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What is Loss of Teeth?

Your dog may be missing one or more teeth for multiple reasons. The tooth may never have formed, or while it is present below the gum line, it never came in. A tooth could also have been malformed. Should your dog experience periodontal disease, it can result in a tooth or teeth being extracted; he can also lose a tooth or teeth due to trauma. 

Dental care is necessary for your dog; in the case of periodontal disease for example, not only can it impact your dog’s teeth, but bacteria from the condition can work its way to other parts of his body, causing problems elsewhere.

Your dog may be missing one or more teeth as a result of the tooth or teeth not being formed, having formed improperly or having never come in; a tooth or teeth may also be missing due to periodontal disease or as a result of trauma.

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Symptoms of Loss of Teeth in Dogs

Your dog will show signs of possible periodontal disease. These include:

  • Bad breath
  • Redness or bleeding at the gum line
  • Drooling (sometimes with blood)
  • Trouble chewing, which can look like messy eating
  • Pawing at his mouth
  • Less or no appetite
  • Missing teeth (or teeth are loose)
  • Swelling in his face
  • Receding gums
  • Discharge from his nose

Should a tooth have not formed or grown in completely in your dog’s mouth, you may observe a space where the tooth would usually be. Should a tooth become loose or fall out as a result of trauma, you may notice bleeding at its location.

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A tooth may not have formed, or may have formed abnormally. In other cases, a tooth may be formed but not emerge past the gum line. Teeth may fall out or need to be removed as the result of periodontal disease or physical trauma.

Causes of Loss of Teeth in Dogs

Missing teeth can be caused by periodontal disease, which is inflammation of the structures that support that surround your dog’s teeth. It will occur when the gums become inflamed (also known as gingivitis) in conjunction with bone and tooth support structure inflammation (known as periodontitis). These two things will hinder the support system of your dog’s tooth and are the most likely cause of tooth loss in dogs, occurring in some fashion in over 85% of dogs that are more than four years old.

Bacteria will first form a plaque on your dog’s teeth. Over the course of days, the minerals that are in your dog’s saliva will connect with the plaque and tartar will develop. Tartar is a hard substance that will stick to your dog’s teeth. The bacteria will make their way under your dog’s gums, leading to the gums becoming inflamed. As the bacteria are under the gums they can start to destroy the tissue that surrounds and support your dog’s tooth. Since the bacteria can travel in your dog’s bloodstream to his heart, kidneys, and liver, periodontal disease can cause more than lost teeth.

A tooth may be missing due to it never forming, being malformed or having not grown in from the gum line. A tooth can also fall out as the result of trauma.

Diagnosis of Loss of Teeth in Dogs

In the case of trauma, the reason for the missing tooth or teeth will be easy to diagnose. Should you notice a missing tooth in your dog, or observe the symptoms of dental disease, you will want to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. 

Your veterinarian will conduct an examination of your dog’s mouth, looking for signs of gingivitis and the formation of tartar. As the majority of periodontal disease is present under his gums, the best way to determine the severity of your dog’s condition is for your veterinarian to conduct an examination while your dog is anesthetized. He can then use a dental probe to see the degree of loss of attachment around each tooth, as well as take x-rays to get an understanding of the bone loss that has occurred and whether there are abscesses or other issues.

Treatment of Loss of Teeth in Dogs

The treatment that your doctor recommends will depend on the cause of the missing tooth or teeth, or in the case of periodontal disease, will be to minimize the likelihood of teeth falling out or having to be removed. 

If the tooth is present, however, never came in and is found early in the dog’s life, your veterinarian may consider surgery of his gum to encourage the tooth to come in. If the dog is over one year of age and has a tooth that has not come in, your veterinarian may recommend extracting the unerupted tooth as it can lead to dentigerous cysts forming, which can grow large and result in damage to other teeth. Should a cyst form, surgery can be performed to remove the impacted tooth and cystic lining.

