the morning and find out....please keep us posted!
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