wolf earth png.png

Let's talk about...

Health Testing
for
Doodles!

DNA, OFA, PennHIP, and more! 

Written By:
Dr. Jordy Mogen
Vet & Breeder

THE BASICS

CanineDentitionkey.png

NORMAL

Dogs have 42 teeth;  12 incisors, 4 canines, 16 pre-molars, and 10 molars. In a normal occlusion, more common referred to as "bite", the upper incisors should gently overlap the lower incisors and the lower canine should land between the 3rd upper incisor and the upper canine. 

The most common malocclusion in dogs is linguoverted mandibular canines,  AKA

 

BASE NARROW CANINES

CaninesLabel.png

Base narrow canines, which we will now refer to as BNCs, occur when  one or both

of the mandibular canine teeth point inward toward the tongue and make contact with the upper gums and/or soft palate, often resulting in a small defect in the soft tissue. 

Examples

Untitled design (1).jpg

Normal

Mild BNC

Untitled design (2).jpg

Normal

Mild BNC

Untitled design (3).jpg

Mild BNCs with small defects in the gingiva & palate

breed specific testing ofa - CHIC certification 

pennhip 

gana and alaa publish recommendations 

Click the buttons below to learn more!