If your dog is experiencing mild periodontal disease where he has gingivitis but has not had bone loss, a thorough dental cleaning will be conducted that includes the area underneath the gum. This can help in resolving the problem. Should the disease be more severe and there be loss in the supporting structures, the condition cannot be resolved while the tooth is present. Therefore, your veterinarian may consider procedures to slow the disease, like applying antibiotics beneath the gums, root planing, a root canal or extracting the tooth.

Recovery of Loss of Teeth in Dogs

To avoid periodontal disease being an ongoing issue, you can brush your dog’s teeth daily in order to eliminate plaque before it turns to tartar and take him to the veterinarian for regular cleanings. Depending on the severity of disease, some dogs may need a dental cleaning every four months. There are also special rinses and foods that can help the health of your dog’s teeth and gums.

Should your dog be over a year old and require surgery for an impacted tooth, he should make a full recovery. Your veterinarian may request a follow up appointment after extracting the tooth to confirm he is healing.

Loss of Teeth Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Yorkshire Terrier
5 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Gingivitis
gingivitis, plaque, etc.

I was given an almost-6-yr-old tiny Yorkie four days ago. I noticed an odd little thing she did with her mouth, and a quick look at her back teeth made it clear she needed a dentistry. Last night I took her to the vet's for a dentistry today. The vet pointed out her receding gums, and indicated that ALL her teeth would need extracting! My question is, in your experience, how well do dogs do with NO teeth??? I'm really worried!!!

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Buddy
Yorkshire Terrier
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Missing teeth and bad breath.

My 10mo yorkie is missing a couple teeth on bottom and has very bad breath. What should I do? He eats his food just fine.i don't see plaque buildup anywhere and I give him dental mint bones.

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jok
small
8 Years
Fair condition
4 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

i have a very small dog about 8 years old and a few of his teeth are starting to fall out, what could possibly be the reason for that ?

my other email address is [email protected]

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is quite common for smaller breed dogs to have problems with dental tartar and periodontal disease. If he has not had a dental cleaning, his teeth may be falling out due to dental disease. It would be best to book an appointment with your veterinarian, and they can assess his mouth and overall health and let you know if that is the case and what the best course of action is. Dental health is related to overall health, and bacteria in the mouth can affect the heart, liver and kidneys, so it would be better to have Jok seen sooner vs. later. I hope that everything goes well for him!

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cooper
lab
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lost canine tooth

We have a lab/shepherd mix. Cooper weighs about 84 pounds and is about 9 years old. My son was petting him and noticed a large canine tooth in his bed. just laying there. It is huge and we dont know what happened. He was in a fight 2 weeks ago with another dog but dont know if that has anything to do with it. What should we do if anything??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should ensure that Cooper is still eating and drinking with no pain from the loss of the tooth; however you should visit your Veterinarian to ensure that the whole tooth has come out and that there isn’t a part of the root remaining, also your Veterinarian will check for any underlying issues which may cause tooth loss and may perform a dental x-ray to look for loss of jawbone. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sassy
Poodle
8 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath

I have an 8 Year old poodle who I just realized has a missing tooth and one about to fall out . What does this mean ? It only recently happened and im not sure what’s to do . Could it just be because of old age ? Should we change your food ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Sassy. If you are noticing bad breath, and loose teeth, that is probably a sign of dental disease. Dogs need dental care to maintain tooth health, and she may need to have a dental cleaning done to get rid of built up plaque and tartar. It would be best if you had an exam with her veterinarian in the next few days to assess her dental health, as well as her overall health. They will be able to advise you the next best step once they have looked at her mouth. I hope everything goes well for Sassy.

