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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-15-2013, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Surgery or no surgery??

Hi guys, yesterday I took my 9 week old cavalier King Charles spaniel to the vets for his first vaccination. During his overall examination the vet pointed out that his lower jaw was shorter than his top jaw and said he would need an operation in the next few weeks to remove his lower incisers so that his jaw could continue to grow without the teeth pushing into his hard pallate.

Basically what I'm wanting to know is if it worth the stress and pain for the puppy to go through even though he will be loosing his baby teeth in a few weeks anyway. And there is also the risk that comes with any procedure done under anaesthetic.

Any information or help that anyone could give me would be a great help.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-15-2013, 10:40 PM
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I would definitely get a second - and third - opinion. I think some vets are way too quick in making these decisions (just like some human doctors are). I would be interested to hear what you ended up doing, since I see this is an old post! But it is still a valid issue and concern for other readers.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-17-2013, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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I saw a second vet and she said it is only a minor overbite so surgery should be a last option. He is now 5 months old and has lost his front teeth (not too sure about the others) and his jaw isn't causing any problems for him. He can eat and drink fine and his hard palate is completely fine, it is really just a cosmetic problem but he is still cute thanks for your help x
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-19-2013, 03:14 PM
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I would definitely get a second - and third - opinion. I think some vets are way too quick in making these decisions (just like some human doctors are). I would be interested to hear what you ended up doing, since I see this is an old post! But it is still a valid issue and concern for other readers.

I totally agree with what ElisMD has to say, and thanks for keeping us updated.
I guess getting that second opinion worked out well for you. Since his overbite is not causing him any problems I would just consider that it gives him 'character'!!


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Glad you got second opinion, and when you say it seems like doesn't bother him then just supervise him for any cause. Human and animal body usually get used to whenever there is a special case, as long as it doesn't totally effects any system.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-24-2013, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all your help I really appreciate it x
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2013, 10:49 AM
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I would be on board with supervising the dog and see if it bothers them.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2013, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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As he's gotten a little bigger his jaw seems to have grown out so it is an even smaller overbite. He is still eating and drinking fine and the vet (our new one that gave us the second opinion) says it isn't causing his any medical problems, it is merely a cosmetic thing.

Thank you for everyone who has replied you've all been a great help for me and Opie
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http://http://www.paw-talk.net/forum...pictureid=5087

If I've done this right the link above should go to a picture of his overbite
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