Tooth Loss in Puppies
My Yorkie/Poodle mix is five months old and has, within the past three days, lost both of her canine bottom teeth. I cannot see any teeth coming in their place. Is this normal? She has seen our vet once a month since we got her at 7 weeks and they have never mentioned that this would happen, or what to expect as far as replacement teeth.
Puppies and kittens, just like children, lose their deciduous (baby) teeth before their permanent teeth erupt. By six months of age, most dogs and cats have their full complement of adult teeth and any tooth loss after about one year of age is certainly cause for concern. Most deciduous teeth in pets are very thin and fragile, so often owners do not find these teeth after they fall out, but only notice their loss when they look inside their pet’s mouth. Any deciduous teeth remaining in place after eruption of the permanent teeth should be removed by your veterinarian.