Helen who is a vet and was very careful in checking over her pup Hope (who she had from us), when her second teeth came through unfortunately she developed very unexpectedly an undershot jaw. Helen has been very pragmatic about her developing an undershot jaw. The beginning of October she sent me an update about her how things are developing.
Hope is from Ernest and Rosie's litter of eleven pups.
I took some photos of Hope's mouth to send to a friend of mine who's training to be a dental specialist. Her upper deciduous canines haven't come out yet but the others are emerging and I wanted to double-check what the current recommendations are with that, and also with the jaw. I thought you might be interested in the photos and what she said
"I think it's really likely that her maxillary canines are going to erupt further soI'd wait a bit longer until they are fully erupted (6-7 months) and I suspect she will exfoliate the deciduous ones in due course. If they are still present by 8 or 9 months then I'd consider extraction at that point (particularly if the permanents have been completely erupted for a couple of months). We think that shedding of the deciduous teeth is related to eruption of the permanents so if you have erupted deciduous and permanent side by side they are unlikely to be naturally exfoliated and the resultant malocclusion/overcrowding causes early onset periodontitis. It looks like the max 1st and 2nd incisors bilaterally traumatically occlude onto the mandibular teeth so they are likely to need extracting (101,102,201,202). The maxillary 3rd incisors might also need extracting if they are doing a similar thing but a bit difficult to tell from the photos. The problem with this type of malocclusion is that the resultant tooth on tooth trauma causes concussion injury (normally to the maxillary incisors) which results in non-vital teeth and periapical pathology."
She is otherwise doing very well, she's such a good puppy. It's lovely to hear about how all her siblings are getting on too. Thank you for all the hard work you put in and I hope all goes well with Blottie as you prepare for her final litter.
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Why I don't export
Our breeding dogs are multi generational extensively health tested. With all our breeding stock having recommended and relevant DNA tests for their breed/breeds. We also have breeding stock annually eye examined on the BVA Hereditary Eye Disease Scheme for dogs, MRI scanned on the BVA scheme using the BVA chiari malformation /syringomyelia breeding protocol, and heart examined using The Kennel Club Heart Scheme for Cavalier King Charles breeding protocol