It can happen that one day you may notice that one of your dog's teeth is loose and wiggly, and next thing you know, you are wondering whether you should pull your dog's loose tooth or not. After all, isn't that what parents do when they discover that one of their children's baby teeth is loose? Regardless if your dog's loose tooth is a baby tooth or not, turns out, it's good that you have asked this question before proceeding to pulling it out, as the answer is not a no-brainer as thought. Veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Coates explains why trying to pull your dog's loose tooth may end up with more problems that you may have bargained for.
Should I Pull My Dog's Loose Tooth?
Answered by Dr. Jennifer Coates
Pulling your dog’s tooth, even if it is loose, is not a good idea – either for you or your dog. The procedure can be quite painful, and you are certainly putting yourself at risk for being bitten.
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Even if your dog does not bite, he could become resistant to you touching his mouth and head in the future since he now associates this type of handling with pain. This will make grooming, brushing his teeth, etc. more difficult in the future.
Your dog may also require veterinary attention to deal with complications associated with a loose tooth. Unless we are talking about a baby tooth, a dog’s teeth should never become loose. He may be suffering from a traumatic injury, infection, periodontal disease, cancer, or other conditions that are painful and potentially dangerous to his overall health.
Your veterinarian will need to perform a complete oral examination and possibly take some dental x-rays to determine what is going on and what needs to be done to treat it. Make an appointment with your veterinarian at your earliest convenience.
About the Author
Dr. Jennifer Coates attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for her undergraduate training in biology. She then worked for several years in the fields of conservation and animal welfare before returning to her first love, veterinary medicine. She was valedictorian of her graduating class at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and has worked as an Associate Veterinarian and Chief of Staff in several practices in Virginia, Wyoming and Colorado.
Dr. Coates is also a veterinary advisor for several companies and the author of numerous articles, short stories and books, including the Dictionary of Veterinary Terms, Vet-Speak Deciphered for the Non-Veterinarian. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband, children and pets.