Puppy Teething — A Complete Guide
Puppy teething is a stage of dog ownership that everyone has to go through (unless they adopt an older dog, of course). Teething is when your dog begins to lose their baby teeth and their adult teeth begin to grow in, and it can last for quite some time.
Since a lot of people aren’t familiar with the process if it’s their first time owning a dog, here’s everything you need to know about teething.
When Does Teething Happen?
Puppies go through teething pretty much continuously, but the main teething happens when they’re around twelve weeks old and will continue until they’re around six months. Teething is a long process and there will be certain points where it’s more uncomfortable for the puppy than others.
There are quite a few signs to show you that your puppy is teething.
Puppies bite — that’s pretty much unavoidable! However, when teething, you might notice this gets a little extra.
Because the process is uncomfortable and they’re looking to soothe their mouth, they’ll try to put your teeth on anything. Their biting may get a little fiercer around this time and those nips might hurt a lot more.
Puppy Teething – Behavioral Changes
Because they’re uncomfortable, you might notice some behavioral changes. They might be more hyperactive and frustrated, or they might whine a little more than you’re used to.
Don’t worry. This is all pretty normal for teething, though you can contact your veterinarian if it seems extreme and you’re concerned.
Loss Of Appetite
Their discomfort might mean they lose their appetite. If this happens, you can soak their food in some water to make it softer, or even some flavored broth.
If you do choose to use broth, make sure it’s free of onions and garlic, which are toxic to dogs.
The main way you might notice teething is the visible loss of teeth! When your puppies teeth fall out, they might swallow them, but they also might fall to the floor. Many people choose to keep the teeth they find from their puppy.
Puppy Teething – How To Deal With It
Dealing with teething can be frustrating in more ways than one. You want to help your puppy, since you can see the pain and discomfort, but their biting hurts you too!
In terms of helping your pup, you should provide lots of outlets for their teeth. Frozen baby carrots and ice cubes are great options for giving your dog something cold to gnaw on. You can also soak a small towel and freeze it. Frozen KONGs are another great option, filled with banana or other yummy and safe foods.
The key is giving them so much to chew on that they aren’t tempted to bite you.
If they still have a tendency to put their teeth on you, you should focus on redirection and ignoring them. End playtime and walk away whenever your puppy bites you. That way, they’ll learn that biting doesn’t get them what they want.
You can also give a loud yelp to signal that they hurt you, as this is how they learn from other dogs.
Puppy Teething – Other Potential Problems
For most people, teething goes off without a hitch — in terms of your puppy’s health, anyway!
Sometimes, however, baby teeth don’t fall out properly and it results in “double teeth”. This usually means that the baby teeth have to be removed by a vet.
If your puppy is experiencing any of the following symptoms, something may be wrong and you should call your vet:
- An obvious bad odor
- Teething symptoms way beyond six months old
- Reluctance to eat at all
- Puppy is in clear pa
At the end of the day, teething happens to every dog, but you know your puppy best. If you’re concerned about what they’re experiencing, call your vet.
Teething can be a tough time for owners. Both you and your pup are likely to get frustrated, and those puppy teeth in your skin are no joke! Try to remain calm and provide your dog with many outlets for their teeth. Remember that teething is as painful for your dog as it is for you and have patience. Before long, their adult teeth will come through and you’ll be saved!