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    Hi everyone,

    I'm a little stunned & confused. Last night, while brushing Charlie's teeth, I discovered that he has what is called "Shark teeth"- TWO ROWS of top front teeth! I'm in sort of a panick, (but luckily we're seeing the Vet tonight).
    My co-worker just told me that she read one row should definitely be removed. Has anyone ever heard of this on a Cavalier?

    Does anyone think I should call the breeder and inform her, or send the breeder her the Vet bill and demand she pay it?

    This is so strange!!
    Brenda
    Charlie (Cav - 11 Mos.) and Michi (Siamese -12 Yrs.)

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    How old is he? Could it be that his baby teeth didn't fall out yet?
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    It's probably his baby teeth that haven't fallen out yet, very common. The vet will probably recommend pulling them if they are still there at the time of his nueter.
    Jen, Abbey (Tri Cavalier) & Gus (White Min. Schnauzer)

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    If he's under 6-9 months the adult teeth sometimes come in while the baby teeth are there. Vets like to pull them but they do tend to all come out over time and unless really necessary I wouldn;t want to put him under for this alone. Try giving him some rawhide chews and other chews -- they help loosen the old teeth. If he is older and they are all there they will probably want to take out the baby teeth, perhaps at the time of his neuter.
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    Charlie is almost 6 months and he has been teething, so he's constantly chewing on his chew toys.
    The strange thing is that both rows of teeth are the same size, they are not "adult-looking" pretty scarey, they look like Piranha fish teeth!
    From the quick online research I just did, I found that this happens in small breeds. I also found two different reasons: 1) their mouths are too small and so the teeth spread out, and 2) the baby teeth haven't fallen out yet and the adult teeth grow in (like you all mentioned).
    They must've just grown out because the Vet didn't mention anything about this when we were there a few weeks ago. Luckily we'll see him today (for a vaccine & to schedule his neutering surgery) and we'll see what he says about this. I'll report back.
    Thanks again!
    Brenda
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    We call Shelby "shark mouth" because her teeth are small and pointy. They are her adult teeth but they are so tiny. She also gobbles like a shark!!
    Cathy
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    Sounds as if he has his puppy teeth yet. Hopefully they will fall out on their own, sometimes the vet needs to surgically remove them though.

    Bentley's were very firmly planted for quite a while and then one day they loosened right up and fell out on their own.....and I was about to make an appointment with my vet.
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    King had that, not a whole row of teeth, just one tooth....it my vet said if it didn't fall out by 7 months of age then pulling it was the only way to go...But luckly the tooth fell out 2 days after seeing the vet
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    Well, we saw the Vet last Friday, and it turns out that they are his baby teeth that never fell out on their own. He also said that it is genetic w/ small breeds.

    Anyhow, he will have them taken out during his neuter & hernia surgery (poor little guy ).

    For those who are curious as to what two rows of teeth look like, here's a photo we somehow managed to take:


    Brenda
    Charlie (Cav - 11 Mos.) and Michi (Siamese -12 Yrs.)

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    Thanks for posting that picture Brenda. I never had this issue with either of mine and was always curious about what it looked like.
    Cathy
    Loving mom to Jake, Shelby and Micah

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