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Old 08-04-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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I know this is a little ways down the road for us, but I have researched that sometimes Yorkies are unable to lose their baby Canine teeth, and must have them surgically extracted. I was wondering if anyone knows from experience if this is common, and if so, when will I know that she will require surgery? If she needed surgery to extract her teeth, I wanted to do it when I get her spayed if at all possible. I don't want her to be under anesthesia twice if we can take care of both things at once, if she requires both surgeries. Any input is appreciated; thank you sooo much!
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This is standard operating procedure. Yes it is VERY common and it usually is dealt with when the spay or neuter is done.
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Thanks so much for your prompt reply. And BTW, I was raised in Buford, GA (I saw you were from Alpharetta, GA and it brought back great memories). I'm glad to know that both procedures can be taken care of at once. And that many others go through it also. I will be a nervous wreck when that day comes; anesthesia is so scary for humans and for our furry friends alike. /-:
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Yes its very common for Yorkies...just keep a good eye on her when she starts losing her baby teeth, you will see her baby canine and her permanent canine side by side, take your finger and see if its loss if its loss it will fall out but if not than it will have to be removed...I have two yorkies and my old lady 14 yrs old bailey all her came out on there own and one of Bella's I had to have removed I think she was 8 mos at the time.
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Thanks for letting me know the time line you experienced. Ideally, I want her spayed after I see the first signs to save the mess, and I think I should expect her to show signs between 6-12 months. So by the time she shows signs that she is ready to be spayed, and she has any stubborn Canine teeth, they will remove them then from what I have gathered. After she has surgery, how should I expect her to act in regards to the tooth extraction? I've never had an animal to have a tooth surgically removed, and I know that it is painful to go through [for humans, ouch!]. Are there risks of infection? Will she be on a special diet? Will she have a poor appetite, and if so, how long before she recovers (from what you experienced with your little ones)? Again, thank you so much for your input. This is something that is new to me, and I appreciate your feedback immensely. (:
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Teegy had 4 baby teeth that hadn't fallen out by the time I got him snipped at 7 months the vet took them out during the snip snip surgery as they don't like to use anaesthesia too often on small dogs. You could always take them out yourself with pliers, kidding....
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Ziva was spayed at 61/2 months- before any signs of need- At that time she had 7 baby teeth removed. I was expecting a real sorry little puppy with both ends hurting- But the vet did a great job on the incision (I requested "glue" instead of stitches- you cannot see her scar) and the teeth slid out so perfectly by the time we got her home that evening the gums were already closing around the permanent teeth and she was happier chewing than with the double teeth (which were starting to look painfully "tight"). We took her off the meds by the 2nd day.
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Thank you! I will follow your example and ask for glue (I never knew you could do that, but it has been YEARS since I've had one small enough to spay/neuter). And I also ask my vet to use his good judgment and remove any teeth that he needs to at that time. This is the first female indoor dog that I've had (I had a male Westie before her), so I didn't know that you could spay before they showed signs. Everyone just told me to take her in after her first 'period'. Very useful and comforting information; I thought it was going to be as dramatic as when I had my wisdom teeth removed. I'm glad your puppy recovered quickly and was back to normal in no time. VERY relieved to hear that; thank you for giving me a peace of mind. (:
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One of my yorkie's canines is in the process of making its way out. It's just hanging out in her mouth by a "gum" lol. But regarding your question, I've read and heard that often times, the vet will pull those puppy teeth that didn't quite want to come out alongside with the dog's spay/neuter procedure. I was planning to have the vet check for any puppy teeth stragglers when I get her spayed in a month.
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