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Old 03-31-2008, 09:31 AM
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I was watching Animal Planet's Animal Cops where the vet looked into the mouth and determined the dog to be about 2 years old. Is it by counting teeth or something? I thought that was cool.

I know you can tell a rhino's age by the size of the horn.
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:23 AM
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As dogs age their teeth become worn down and tarter starts to build up, so at 2 years the teeth were probably showing some signs of the tips of the teeth wearing down and some yellow, tarter, on the back of the teeth.
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:14 PM
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Vets look at the teeth to see if the dog has adult teeth, which generally come in at about 6 months old. They look at tartar build up and tooth wear, although if the dog has had good dental care and has had a good diet, it may be hard to determine the age from teeth alone. Teeth generally begin to show wear at about 4 to 5 years old. Vets also look at the eyes to see if the dog has signs of age-related changes like nuclear sclerosis, and they look at the dog's muzzle for any signs of white hair, common in older dogs. Taking all of this into consideration and comparing it with the average lifespan of the particular breed can give a good approximation of a dog's age.
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Old 04-01-2008, 12:20 AM
Location: Jax
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When I found that dog 6 months ago, my vet sized up her age by looking at her teeth.

When I looked at her teeth, I noticed that they were sparking white and I assumed she was no more than a year, but once we brought her to the vet, he gauged her at 1.5-2yrs old.
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