Puppy Teething: A Survival Guide
Congratulations on your new puppy! This adorable, four-legged family member is going to bring you love and affection — and also some challenges, including how to survive teething.
When Do Puppy’s Teeth Fall Out?
Puppies get their baby teeth as early as two-weeks old. As puppies grow, they explore their world with their mouths. When a puppy is about 3-to-4-months-old, puppy teeth begin to fall out to make room for 42 adult teeth.
This process can be awfully painful for your pup — his gums will be sore. When teething occurs, you might notice the puppy drooling or see little spots of blood on his dog toys, although if you notice anything unusual, talk to your vet since both symptoms could also be related to a more serious issue.
Once your puppy is 6-months-old, his baby teeth should have fallen out. If you find that some don’t fall out, be sure to tell your vet. They may need to be removed by a vet.
How to Survive Puppy Teething
The teething process is very uncomfortable for a puppy. Your job as a responsible owner is to provide something your pup can chew on to soothe sore gums and help make this process a little more comfortable. By doing so, you’ll be preventing the puppy from finding something on his own to chew, whether it’s your shoes, your couch, or your children’s toys.
The best objects to offer teething puppies depend on your dog’s size and level of activity. They include rubber teething toys that you can put in the freezer, such as puppy teething rings, and dog chew toys, all of which can be purchased from Universe of Pets.
Ask your vet what the safest chew toys are for your puppy, and whatever you choose, always supervise chewing and playtime because nothing is safe for every dog. Allowing puppies and older dogs to chew anything very hard can cause damage to their teeth. Check the dog toys periodically to ensure they aren’t falling apart. Your puppy should not be able to chew chunks off or pull pieces of fiber or stuffing from them. Sticks can also be hazardous, although many puppies chew them.
Caring for a Puppy’s Adult Teeth
Once your dog has all of his adult teeth, you want to ensure that they stay pearly white. Begin a healthy-teeth routine by getting your puppy used to having his mouth and teeth touched at an early age.
You can purchase a dog-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste (an enzymatic product is recommended as it works both mechanically and chemically to remove plaque). Do not use human toothpaste because it can make your dog sick if he swallows it.
Also keep in mind that even though they are no longer teething, adult dogs still like to chew. So continue to give your dog chew toys and edibles that will satisfy this natural instinct and can help keep teeth clean, too.
Good luck with your new puppy, and enjoy guiding him through this important time. Before long, the memories of your pup as a nipping, chewing little monster will be something you look back on fondly.