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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-24-2012, 11:24 PM
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I know they can sometimes prevent the adult teeth from coming in correctly. As long as the canines are aligning into a correct scissor bite you can probably hold off. I usually find the knuckle bones take care of them.

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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-25-2012, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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I can't tell how he's biting down (he's a wild man when I try to look in his mouth!) but the adult canines look straight. I've got to take him to a vet this week or next anyway because he's due a vaccine the 9th of January I think... and I cleaned out his ears and he was very vocal and not wanting me to do it (the cloth had brown stuff on it) so I'd like his ears looked at. I figure they can look at his teeth then.
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The best way to do things they find unpleasant, with their mouths/heads/ears/eyes, is stand to the side, and even some dogs balk at this, so maybe stand behind them and reach into the front, peering in from the side.
Dogs find this less threatening than standing in front of them to check teeth/ears, etc.
We do muzzle occasionally depending on the dog's reaction. An assistant can be extremely helpful.
Whatever you do, don't "pin" the dog down if you can help it - the more restraint they feel, the more inclined they are to fight it.

If you try to look and the dog doesn't allow it, do work on this with them. If they may bite (not uncommon/fear/stress response) muzzle and do it anyway.

Nothing's worse than a dog that won't allow procedures to transpire!

*this is a general post for anyone who may be reading and thinking "wow, my dog won't let me (fill in the blank)" and not anyone in particular.*
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That's good info.... I think it deserves its own thread, too, so more people see it. Just FYI, I did come from his side or back. Grim does NOT like me coming head on at this point. This is one pup I'd never even think about pinning or putting on his side, LOL!! His 'maniac' is excitement. He's always done great at the vet's.. with the exception of the one vet who tried to put him on his side. He's lucky he's quick!

However, there are so many people that wouldn't think twice about doing that...very good tip!
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Grim lost both of his teefies today! Unfortunately, I only found ONE. That gives me a grand total of TWO baby teeth that I've found (to save) from this boy! I really hoped I'd at least find both of these canines... but no.
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