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Which teeth are most important for a schtzhund

I Took my 10 month to the vet to have her teeth checked out and they said they've never seen it so bad with a puppy. So unfortunately they have to extract her bottom right two back molars, which they're doing Saturday :/ I was wondering how this will effect my girl in schutzhund and what she will be limited to without those two teeth. They say it shouldn't effect her but they also asked "what's schutzhund?" after I first asked so I wanted your guys' opinions.
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What's so bad about the teeth that requires extraction?
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What's so bad about the teeth that requires extraction?
Under her last two teeth is green and there's a divet there. I took her because she was bleeding and that's what they found and showed me. :/
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excellent question. I guess after your pup heals you can see how the bite work goes. At least you can still work obedience and tracking and still stay active if protection becomes difficult.

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I'd get a second opinion. There are some vets that specialize in dental work. Dogs can have root canals and caps or implants. Expensive so I am not sure this is in your budget. Infections can be treated with IV antibiotics. Extractions are often suggested because they are easier to do but NOT always necessary.

I guess it also depends on how involved you are in protection training but with a puppy I am assuming that you have many years ahead of you that you wanted to train. For this reason I would dig a little further.

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Talk to your helper and TD on that. And I would get a second opinion. The other teeth may shift when these are pulled




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Cobe damaged the enamel on his canines and the vet suggested they be pulled. While the protection trainer in my area shrugged it off and said it was no big deal, I wanted him to keep the teeth, so I had them crowned. However, this was a case of damage and I'm under the impression that it's disease? Is it not possible for them to be cleaned and repaired?
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I know a dog without canines that had to be retired. I think that with pressure being made on one side than the other there can be some shifting on the sleeve, but only a guessing.

From what you describe bone can be compromised if not treated properly and in that case I'd go for the extraction, not only money wise, but to be safe. I can speak from experience, I had a root canal done that got silently infected, years later I presented an abscess and had to say goodbye to my molar. I remember the dentist said that if there is an abscess on the external side of the teeth you can consider treatment, but if there is infection on the palatine side the risk is just to high.

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Thanks everyone,
I did a phone consultation with a dental specialist and they said expect to pay at least $2500 if they could keep the teeth and unfortunately that can be a risky and long healing process and its hard to say, but I'd rather save that for a bigger vet emergency
We will see how she does with schutzhund but she is my learning experience with the sport.

I was on the verge of getting another pup already thank god I didn't yet because I forgot about hidden vet bills.
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