|Barked: Sun Feb 3, '13 6:23am PST |
|Extremely common, especially in toy and small breeds. The problems are that the extra teeth cause crowding and out of place adult teeth and they will also trap food and stuff (threads, fibers, etc.) and lead to tooth decay and other mouth problems.
Ideally, having them pulled at about a year old is good. Doing dental stuff while there is surgery elsewhere (neutering, etc.,) is dangerous as bacteria from the mouth can easily enter the blood stream and cause infections in the fresh surgical site so is not recommended.
So far, with my toy poodles, my vet and I have been able to pull the extra baby teeth without anesthesia since they are usually already somewhat loose.
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