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why don't dogs & cats lose their teeth?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by nonsqtr, Jun 12, 2005.


  1. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Is "losing a tooth" a uniquely human thing?

    We've had plenty of pets, dogs and cats both, and I've never known any of them to lose a tooth.

    What's up with that?

    Have you ever known a dog or cat to lose a tooth from "natural causes"?
     
  2. yup, my cats lost a few front teeth with age.. they are both 10 now and have some missin...
     
  3. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    i once knew a cat that lost a fang
     
  4. Only

    Only

    Sep 8, 2002
    Warrensburg, MO
    My dad had a cat up until last year that had lost all of her teeth. His current cat is short a couple fangs, too.

    His current cat is 22, though, so I think it's expected at that age.
     
  5. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    I've had both dogs and cats that lost teeth as they got older.
     
  6. canopener

    canopener

    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    Sharks have a conveyor belt of teeth, dogs have baby teeth just like us. You just don't see them after they fall out, they usually eat them...
     
  7. fraublugher

    fraublugher

    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    they dont live long enough
     
  8. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    So, I'm mostly hearing an age-related thing.

    Do you think those "teeth-cleaning" products for pets are a good idea?

    Like those plasticky strips for dogs, that they can chew on? They have some kind of a special shape, that gets in between their teeth and helps clean them out?
     
  9. canopener

    canopener

    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    Yes. Not only does it smell better, they'll be less prone to infection through their mouths (at least for dogs).
     
  10. Ericman197

    Ericman197

    Feb 23, 2004
    Iowa
    No. Most of these products are for dog owners that have nothing better to do than to dress their dogs up in sweaters. I give my dogs bones and various chewy toys and they seem to be doing fine. I'll buy them things, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy something specific or special.
     
  11. Tash

    Tash

    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    Its a very good idea to have both dogs and cats teeth cleaned about twice a year by your vet, even if you do it yourself (very hard with cats) its impossible to do a complete job without putting the animal under.

    Even with regular dental care its expected that cats and dogs will loose teeth as they age. Unless it gets to the point that they can no longer chew food its nothing to worry about.

    And as someone mentioned puppies and kittens usually swallow their baby teeth (called "milk teeth") and reabsorb the calcium.
     
  12. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I can't believe nobody's pointed out the obvious thing - that Cats and Dogs don't have the completely unnatural diet that we do, with sugar and things like chocolate, sweetened drinks etc. that are incredibly bad for teeth!!
     
  13. NOISE!

    NOISE!

    Jun 20, 2004
    In your mind
    Yes, but this why we hairless beach apes began to adhere short bristles to sticks and rub our teeth with them :p
     
  14. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Me Tarzan - you Cheetah!!?? ;)
     
  15. Johnny Fila

    Johnny Fila Formerly "The Crusader"

    Nov 21, 2004
    Elmont, NY (near NYC)
    mmmmmm kibble. now there's something found in nature :D
     

  16. Hahaha! Classic. pwned! and all that nonsense. ;)
     
  17. puppy's have somthing called milk teeth that they lose as they get older

    http://www.puppychow.com/Grooming/Dental_Care.aspx
    "Puppies have 28 temporary teeth (called puppy teeth or milk teeth) that start coming in at about 4 weeks of age. They generally fall out between 14 and 30 weeks of age and are replaced by 42 adult teeth. "
     
  18. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I have no idea what "kibble" is, but anyway, it's still the case that human beings have their teeth and gums attacked by an un-natural sugary diet and that's the main reason why our teeth fall out or decay! :meh:
     
  19. Bruce, kibble is another name for hard dog food.

    And yes, refined sugars are no good for you, we get it. :D
     
  20. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    MMMmmm...

    Vanilla Mint Kibble.