Puppy care: Retained deciduous teeth

Sometimes smaller breed dogs do not lose their baby teeth when the big ones come in, around 6 months of age. This results in 2 of the same tooth in one place – it most commonly happens with the canine teeth. Here’s what it looks like:

retained deciduous canine teeth in a puppyThis puppy (it is upside down) has retained canines on both the top and bottom. They are about to be extracted. This is usually done when the puppy is here for its spay or neuter surgery.

If the retained teeth are not removed, there will be a lot of tartar buildup which will lead to decay of both teeth. Food particles and hair get trapped between the teeth and the teeth and gums will become unhealthy very quickly. Save yourself a lot of trouble and have these retained teeth pulled!