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my dog is around 13 and his teeth seem loose. he's always had dry dog food and doesn't seem to be losing weight. i don't know if he is experiecing pain but i worry about him. he has also developed the habit of walking backwards. we think it's because he is afraid if getting stepped on since he has arthritis now. it's like he wants to be able to walk around snd still "see" what is going on around him. my mom breeds chihuahuas and they always seem to be really bad about running into right where you want to walk. sometimes we aren't even sure if he can see or hear all that well, but he does this weird dance around the kitchen to get from a to b. does anyone know anything i can do to help him? i've read that tooth extraction is a common result of this but i'm afraid he wouldn't have any teeth left after that.
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If it was me, I think I would bring him to the vet, it could be painful and they have no way of really letting us know they are in pain. It would be terrible for him if he had constant tooth pain.

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My last Chi (17) had to have loads of teeth out,he managed fine,would soak the dry kibble till soft for him,he does need to see a vet.The going backwards,Lily does that so she always gets out the way of your feet( CLEVER) .The vet could also give you something to help with the arthritis.
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Cookie was 13 when he had his last op on his teeth. I was worried sick because of his age but I had all the pre op bloods done and he came out fine and was home the same day. It's best to get them taken out and whatever is left cleaned to be honest.

Cookie is touch wood ok health wise so far. He doesn't like to walk far and won't walk down the stairs or on our hard floor so I lift him over that. He's a bit grumpy and likes to sleep but that's to be expected at his age.

I suggest you take your Chi to the vet and see what they recommend.
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My last Chi (17) had to have loads of teeth out,he managed fine,would soak the dry kibble till soft for him,he does need to see a vet.The going backwards,Lily does that so she always gets out the way of your feet( CLEVER) .The vet could also give you something to help with the arthritis.
Michele I hope mine live to that age. 17 is fantastic.
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my dog is around 13 and his teeth seem loose. he's always had dry dog food and doesn't seem to be losing weight. i don't know if he is experiecing pain but i worry about him. he has also developed the habit of walking backwards. we think it's because he is afraid if getting stepped on since he has arthritis now. it's like he wants to be able to walk around snd still "see" what is going on around him. my mom breeds chihuahuas and they always seem to be really bad about running into right where you want to walk. sometimes we aren't even sure if he can see or hear all that well, but he does this weird dance around the kitchen to get from a to b. does anyone know anything i can do to help him? i've read that tooth extraction is a common result of this but i'm afraid he wouldn't have any teeth left after that.
also Cookie has had his teeth out twice and now has only a few on one side but he eats fine. A lot slower and you have to give him small bits but he eats with no problem really. I give mini dog food which has tiny pieces and he eats it right up.
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Yes. Off to the vet you go. Loose teeth are not normal and they will probably need to be removed. Dogs are very stoic. You may not know they are in pain until the discomfort is almost unbearable.
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You could but him on soft food.And just keep an eye on him because he might need some teeth pulled.
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