8 Questions about Dog’s Teeth that You Thought You Knew

We are busting the myth’s of dogs teeth! It is time to answer the questions you thought you knew but probably didn’t.

1. How many teeth do dogs have?
Adult dogs have 42 teeth, which is about 10 more than humans do! Puppies only have 28 teeth, which is 8 more than human babies.

2. When do puppies lose their baby teeth?
At about 12-16 weeks. Most puppies will have lost all their baby teeth by 4 months old.

3. Can you tell how old a dog is by his teeth?
Not really. You can tell roughly how old a puppy is by looking to see if they still have baby teeth or not. But once their adult teeth come in then there is no sure fire way to tell just by looking at their teeth. There are too many factors that can affect an adult dog’s teeth, such as losing a tooth, gum disease, periodontal disease, and general wear and tear. Also, depending on how good their dental health care is (do you brush your dog’s teeth? Do you get annual dental cleanings?) will make a big difference in how their teeth look.

4. Do Dog’s regrow teeth?
No they do not. There is a myth that if they lose a tooth they will grow a new one. The only tooth that will replace itself is a baby tooth. Otherwise, once a tooth is gone, it is gone.

5. Do dog’s get cavities?
Yes they can. This is why good dental health is important. Because veterinarians don’t fill dog cavities like human dentists do for people, they only treatment for a bad cavity is extraction. But brushing your dog’s teeth and annual cleanings at the vet will keep them free and clear of most cavities and dental issues.

6. Do Smaller dog’s have more teeth issues than bigger dogs?
No, not specifically. The bigger issue is whether the dog’s teeth are cramped in their mouth. If the teeth fit nicely and are not all cramped up, then they will have no more issues than anyone other dog. If their teeth are super cramped then they will be more likely to have plaque buildup and therefor dental health issues. Though some smaller breeds are more prone to cramped teeth, any breed of dog can have this issue.

7. What is that big weird tooth in my dog’s mouth?
This is called their carnassial tooth. It is a special shape to help shear, crush and hold things when a dog bites. This is why dogs grab chew toys with the side of their mouth.


8. I can’t brush my dog’s teeth, what else can I do?

Some dogs just won’t let you brush their teeth. It is best if you can get them use to it when they are puppies. But if your dog just won’t let you, call a groomer and see if they might be able to. Otherwise, make sure to bring your do into your Albuquerque veterinary office for an annual dental cleaning to make sure that they continue to have good teeth health.

How to Brush Your Dogs Teeth

February is Pet Dental Health month, and just like with people, brushing your dog’s teeth is vital to maintaining proper dental health. A lot of people find brushing dog teeth to be a scary and daunting idea, so instead of trying, they just give the whole thing a big skip. Brushing your dog’s teeth is not that hard, once you know how to do it. We found a great video by the AKC that shows you how best to brush your dog’s teeth.

Always take precautions when brushing your dog’s teeth. If your dog is acting aggressive, it is better to err on the side of caution and have a professional brush their teeth. If you have never brushed your dog’s don’t expect to get their teeth all pearly white, what you are more trying to promote good healthy gums and decreased plaque and tartar build up. If you have concerns about your pets teeth, bring them in to our Albuquerque veterinary clinic on Menaul for a checkup.

Vetequitte- Etiquette tips for the Vet’s Office

Albuquerque Vetco

Albuquerque VetcoVetco in Albuquerque can be a fun place for your pet or a stressful one. The best way to make it fun, or at least reduce the stress, is to follow some basic Vet office etiquette.

Pets in Carriers or on Leashes

You may love how friendly your dog is but not everyone around you may love that. The best way to minimize any potential encounters, or spreading of infection (even though we are a well animal vet clinic, some animals are sick when they come into the clinic), is to keep them from interacting with the other pets. Keeping your your pet in a carrier or on a leash will reduce any incidents.

Discuss Finances Before Your Visit

If you are concerned about paying for your pets veterinary bill, please call and speak with us prior to your visit. We may be able to offer you coupons, or programs through the city, but if you ask for help after services have been performed there may be less we can do to help.

Be On Time

We offer a no appointment necessary walk-in daily shot clinic. So you can just come by any time you want. However, if you do have an appointment, make sure you are on time. We see a lot of pets and if you miss your appointment time, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to see your pet that day.

One Appointment is For One Pet Unless You Ask First

If you have 3 dogs and want all of them to be seen by the vet, you need to let vet assistant know at the time of booking. We have to make sure we schedule your appointment to cover the amount of time needed to see all of your pets. If you show up with more than one pet, and didn’t let us know in advance, we may not be able to see the extra pets.

Get Off Your Cell Phone

Being at a veterinary office can be stressful for your pet. While you are there with them, you need to give your pet your full attention. Also, the sound of phone’s ringing can be stressful for some pets. Please put your cell phone on silent and put it away.

Accidents Happen

We know accidents happen. It is never a big deal if your pet goes potty, or vomits, on the floor. If it happens, don’t worry about cleaning it up. We have all the proper disinfectants and cleaning tools. Just make sure to let someone at the desk know so they can get it taken care of. We don’t want your pet to get it all over them, or anyone else for that matter.

e unwanted pets. Clinic staff must consider how they are going to pay for their pet’s care, whether they can have another pet in their apartment/house and if they have the time for the proper enrichment of an additional pet. Even if they would love to take every pet that walked through the door, it just isn’t practical.

If you bring into the clinic a pet that you found, be prepared to pay for its care. If you can’t pay anything, please don’t be angry with the veterinary clinic for expecting you to do so. It’s their job. There are rescue organizations and humane societies out there that are financially equipped to handle strays.

Don’t Feed The Animals

It is a great idea to bring treats for your pet. This can help keep them happy and calm. But your treats are not necessarily suitable for all pets. Please do not share your treats with anyone’s pet without asking them first.

Don’t Share Your Toys

Bringing toys is a great way to keep your dog calm at the vet’s office. Even if other pets are interested in your toy’s, do not share. It is very common for dog’s to fight over toys and we don’t want anyone to accidentally get hurt.