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Bella
Labrador Retriever
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tooth Loss

My dog is 9 years old. She was playing with my other 2 year old dog today while taking them for a walk. While walking I noticed a tooth was loose and looked to be barely hanging on. When we got home after she was finished eating her dog food she spit out that tooth. Should I be concerned? She doesn't seem to be in pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A dog may lose a tooth due to various causes including age, dental disease, other diseases, trauma among other causes; it is important to know whether the tooth fell out on its own or if this is part of something more serious. I would certainly recommend having Bella’s teeth checked to see if there are any other teeth which are concerning and to have an oral x-ray done to look at teeth and jaw health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cara
Schnoodle
8 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

none

My 8-month-old schnoodle only has 40 teeth, with no third/last molar on either side of her lower jaw. Is this something I should be concerned about. Otherwise, her mouth and teeth are normal.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. As far as her being able to eat normally, you should not be concerned that those two teeth are not there. From a dental health perspective, it would be a good idea to have her mouth x-rayed and make sure that those teeth are not retained and causing problems under the gum line. It would also be a good idea to make sure that her teeth have all come in properly otherwise, which your veterinarian can do if they haven't already assessed her mouth for you.

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Foxy
Yorkshire Terrier
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tooth pain

Hi I have a 6yo mini Yorkie and I took him for dental scalling a month ago due to severe case of plagues. After the procedure, I noticed there are some teeth that are loose (more than I and doctor knew), is it okay to just leave them be or should I have them pulled out so he wouldn’t hurt?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Foxy has loose teeth after his dental cleaning, those teeth are possibly diseased, and should be removed. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian to have her mouth re-evaluated to see what the status of his teeth is.

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Marley
Mixed shitzu
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Yellow vomit

My dogs tooth fell out, I was researching for causes and it said it was due to periodontal disease. Only one tooth fell out, does that mean he has severe periodontal disease? Should I be worried?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A single tooth falling out is concerning and may be attributable to many different causes; however periodontal disease among dogs over the age of four is too much of a common occurrence, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination of Marley’s teeth and possibly a dental x-ray to check dental health below the gum line. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kaju
Australian Shepherd
17 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
shaky teeth
teeth loss
Bleeding gums

My ~17 year old rescue Aussie Shepherd has been loosing teeth. He has started to loose teeth. He has lost his bottom ones and his top teeth are becoming shaky and have started to bleed a little. We have been doing as much as we can for him, since he has other problems such as hip dysplasia and is very old. We have done a lot for his teeth and brush them once a week, give him dental chews so we are not sure what is wrong. He does not have bad breath so we do not think it is gingivitis. We do think it could be because of trauma since he was rescued from an abuser at 5-years-old but it just started to happen five months ago so we are not sure if he could still be affected by trauma. We have talked to other vets, but most said he is just getting old or he could have a dental disease, but none gave us much info. I would like to get more perspectives on this since I am not as trustworthy of my vet since they have made quite a few "mistakes" in the past.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In a dog of 17 years of age, dental disorders are a common cause of bad breath; another causes may include kidney failure. However, without examining Kaju, I cannot say for certain what the specific cause is; but you should have Kaju examined regardless of your feelings towards the local Veterinarians as some extractions or other work may be required (depending on suitability for any procedure). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tylanii
Chihuahua
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

teeth fell out?

Medication Used

prednisone

My dogs last visit to the vet was about one month ago. He always does thorough check. I am very close to my pets, and never noticed tartar, or bad breath on my Chi, Tylanii 3 1/2 years old. She had all her teeth a month ago. She bit me yesterday ( I was put my face close to hers and she bit me. This morning, I went to cuddle her & I noticed ALL her side teeth are gone and a few front teeth as well! What could have happened! She is on prednisone every other day for asthma.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Maria, thank you for contacting us about Tylanii - I agree, that is very strange! I can only think that she had some kind of underlying dental disease that you weren't aware of that caused her teeth to loosen, but I, too, think that is very unusual. Chihuahuas are notorious for having dental problems and tartar buildup, but it is usually noticeable on exam, especially by your veterinarian, as that is something we check all the time. I think it would be a really good idea to take her back in to see your veterinarian and have her mouth examined to try and figure out what might be going on - she may need dental xrays to assess her teeth and jaw bone and make sure that they are healthy. I hope everything goes well with her!

