How can I tell
how old my new rescue dog is by looking at her teeth? My
veterinarian thinks she is about 10 years old but I think she's much
Dental problems in dogs and cats commonly arise
due to lack of consistent friction across the tooth and gum
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and cats... teeth... determine age
It is possible to give an approximate age of a
dog or cat when they are very young because their front 6 incisors,
called deciduous ("baby") teeth, will start to fall out by 4
months. The adult teeth are all visible by approximately 6 months
of age when the adult molars
and canine teeth are present. After about a year of age, precise ageing
gets much more difficult. Generally, an experienced veterinarian or
animal caretaker will look at the degree of tartar, enamel wear, and
general state of the teeth and gums (called gingiva) to give a general
guess as to the age. This is usually referred to in terms such as
"young adult" or "older".
many factors adversely wear or damage the teeth and gums.
Genetics, diet, trauma, and behavior all influence the condition of the
teeth. Certain breeds, too, have very healthy teeth and gums well
into their older age; others begin to need dentistry as early as 2 or 3
years of age.
breeds of dogs there is a fold in the lower lips below the large canine
teeth. Lipfold pyoderma, a moist, inflamed and odorous
infection of this fold in the skin of the lower lips, commonly affects
Spaniels and St. Bernards.