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Old 09-22-2009, 06:37 PM
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I just noticed today that my 1 1/2 year old shihtzu still has her baby teeth. She goes to the vet and groomers so I always figured they would tell me if there was a problem but I noticed today her teeth were covered in plaque and half of them seemed like there were broken or half the size of normal?!? I compared them to my older 4 year old shihtzu and they are definetely baby teeth. I called the vet and made her an appointment but as I'm googling online I keep reading that she should have gotten the adult teeth in over them by now. I'm worried something is majorly wrong and maybe she doesn't have any adult teeth? Just would like some peace of mind until her appointment, anyone have advice or knowledge on this?
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Old 09-22-2009, 06:39 PM
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It's not that uncommon. A friend of mine has a pug that never lost his primary (baby) teeth. No big deal - except that they're SHARP!!!
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Old 09-23-2009, 05:19 AM
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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no doubt ..... a mouthful of little needles!!

let us know what her vet says.......
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:50 AM
Location: Georgia
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can you take a picture? a lot of smaller breed dogs retain their baby teeth in front of the adult teeth. If that is the case, the baby teeth do need to be removed as that creates an easy place for plaque & tartar buildup, which will lead to them losing the adult teeth much earlier
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:13 PM
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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The adult lower-left canine tooth in my Mastiff never grew in. At first, I thought he had broken his tooth, but the vet informed me that it was just his baby tooth and it had not fallen out yet because there was no adult replacement tooth pushing it out. Eventually my Mastiff did lose that baby tooth, and no adult tooth took its place.

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Old 09-23-2009, 01:22 PM
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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I'd not worry too much. The chi I just pulled from the shelter never lost hers either, but her adults did come in. Now when she goes for her spay she has to have dental work done too. Gah!
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