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Coco
Chihuahua
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tooth pain

I was cleaning my dogs teeth with dog dental wipes and two of her teeth fell out. She has more teeth that are loose in the back. My husband advised me to put salt on both wounds to stop the bleeding. She is a chihuahua and she is 11 months old. Should I be concerned? Is that normal for her age?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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By now, Coco would have all her permanent teeth now for around two months; if her teeth are loose you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and dental x-rays to determine the cause. Loss of permanent teeth in a dog so young is uncommon so it is important to get to the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Beauty
Black and Tan Coonhound water spaniel mix
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Loss of tooth

Beauty has had very bad breath for years. I have tried brushing her teeth but she was abused before I got her so she pulls away, cry’s, and shakes violently before I can even start. I buy teeth cleaning treats and toes for her to chew and a antibacterial dental wash that goes in her water dish and she uses all of these regularly. However, she still has awful breath. I didn’t think much of it until today when there was one small tooth laying on my floor when I got home. There was no blood on it and she doesn’t seam affected. As with her brushing, I can’t get in there to see where it came from... how urgent do you think it isn’t to bring her in and is there a very general price range you could guess at? Going through a divorce so funds are very tight or I would already have her brought in..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Dogs do suffer from dental disease, and it may be painful for Beauty when you try to brush her teeth. If she is losing teeth, she may have some significant decay going on. The chews and water additives help sometimes, but most dogs do need dental cleanings occasionally. Without knowing the degree of dental disease she has, I can't comment on cost, but the best thing to do would be to take her in for an appointment in the next few days, and a veterinarian will be able to examine her mouth, give you an idea as to what needs to be done, and give you a cost estimate. Good dental health also goes a long way to making dogs healthy and live longer.

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Trixie
Blue Lacy
9 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures
nervous
anxious

Trixie has mild seizures and is generally an anxious dog. We live in Texas and have had many thunderstorms recently and thunder scares her very much. She stays in a kennel while we are at work. Her kennel is reinforced steel, because she would chew through all the other types. I noticed that she had blood in her kennel and she has lost many of her teeth due to chewing on the kennel. She only has back molars left and the top 4 teeth and ground down. She doesn't take meds for her seizures as it's about impossible to give her meds of any kind. My questions is, should I be giving her softer food now? Somehow she eating the dry food, but concerns me with hardly any teeth.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs chew food with their molars, when eating kibbles they don’t need to bite or rip their food off anything so they don’t need their incisors or canine teeth; but it would be worth moving over to a soft food to protect the gums. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Benji
Lhasa Apso
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pain chewing
Pain
Sad
Lethargy

Medication Used

Gabapentin

Hi, I noticed my puppy wasn't eating and he seemed he was in pain. Then I smelled a foul smell from his mouth. I brought him to the ER, they didnt diagnose anything besides pain medicine. The next day I followed up by visiting his vet, they took xrat images and notices his jaw bone is weak and that his teeth to be loose, even his adult ones. My next appointment is in 2 days with a dental specialist. Does anyone have any idea? Im concerned and extremely worried because hes only 5 months. I've been searching in pet health books and nothing in puppies. Please help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Possible causes for what is happening to Benji may be a bacterial or fungal infection of his jaw, among other things. It is great that you have an appointment with the dental specialist, as they will be able to determine what might be going on and recommend any treatment that might be necessary. I hope that he does well.

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gracie
mini schnauzer
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

stinky
stinky breath

my dog is a little rescue that came to me a year ago. she's aprox 11 and only had 3 teeth then. vet said she would probably lose those too. she just lost one but she's eating fine but her breath is worse than usual. could this mean infection?

