Message Number: FHL13038 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Tressie"
Date: 2011-03-17 21:52:22 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: new ferret

It would appear to be a congenital deformity. Is his snout shorter than normal, that is, compared to other ferrets you've seen or had? Some ferrets are born with pug noses, which does cause the lower teeth to protrude.

Is his other lower canine aligned normally?

Although ferrets aren't candidates for braces, there are veterinary dentists who do treat malocclusions such as the one your ferret appears to have, that is, besides removing the tooth altogether.

The issue is of course that the tooth may pierce the upper lip and over time cause a chronic sore. As well having the tooth protrude like that may cause excessive mouth dryness.

Are you within a reasonable distance to a veterinary school? There is generally a wide variety of specialists on hand. There may also be a veterinary dentist in your area. Failing that your vet can always post to VIN and get some feedback in how to deal with the tooth, if you don't want it removed.



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