I saw a new client with a 4-year-old Dalmatian, Bonnie, yesterday that was having a false pregnancy.
During the course of the physical examination I discovered that the dog had some missing maxillary and mandibular premolar teeth. No one had pointed this out to the owner previously.
I recommended that the missing teeth should be radiographed, which I will do in the future. The owner is keen to breed from the bitch, and tested it previously for the breed associated inherited diseases.
I tend to see “missing teeth” more commonly in certain breeds, e.g. Labradors, and my question is whether there is an inherited predisposition.
If there is one, then, I should dissuade my client from breeding.
I look forward to reading your posts.
With best wishes,