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Cooper
Maltese
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Teeth

My male Maltese is 9 year, and is healthy overall. A few months ago, I had his teeth cleaned without anesthesia, and when I picked him up, I was informed that he lost to molars all the way in the back. She gave me the teeth. The roots looked short, but there was no decay or bleeding.

Today when brushing his teeth, I noticed his first top left premolar is loose. Again, the gums and teeth look healthy. I should mention, we brush his teeth daily, and use Vetzlife gel daily as well. He has no bad breath, shows no signs of distress or pain, has a healthy appetite and gets regular checkups at the vet. The vet never suggested cleaning his teeth, because he always gets high marks.

One more thing...his teeth, especially his front incisors, upper and lower are very tiny, and he's missing lots of teeth that never came in, especially his premolars. I've questioned my vet on several occasions if some of his teeth could still be deciduous teeth because I never saw him lose a teeth, and because his teeth are so small, even for his size (as compared to my 8 years old, smaller female Maltese). Is it possible to retain milk teeth for 9 years??? Thank you!!! I appreciate any insight you can give me.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible for deciduous teeth to stay in and not fall out, especially in smaller breed dogs. Having teeth cleaned without anesthesia does not allow a full cleaning, and if Cooper's teeth are falling out, he should have a dental evaluation. he may need dental x-rays to evaluate his tooth roots. If your veterinarian is not comfortable with his dental care, you may ask for a referral to a veterinary dentist, and they can evaluate his mouth and advise you as to what care he might need.

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Wesley
Chihuahua
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath

Hello, my dog is a six year old chihuahua, and has always had overcrowded teeth, which has led to the development of tartar. I brush his teeth every day, but some of the teeth are too far gone. I believe he has periodontal disease, as his bottom front teeth are loose and covered in tartar. I have been watching his gums, and they have been pulling away from his bottom teeth. He has also lost a couple teeth. However, I feel that he may not need to get any teeth extractions, because once the teeth fall out on their own, the gum heals and turns pink again. He has lost one of his upper teeth and two of his bottom teeth, and the gums have returned to normal. Also, it is only the front teeth that are affected. The rest of his teeth are healthy. He also is very healthy otherwise and does not appear to be bothered by the condition. Would you recommend to continue brushing his teeth and let the teeth fall out naturally, or should I take him to the vet for possible extractions?

Thank you!
Sarah

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For the time being, keep an eye on his teeth and continue to brush daily especially if he eats wet food; a visit to your Veterinarian would be useful particularly to have x-rays to look at the condition of the mandible (lower jawbone) and to identify any pathology that may be present. If Wesley is showing signs of pain, you should visit your Veterinarian for a quick examination to determine if extracts are needed or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Chihuahua
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loose teeth
Seizures
bad breath

Hi! On her bottom jaw, my dog has loose or missing teeth. Her breath is not very bad, but it has gotten worse. She is very healthy, except she periodically gets seizures that (the vet says) won't hurt her. I don't think the seizures are related, but I thought you should know. Is there somethig I can do about her losing teeth? Thanks.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Small breed dogs are commonly affected by dental disease, and usually need yearly dental cleanings. Daisy may be having some dental disease that needs to be taken care of. It would be best to have her mouth examined by your veterinarian to assess her dental health and see what needs to be done. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Jinx
Poodle
15 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tooth Loss

Good afternoon, I have a 15 year old poodle. Yesterday one of his teeth fell out, my question is does the tooth cleaning take place under anaesthesia and is it advisable to put my dog under anaesthesia on his age?

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giavonna
Miniature Pinscher
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tooth pain

I have a vet apt Wednesday but my dog gia lost a front tooth about a year ago and yesterday I pulled out her other front tooth..she was at the vet a week ago and the vet asked me to open her mouth she wasn't being very cooperative and biting..they also sprayed allergy medicine up her nose..since the vet she's been coughing sneezing and hacking they said she would sneeze..then yesterday her she starts licking everything she never does that I realize her front tooth is loose barely tug it falls right out..I'm worried she's sick now bc she's still coughing and sneezing..her gums never bled and don't see swollen..is she okay till Wednesday?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Gia is eating and drinking well, and seems bright and happy otherwise, she should be fine to be seen on Wednesday. If she is having problems breathing, or isn't eating or drinking, or seems lethargic, she should be seen earlier. I hope that all goes well for her.

