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Tooth loss in dogs - Answered by Dr. Lee

riley's mom
June 28th, 2007, 09:27 PM
I am very worried about my mix breed dog. She is losing her teeth. I see no obviuos reason for swelling, redness, tooth discolor. Does anyone know why a 7 year old dog would be losing her teeth?

June 28th, 2007, 09:43 PM
I'm not sure if dogs lose their teeth as they age, but she is considered a senior dog at 7 years so that might be it... Another guess would be she is malnurished. Any animal - dog, people, ect - loses its teeth when it doesnt get the nutrition it needs. These are just guesses though, and your vet can give you a more educated answer.

June 28th, 2007, 09:50 PM
Your vet is really the only one who can give you some answers on the oral health of your dog. Some breeds are prone to early tooth loss. A friend of mine has had 2 out of 3 poms loose their teeth at an early age. Our vet has an oral healthcare month at his practice to encourage people to take a greater interest in the care of their pets mouths.


Dr Lee
June 28th, 2007, 10:05 PM
A agree with Cindy, I recommend that you go to the vet. This is a problem. It is fairly safe to say that some periodontal disease is present - it is important that you find out to what extent and what can be done to help stop it. Dental radiographs (X-Rays) may be in order.

Good luck:pawprint: