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Anonymous asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

What does it mean when a dog has two rows of teeth like a shark?

My bf's shitzu has two rows of teeth at the bottom and they're crooked. Is this normal and is there a way to fix it?

13 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    It means the the dog didn't lose his puppy teeth, and is not normal. The dog needs to go to the vet to have them pulled before they start causing problems (like deforming the rest of the teeth and causing infections and abscesses).

  • 1 decade ago

    How old is the dog? It could be some are the baby teeth and jsut haven't come out because the new ones pushed up in a different place.

    It can be fixed. It is usually a problem that comes with poor breeding. Speak to the vet, they can tell what needs to be done and if it requires a specialist. They can also tell if the dog will have any problems that stems from it. We haven't had any problems with the two of ours. My husbands Uncle has a shih tzu that needed some teeth removal, but they got the dog through a pet store (later discovered to be a puppy farm pup) This happens more often when pet quality pets breed.

    Make sure you alert the breeder if possible. A good breeder wants to know of any possibly genetic complications They need to know the complication developed because if it has happened with other pups they need to stop breeding that line of dogs. Of course sometimes it can happen even with good breeding.

    Source(s): Shih Tzu's are not a rare breed as someone stated above.
  • 1 decade ago

    He might have retained puppy teeth that didn't fall out when his big teeth came in, if this is the case your vet can pull the retained teeth. My chihuahua had this problem and the vet pulled the extra teeth out when the dog was asleep getting neutered. Or his teeth could just be very crowded and nothing to worry about unless it makes it difficult for him to eat. It is very common for toy and small breed dogs to have crooked teeth caused by crowding because their jaws are so small. I know the snaggely teeth can make an otherwise beautiful dog look a little less appealing but they don't put braces on dogs.

  • My male Peke has the same thing. We had him X-rayed believing they were left over baby teeth. They were not. Some dogs are prone to crooked or extra teeth. All of his teeth turned out to be adult teeth and the vet said they should be left alone unless they caused eating problems. He is fine. It does look funny . She said since he is a neutered pet no further action was needed.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Whow looks like tome you have a dog with a mouth full of teeth the bulldog has what looks like two rows of teeth on the top in the front of there mouths

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, A specialist can , But it will be Rather expensive. If money is a problem explain it to Him/HER They probably could do a procedure that will make your pet more comfortable.Your vet can direct you. And no it is not normal it is a genetic related fault and should be corrected if possible. This breed seems to have a problem with an overshot lower jaw , which contributes greately to this problem.

    Source(s): Breeder for 35 yrs
  • 1 decade ago

    It usually means the puppy's baby teeth didn't fall out before the adult teeth grew in. If the puppy gets much older have a vet check it. It isn't usually a problem and the baby teeth will fall out, but occasionally gum irritation and/or infection can occur if it goes on too many months.

  • 1 decade ago

    He has probably retained his puppy teeth.You need to make an appointment to have them removed,as they will cause problems as he gets older.Food will become lodged between the two sets of teeth and cause horrible-smelling breath and possible gum and teeth infections.It's best to do it as soon as possible as it may be uncomfortable for him as well.

    Source(s): Have owned dogs for 40 years and once had a Chihuahua with retained baby teeth,which were removed when he was neutered.
  • Sammy
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    1 decade ago

    Shitzu have a tendency to have crooked teeth not sure why. Not much I think you can do about it. Just try to keep them clean.

  • 5 years ago

    He wouldn't have that. likely, he has retained his infant tooth and his grownup tooth had to boost in with different tooth nonetheless there.i don't be attentive to the fee to get the extras bumped off, yet you do could do it. those greater tooth could make eating painful and confusing on your dogs.

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