Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Puppies, we all love puppies – even when those sharp baby teeth chew on your ankle or chair legs. Deciduous teeth are the correct term used for those annoying little puppy teeth; deciduous teeth are temporary teeth that will fall out over time and be replaced with permanent teeth as the puppy matures.
During their first six months of life, puppies will develop two sets of teeth – deciduous and permanent teeth. Here are a few facts to help you understand the role of those cute and pointy little chompers.
Puppy Teeth Facts
At birth, puppies are born toothless (just like their human counterparts).
At around the 2-week mark the deciduous teeth start to erupt, and by 8 to 10 weeks of age, they are all in place.
Puppies have 28 deciduous teeth.
The incisors usually erupt first followed by the canine teeth and then the premolars.
As soon as the deciduous teeth begin to fall out, the permanent teeth start to erupt.
When puppies start the teething process, it is best to allow the teeth to fall out on their own. Do not try to pull a loose tooth out of your pups’ mouth – there is the danger of breaking the root and causing an infection to occur. Pick chew toys that are soft and flexible, if it cannot flex or bend then it is too hard to give to your puppy. A fillable toy like the Kong brand can be stuffed with canned food and frozen to help provide some relief. Avoid things like pressed rawhide, antlers and bones as they can cause damage to the erupting adult teeth. These types of chew items should also not be given to adult dogs as they can cause significant damage to an adult dogs teeth.
If by 6 – 7 months of age there are deciduous teeth still present, then crowding of the permanent teeth can become a problem. Baby teeth that are left in place and show no signs of falling out on their own can cause dental problems, such as occlusion and other periodontal diseases. In most cases, deciduous teeth that have not fallen out can be removed during your puppies spay or neuter surgery, and this then allows the adult teeth to erupt without any crowding occurring.
Dogs have 42 permanent teeth
Cats have 30
Humans have 32
Some breeds such as pugs and French Bulldogs have less adult teeth because their smaller mouths cannot accommodate a full set of 42 teeth.
If you have any questions regarding your puppies dental health – please call the clinic to discuss your concerns with one of our Veterinary Staff.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
We are currently on an open door policy with a limit of up to 4 people inside the hospital at a time.
Only 1 person per pet will be allowed for visits.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own. While in the exam room please minimize contact and keep with our social distancing protocols in the confined space. We are unable to offer the use of our hospital washroom at this time.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Curbside pickup is no longer being offered. You can now come in to pick up and pay for your orders.
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link. You will be connected to an on-call veterinarian that may be located at a different hospital.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!