Date: Spring 2011
Is human teeth the same as dog or cat teeth?
That is a good question. Dog, cat and human teeth are all the same in one sense: they are all composed of the same materials organized in the same manner (enamel, dentine, and pulp). The big difference is their shape and they type of foods they are designed to work with. Cats and dogs are typically carnivores and have sharp pointed teeth (canine teeth) used for biting and tearing their food. They also have molars like we have for chewing. Adult dogs have about 40 teeth, cats have about 30 and humans have about 32 teeth. Cats and dogs also lose their baby teeth as their adult teeth erupt like humans.
I hope this helps.
Louis M. Huzella, DVM
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