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Old 01-14-2019, 08:16 PM
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Can a state vet know how old your dog is by the teeth and dog fea

My dog died over two weeks ago and I am having a necrospy done by a state vet in Virginia. This state vet has been doing necropies for over 25 years. Their has always been a question about my dog's age because I got him at the humane society and they said he was 9 years old back in 2016 when I got him. The state vet said my dog was 16 years old when he died on December 28, 2018. He made this determination of 16 years old when he said that he looked at my dog's teeth and bone features. My question is can he determine exactly how old my dog's age was by looking at his teeth and bone features? He did not say it was a estimate or a guess but said my dog was 16 years old. Is this possible?
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Old 01-15-2019, 05:21 AM
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Yes, as far as I know, you can tell by their teeth and bone, although giving an exact age is a bit off. I'm sorry for your loss.
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They can make an educated guess based on the maturity of the tooth. Of course a lot of factors can be involved, so the doctor can be off a few years or so. Genetics play a big part in it. So sorry for your loss.
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I don't think they can state definitively by the teeth, but they can probably get in the ball park, pairing that with bone structure I'd think that they could probably give a pretty accurate guess.
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