My puppy has double teeth in several areas. What should I do?
"Double teeh" indicates your puppy has kept some of his deciduous, or puppy teeth, instead of losing them as his permanent teeth came in.
Retained deciduous teeth are a big problem for your puppy--the retained deciduous teeth can cause his permanent teeth to misalign and mal-occlude.
Furthermore, the retained puppy teeth cause the gums to fail to seal around the permanent teeth, creating an open conduit for infection and filth up the shaft of the permanent tooth, setting the permanent tooth up for a root abscess.
Thirdly, retained deciduous teeth have lost their self-cleansing mechanism, and end up getting packed with bits of food, hair, grass, carpet, and anything else the puppy chews on--creating a horrendously foul mouth and severe gingivitis.
Any pet with retained deciduous teeth should be examined by on of the staff doctors at Windmill Animal Hospital, and arrangements made for extraction. Commonly, extracting retained deciduous teeth is done at the same time as neuter or spay.