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Old 10-22-2011, 10:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 5 m old Ollie's overbite--I need advice!! (canine into upper palate)

Hi All,

My 5 mo. old shepherd puppy has an overbite, and I don't know what to do. I noticed it a few weeks ago, but a few days ago I noticed that his canines are cutting into the roof of his mouth a bit.

I talked to my vet and she said it's, "rare for the breed," which I think is incorrect--therefore I don't trust her judgement here at all.

I have also read that the lower jaw grows slowest and so I'm not sure if it will correct itself over time. Any advice would be much appreciated!!! Thanks guys!!

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Old 10-22-2011, 10:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This is NOT that uncommon in the breed and it's a HUGE problem if those canines grow permanently into the upper palate!

There is massage and also a surgery that can be done to guide the lower canines into position. But you have to get on it NOW when the teeth are still growing in and are easily able to change their path.

http://www.veterinarydentalcenter.com/pediatric.htm

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Con...?P=PRINT&A=164
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So I'm assuming a dental specialist is the person to see? I've been having trouble finding one in my area.

I'm just so worried! He's my little man, and it looks like it hurts, even though he doesn't act like he's in pain :-(
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Your regular dentist should have a list of specialists to recommend.

This is NOT a big deal if you get to someone this coming week to get it adjusted.
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Well he's only 5 months old, still teething and the lower jaw always needs to catch up at this age it seems. If the teeth are only slightly affecting the roof of the mouth (like he can eat and drink and doesn't seem bothered) I would give it another month or so. My Pan's teeth looked like that while he was teething. He also retained one of his upper canines. I had that pulled at 6 months. By about 8 months, everything had lined back up again, and by 10 months the slight overbite that was leftover was gone. At 13 months I got a dental notation from an SV judge, the bite is fine. Their teeth go crazy while they are teething. Ironically my show line male's teeth never looked that bad, he had a slight overbite while teething, but unlike Pan's which looked like your picture or worse, Nikon's slight overbite never corrected.

No harm in seeing a specialist but I personally don't know that I'd alter anything at this age since the dog is still teething and the bite will change on its own. I would ask the breeder about the parents and the lines, if there is any history of bite problems.
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If you're in Buffalo, you could see the dental specialist at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph Ontario. Its a bit of a drive, but I don't know many dental specialists.
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When Cujo was six weeks old, the ER vet said, "Oh, he has an over bite, well, that's ok, you are not planning on showing him."

I just called Cujo over to me (he is six), his teeth have a perfect scissors bite, no overbite whatsoever.

I suggest calling your breeder and asking them about it, and see if they want for you to wait or to consult some type of dental specialist. If this will clear itself up, then you will put your pup through pain and cost yourself a deal of money. A dental specialist is unlikely to tell you to wait and see. They are there to make money.

An over bite is MUCH better than an under bite. An overbite often corrects itself.
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get to a specialist if you want to correct this. If not, you may just have to pull the offending canine. Vet schools will have one - Cornell or Guelph - I have no clue which is closer.

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Guelph is actually closer--thanks I'll check that out
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I once had a GSD with an overbite like that--it never caused any problems, so we never had to mess with it.
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