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Hi there, your vet is right! If the teeth need to come out, they will need anesthesia, and you might as well do the spay at that time as well, to reduce the amount of taxing her liver can take during a young age. Leaving deciduous teeth can cause over crowding, which isn't so much a problem in terms of malloclusion and causing improper wear, as it is with jaw structure, and possible nerve damage in the future. Retained decidous teeth are really common in small breed dogs, and we pull them all the time, but it is difficult to re-correct any malloclusion that has already occured. If you want, they DO have "doggy braces"...but other than aesthetic reasons, there isn't really a point =). Malloclusion of just adult teeth is fine in more cases, on the other hand in rabbits and rodents, malloclusion is a BIG deal.

If there is anything we can do to help your decision to spay her, trust me, there are plenty of knowledgable people here who can sway your decision =)

-Nate
 
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