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abby
Chihuahua
9 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath

I have a chihuahua about 9 years old, she has always had bad teeth but it is progressively getting worse, she cant eat hard kibble and her teeth are getting really loose. I dont want to put my dog under due to health risks so i wanted to know what i could due to prevent my dog from having heart issues and other health risks because of her teeth.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should think about dental work, even in a Chihuahua Abby’s age anaesthesia is generally safe if she is healthy otherwise; your Veterinarian will determine whether she is suitable for the dental with an examination and a blood test. I really think that a dental is the way to go here and you should discuss this with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Myka
Yorkshire Terrier
13 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Weight Loss
Sleepiness
Bleeding gums

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

My dog has Advanced periodontal disease, but he has NO TEETH. He is unable to eat due to his gums. They Vet really didn't prescribing anything but a antibiotic, which is hard to give him since he has to eat with food. Is there any suggestions of a medication for the my baby's health.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout examining Myka, I'm not sure what his oral disease looks like, as periodontal disease typically requires teeth to have periodontum. Since I cannot see his mouth or know what is going on with him, it would be best to contact his veterinarian and ask what the best therapy for him might be, as they have seen his mouth and know what is going on. I hope that he is okay.

MY dog went in for a tooth cleaning today abd lost her incisors. The vet said they were loose and came out during the cleaning. She’s said it’s very common. She also said that for a ten year old chihuahua she was surprised she still had themselves my question is whether this is common or malpractice of some sort.

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Bentley
Jack Russell Terrier
10 Days
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath

I recently noticed a growth under my dogs tongue on one side of his mouth while he was playing with a toy. It seems to be the size of a Lima bean. I also noticed that on the middle upper mouth some teeth are missing and his gums seem to be receding. The only thing that has changed in his diet is a new treat. They are green dental chews made by Abound. What could cause something like this? It seemed it happpened quickly.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure how old Bentley is, but it is quite common for dogs to have dental disease as they get older. He may have been chewing more aggressively on the new treats and caused some tartar or diseased teeth to become loose. From your description, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian to have his mouth assessed and see if he needs any treatment. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Yoshi
chug
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loose teeth

My dog, Yoshi, is 5 years old. When he was about a year old, they extracted 2 teeth due to crowding. Now two of his front teeth are loose. He is still eating, drinking, and accepting treats. He doesn’t seem to be in any discomfort unless you touch the tooth. He does not have bad breath, and aside from a little bit of plaque (he has semi-regular cleanings), there doesn’t seem to be any discoloration on his teeth or gums. Is this something that I should go to the vet about immediately, or will they fall out on their own?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The teeth will eventually fall out on their own, however you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to make sure that there isn’t any underlying issue for Yoshi losing his teeth; also it would be good to have them removed if they are causing pain or discomfort for him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rylee
pit bull terrier
18 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Missing teeth
Acne
Lethargy

My dog is supposedly 2 years old now. I’m pretty sure she’s at most a year and a half now. Since I got her six months ago she has yet to develop more adult teeth. She’s missing probably about 10 teeth in her mouth. Some on her top jaw are kinda sticking out but some on the bottom are literally just gums with no sign of teeth. I’m just wondering if this is an issue? Or what I can do about it? She eats perfectly fine and even chews on bones and such with no problem. I just want her to be happy and healthy.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. It would probably be a good idea to have Rylee examined to see what abnormalities are happening with her tooth development and see if there are any treatments that need to be given. Your veterinarian may want to take x-rays to see if the teeth have developed under the gum line.

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