Teeth are an important part of our pet’s anatomy. They are used every day to chew food and play with toys. Teeth are subject to a lot of wear and tear over the life of your pet. Healthy teeth are essential for a good quality of life.
Here are some interesting facts about teeth:
The teething stage of a Shih Tzu puppy
First things first; Don’t worry if you start to see tiny blood spots on your Shih Tzu’s toys or loose teeth in your carpet. This is completely normal during the teething phases. But when should you expect this to start and eventually stop?
Here is an overview of the teething stages you can expect to experience with a Shih Tzu puppy.
Your Shih Tzu’s Teeth as a Puppy
As with any breed of puppy, the Shih Tzu begins life as a blind, deaf, and toothless baby.
These puppies depend on their mother (or human surrogate) for everything and can only drink liquids for several weeks because they have no teeth to chew food.
Here at NSVC, we see a lot of rabbits, which means we see a lot of buck teeth and buck dental problems. Unlike cats and dogs, rabbits are herbivores. This means that instead of having teeth that are meant for ripping and tearing, their teeth are meant for cutting and grinding. Rabbits also have only 28 teeth, two fewer than cats and 12 fewer than dogs.
Behind their prehensile (grasping) lips, rabbits have four incisors, two on the top and two on the bottom. Behind the upper incisors are two small «peg teeth.» These extra teeth help the incisors to cut plant matter into small pieces. Rabbits have eleven «molars» or premolars and molars on each side of their mouths: six on the top and five on the bottom. These teeth grind plant material before swallowing it. Rabbits do not have canine teeth.
Rabbit teeth are hypsodontic, meaning they continue to grow throughout the rabbit’s life. This unique feature of buck teeth means a whole set of equally unique dental problems. The most common problem is malocclusion, where the upper and lower jaws do not line up correctly. This means that the alignment of the teeth is incorrect and the teeth will not wear down efficiently. This can lead to overgrown teeth.
Most puppies like to play on ice because they are crunchy and they can chase them when they slip on the floor, and trying to bite them can soothe itchy feet. gums.