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Just like human children, puppies and kittens lose their baby teeth. These teeth are also called "milk teeth" or in medical terms, deciduous teeth. Whatever the name, the process is the same. Learn more about this process and what to expect as your puppy or kitten grows.
This FAQ looks at a common problem, especially for dogs: worn down teeth. What causes teeth to wear, and what should you do about worn down teeth in your pet?
Like humans, dogs and cats have baby (deciduous) teeth that are replaced by permanent teeth as they mature. In some cases, the animal will gain the permanent tooth but fail to lose the baby tooth, resulting in what is termed a "retained deciduous tooth". Find out what to do about this condition in this FAQ.
Guest author Jennifer Fry, VMD offers this "Dental Letter" for pet owners who have been told that their pet needs a dental cleaning. This letter explains the process and what to expect.
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A viewer asks: "We have an 18 year old cat that has recently developed an unusual behavior after eating which is becoming a problem. After he finishes eating, he will sit up, tilt his head to the side, and work his jaws and tongue as if he is trying to dislodge a piece of food caught in his teeth. He’ll continue this for about a minute or so, leaving big drops of saliva and food on the floor around his bowl. Any suggestions?" Read the answer in this FAQ.
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The 4th premolar tooth (also known as the Carnassial tooth) is the largest tooth in the dog's mouth. It is located midway between the nose and the angle of the jaw. This is the main "chomping" tooth used for grinding up food. Dogs that like to chew may fracture the exterior part of this tooth, known as a slab fracture
This is a step-by-step look at the removal of a fractured, tartar-covered 4th premolar tooth in a 4.5 year old Corgi.