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BoxerLove 04-10-2008 12:30 AM

New-ish Boxer Pup
Hi all, I'm new to the forums and I had a question about my new little baby. I took her to the vet about a month ago for her first set of puppy shots. When the vet was giving her a routine exam he said that she had an "unusual underbite" and that Boxers aren't supposed to have them. He also said she's going to need frequent dentals. Now, I used to work at a veterinary office so I know a fairly good amount about dogs. One thing I know is that bully breeds are bred to have an underbite. Am I incorrect? Also, all dogs need dentals, but just because she has an underbite does that REALLY mean she is going to need a whole lot more than a dog with a normal bite?

I am asking because I want to make sure I'm getting my little baby excellent care and if the vet I'm taking her to doesn't know something as little as that, am I going to have problems in the future? I'm also asking because I'm on a tight budget as it is, and I can't afford to be paying an extra $300 for dentals that aren't needed.

Any help that anyone can give is greatly appreciated.

Mallory 04-10-2008 03:08 PM

Huh. Now, I'm no vet, but I've seen plenty of Boxers in my life... and they all have had underbites. So... I dunno what he's referring to unless its very severe or something.

If it IS very severe I can see him saying she'd need her teeth cleaned more often because chewy toys wouldn't do as well "scrubbing" them or something, if her bite is extremely off. But honestly, I can't even say that makes any sense to me. lol

Anyways, she is gorgeous, and hey! I'd love to see pics of your Great Dane. I have one also. ;)

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