How to Remove a Yorkie's Baby Teeth

Prepare for adult teeth by helping loosen your Yorkie's baby teeth.
Prepare for adult teeth by helping loosen your Yorkie's baby teeth. (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Yorkshire terrier puppies are born without teeth and at 3 to 4 weeks of age, their baby teeth start to emerge. These teeth stay with your dog until it is 4 months old, at which time the baby teeth naturally fall out and adult teeth grow in their place. Toy breeds such as the Yorkie are known to sometimes retain baby teeth longer than appropriate, and can even have an adult tooth grow in right next to a baby tooth. You can help naturally remove your dog's baby teeth in a few ways, but sometimes dental surgery is needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Teething dog toys
  • Large, crunchy dog kibble or treats
  • Dog toothbrush
  • Dog toothpaste

Give your Yorkie puppy teething toys to chew. These types of toys include rubber and soft nylon shapes and rope bones. The texture and shape of these toys help loosen your dog's baby teeth so they can fall out on their own.

Feed your Yorkie crunchy, large pieces of kibble or treats. Larger pieces of food require your dog to put extra effort into chewing, and a crunchy texture provides more resistance to loosen and remove baby teeth naturally.

Brush your Yorkie's teeth daily with a dog toothbrush and toothpaste. The motion of the bristles on your dog's outer baby teeth can help loosen the teeth further, encouraging them to fall out naturally.

Take your dog to the veterinarian, who will take x-rays and determine how likely the baby teeth are to fall out on their own. If the vet feels they are too firmly attached to the jaw, he will refer you to a dental specialist who will put your dog under anesthesia and surgically remove the teeth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never try to use your fingers or other device to pull your dog's baby teeth. Removing a tooth before it is ready to fall out can be painful and dangerous to your dog.

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