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Old 11-19-2013, 08:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My year and 7 month old long haired german shepherd has something strange going on. I was just brushing his teeth the other day and didn't notice anything and then today when I looked at them I noticed all 4 of his big canines were broken off at the tip? He doesn't chew on rocks or even seem interested and I'm not sure what it's from or if I should be concerned. He did get into an argument with a dog the other day but I couldn't imagine all 4 of his canine tips breaking off from that. Teeth tips broke off?-imageuploadedbypg-free1384911532.686612.jpg


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Old 11-19-2013, 08:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jollyballs, or any other type of toy that he may be chewing will wear down canines. Especially if they get dirt in them.
Some dogs have genetically weaker teeth too, so they will wear down faster.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That is wear. Do you use tennis balls?


By the way, I'd like to see the rest of him, too
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The only toy he actually cares about is a rubber frisbee that is soft, doesn't like jolly balls, will munch on a tennis ball but really only plays with a rubber frisbee or other dogs. Is it normal though to all of a sudden wear down that fast? I can't imagine what he would wear down his teeth on in only a couple of days. He is literally with me 24/7 so I know exactly what he's doing all the time. Teeth tips broke off?-imageuploadedbypg-free1384922528.288245.jpg


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Old 11-19-2013, 11:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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my first dog wore all his canines down chewing on tennis balls. We don't allow them in the house anymore or any toy with that polyester felt on them.
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The glue in tennis balls erodes the tooth enamel.
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Midnite loves his jolly balls and orbee balls, from what I am understanding these can be a problem to? He is never without a ball.
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I wouldn't think all 4 canine tips could just suddenly disappear overnight, unless the tips were weaken through bones or tennis balls etc and then just broke off. I wouldn't worry about the tips not being there, my 5 year old GSD bitch has lost quite a bit of all her canine tips and this does not affect her in anyway.

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The glue in tennis balls erodes the tooth enamel.
Yep.
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Actually, it's the fuzz that holds sand that wears the teeth so bad. If rubbing a toy for 10 seconds on your skin burns, it's abrasive enough to wear teeth.

Unfortunately I'm pretty much an expert in dog dental health :-(
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