All puppies have no teeth at birth. However, at the age of one month, milk (temporary) teeth begin to grow in pets. In total, dogs have 32 teeth: four canines, 12 incisors and 16 molars.
Changing milk teeth in dogs
When the puppy turns three months old, he begins to change teeth: milk teeth fall out and to replace them, permanent molars grow.
The puppy’s teeth change as follows:
- The incisors fall out first. A molar tooth begins to grow under the root of the milk tooth. After that, the root disintegrates and the milk tooth falls out.
- After the incisors, the molars fall out. The change of these teeth occurs in the same way as the change of the incisors.
- The fangs are the last to fall out. The milk teeth are always well developed. They are saber-shaped, very sharp, but fragile.
A complete change of teeth in a puppy ends by six to seven months.
It is worth noting that in large breed dogs, the change of teeth occurs much faster.
It is important to remember that sickness of the puppy and the cropping of the ears of the pet can significantly slow down the change and growth of teeth.
All permanent teeth grow in a special canal, which is formed after the loss of a milk tooth, that is, along the path of least resistance. Therefore, if the milk tooth does not fall out in time, then the permanent one will grow in the wrong place.
For show dogs, this is the main reason for the disqualification of an animal.
If you see that the dog does not lose milk teeth, then immediately take the pet to the veterinary clinic to remove the temporary teeth.
Disorder of milk teeth change in puppies
When puppies change their teeth, the pet needs special care and proper feeding. After all, improper maintenance of a dog often causes various violations of the change of temporary teeth.
Also, violations of the change of teeth can be caused by the breed predisposition of the dog.
Very often such disorders occur in long-nosed and medium-nosed dogs. These dogs have very poorly developed chewing muscles, and this phenomenon leads to a decrease in the size of the gums and the shape of the teeth.
Most often, disorders of changing milk teeth occur in these dog breeds:
- Toy terriers;
- Italian Greyhound;
- Dwarf pinschers;
- Scotch Terriers;
If your dog has a tooth change disorder, then it should be urgently shown to the veterinarian.
Healthy puppy teeth are the key to the health of the pet.