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Hello, I noticed today that my 21 week old puppy has an adult canine tooth on the bottom row of her mouth coming in but her baby tooth is also still there. I looked it up online and it says no two teeth should be in the same socket. Should I be concerned about this? Thank you!
 

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At 7 months, they have usually lost all their baby teeth, but sometimes the canines like to hang on a bit longer. Can you tell if it's loose at all? If it is, then chances are that it will come out on its own. Otherwise, your vet might ned to pull it.
 

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I have seen this quite a bit, once in a 1.5 year old dog. Sometimes they can be gently wiggled out with your fingers or will come out with some tug of war, otherwise it may need to be removed by a vet.

If the adult canine isn't fully emerged then give it time to work it out naturally.
 

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My younger dog had this with all four canines. One needed surgical removal. This can impact the way the adult teeth grow in, sometimes in a medically significant way - our vet was concerned that our boy's lower canines would press into his upper gums/roof of the mouth, but thankfully it didn't come to that. So if it seems to be impacting how the adult tooth is growing and/or shows no sign of budging, get a veterinary consultation. Retained baby teeth are usually no big deal, but sometimes they do need intervention.
 

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Thank you so much everyone. She is just over 5 months now so I will for sure keep an eye on it. Is there a certain bone that is best for teething? Right now I give her Nyla bones and bamboo bones. I am worried to give her anything that might break off and swallowed. Also I know this is off topic but so I don't clog up the boards, I was also wondering about heart work prevention, I live in western ny so she probably won't need treatment until late spring when the nights get warmer but I heard I would need to take her to the vet first to get a negative, is that true and if so is that just a regular blood test? Right now j apply advantage 2 with the extra tick protection, should I also add in the heartwarming chew? Thank you so much!
 

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Heartguard is safe for dogs over 6 weeks. Trifexis is what I use because it is a triple-action and prevents these. It is safe for dogs over 8 weeks, but needs a prescritpion
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Basically the best chew is whatever your pup wants to chew (and is safe, obviously). Dogs can definitely have individual texture preferences.

All heartworm medications in the US require a prescription. This is because of how heartworms and the medication works. Heartworm meds aren't a preventative in a traditional sense, but actually a monthly treatment to kill any developing worms while they're still tiny. When a heartworm-free dog starts taking these meds on the recommended schedule, any new heartworm larvae entering their system are killed before they're ever large enough to cause illness or damage the heart.

However, if a dog has an active heartworm infection, there are larger, mature worms literally living in the heart vessels. A dose of regular monthly heartworm medication could cause these mature worms to die en masse, causing blockages in the heart and potentially killing the dog. The process of treating an active infection like this is much more difficult - the process can take months, the dog needs to be on restricted exercise to limit strain on the hearts, and there's still a chance that the dying worms can cause deadly heart complications (but so can the living worms if they're untreated long enough).

Basically, the vet wants to make sure that they're not going to accidentally kill a heartworm-positive dog by giving it heartworm preventative, which is why it's prescription only pending a negative heartworm tests. It's an extremely quick and easy test if I recall - just a drop or two of blood on a little detector device, kind of like a pregnancy test.

Some heartworm meds also protect against fleas and ticks, but not all. Your vet can help you with what's right for your dog and the pests in your region.
 

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My personal reference for heartworm medication is an ivermectin/pyrantal combination like Heargard Plus or a generic. Even my GSD, who hasn't been MDR1 tested, takes it with no trouble. Since we live in the south, and I've had mosquitos inside the house in January, they are on it year-round. I use a seperate flea and tick medication.
 

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Hello, I noticed today that my 21 week old puppy has an adult canine tooth on the bottom row of her mouth coming in but her baby tooth is also still there. I looked it up online and it says no two teeth should be in the same socket. Should I be concerned about this? Thank you!
I had the same problem with my min pin. The baby teeth need to be pulled.
 
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