Many wonder if our pets also have baby teeth that fall out. It is true that our dogs and cats go through many similar situations in terms of growth and health as we do, but what about the fall of teeth in dogs and cats? Is it the same as in us? Let’s see.
The development of teeth in cats and dogs
Cats and dogs, as with people, are born without teeth. During the second and eighth week of life, these appear, but they are baby teeth, as also happens in our case.
This is a fact that many do not know and are alarmed when they see that their pet has dropped a tooth. Do not be afraid, because it is not painful for the animal: in fact, it usually swallows them and, therefore, you may not even realize it.
Once the baby teeth have fallen, the definitive ones appear, the ones you will have throughout your life. As in the case of children, dogs and cats that have baby teeth should also be maintained in good oral hygiene, since these are going to fall has nothing to do.
Remember that oral hygiene has to do not only with teething but with breath and gums. If from a young age, when there are still milk teeth, we do not take care of our pet’s mouth, it could present oral problems later.
In the case of cats, they will first have the incisors, that is, the front teeth (just like babies). Later fangs and other teeth come out until they reach a total of 26 baby teeth that, when replaced by the definitive ones, will increase to 30.
In the case of dogs, they do not have premolars and have 24 baby teeth that, when replaced by the definitive ones, will reach 40. This change happens between the five and nine months of life.
Before the teeth fall in dogs and cats, what to do?
If you have entered to read this article it is because you want to be informed of this process of failing teeth in dogs and cats, in order to help your pet.
Well, we praise your attitude, but this is a natural process that should not be given more importance because as a general rule everything usually goes well and without major inconveniences.
Now, it is possible that during the change of dentition, some teeth that are coming out as definitive are doing it incorrectly. This makes a visit to the veterinarian necessary.
In order to determine when this is necessary, you will have to observe your pet’s mouth. You already know that puppies change their teeth between five and eight months of life, and a little earlier in the case of cats.
During this time your revisions will be essential so that everything goes properly. Also, keep in mind that you should be careful when you brush your pet’s teeth because if you have any loose teeth you could harm him if you are not careful.
On the other hand, it is possible that in the reviews you realize that your pet has milk teeth and definitive at the same time. Don’t worry, this is totally normal, as long as each one takes his place. Unlike us, the fall of the milk is not caused by the thrust of the final exit. Do not be alarmed.
Each tooth will have its place, but when the time comes, the milk ones will fall. This is something that you also have to observe because if it did not happen, you should go to the veterinarian. Why? Because as there is something in your pet’s mouth that should not be, it can lead to the accumulation of tartar and other oral diseases that could cause problems.
To eliminate these ‘retained’ teeth, a surgical operation must be used. It is simple and painless, so don’t worry.
We hope to have resolved your doubts in what has to do with the fall of the teeth in cats and dogs, and that in this way you can help your pet to have a healthy mouth.