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Hello! Our Basset is just over 1 year old. Very lively boy. Raw food diet for 9 months and now high quality biscuits for around 4 months. Never been allowed junk-foody treats apart from very very rare occasions. Treats are usually dried fish or similar.

I brush his teeth very regularly but noticed he wouldn’t let me get to a certain spot without moaning. I took him to the vet and it looked to be a traumatic which had caused an erosion of the gum. Probably would have to have teeth taken out at some point but left it for time being. Took some antibiotics and it seemed to be clearing up.

However, he started not wanting me to brush the other side of his mouth and tartar has really built up. Took him back to vets and he has another erosion of gum on the other side.

He is now having all of these affected teeth out. The vet has never seen such degradation of teeth so quickly in such a young boy. She has no idea what’s causing it but is referring some pictures to specialist. There must be an underlying health issue.

I’m worried sick about my chap. Anyone had similar experiences/ideas about what’s going on?
 

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For their size, Bassets really have quite small teeth - I noticed this first when living for a couple of years with people who kept and bred Jackies. Mine have tended to need extractions (but not as young as a year!) maybe more than others, despite my best efforts.

If your pup has been eating a lot of bones, maybe this has had something to do with what's now going on but as I don't do a raw diet, I have no first-hand experience of that.

Have you spoken to his breeder because much as I hate to suggest it, it could be that this has been a problem with her hounds over time?

Poor boy, but he will cope just fine minus whatever teeth have to come out, once the gums have healed.
 

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Did he ever have any illness or reaction to vaccines when young? Also, any chance he didn't receive proper nutrition before you got him? Also, even though I am in favor of a well formulated raw diet, they can be tricky to balance, especially in a growing pup.

I did have one dog, she had a reaction to her second set of puppy shots. I have no idea if it was related, but she had the worst teeth I have ever had. By three years of age she'd had her first extractions, by six she was toothless.
 
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