Ah, the joy of bringing a new puppy into your home – those adorable, fluffy bundles of energy and love. However, as any experienced dog owner will tell you, along with the joy comes the challenge of puppy teething. Teething is a natural and necessary process for puppies, but it can be a trying time for both the puppy and its owner.
Puppy teething typically begins around three to four weeks of age and can continue until they are six months to a year old, depending on the breed. During this time, puppies start to lose their baby teeth as their adult teeth emerge. Teething can cause discomfort, irritability, and a strong urge to chew.
Signs of Teething:
- Chewing: Puppies chew to alleviate the discomfort associated with teething. Be prepared for them to target everything from your favorite shoes to chair legs.
- Swollen Gums: You may notice that your puppy's gums are red and swollen during the teething process.
- Drooling: Excessive drooling is another common sign of teething in puppies.
- Appetite Changes: Some puppies may experience a temporary decrease in appetite due to the discomfort in their mouths.
Tips for Surviving Puppy Teething:
Provide Appropriate Chew Toys:
- Invest in a variety of safe and durable chew toys to satisfy your puppy's natural chewing instincts.
- Freeze toys or wet a washcloth and then freeze it – the cold can help soothe sore gums.
Use Teething Gels or Toys:
- Explore teething gels or toys specifically designed to provide relief for teething puppies.
- Ensure that any products used are safe and approved by your veterinarian.
Practice Positive Reinforcement:
- Encourage good behavior by praising and rewarding your puppy when they chew on appropriate items.
- Redirect them to their toys if you catch them chewing on something they shouldn't.
Maintain a Healthy Diet:
- Provide a balanced and nutritious diet to support overall health, including dental health.
- Consult with your veterinarian about special teething diets or treats that may help.
- We recommend our Braids - Lamb, Goat, Beef or Camel and they are all suitable from 8 weeks old.
Regular Vet Check-ups:
- Schedule regular veterinary check-ups to monitor your puppy's teething progress and address any concerns.
- Discuss options for pain relief or additional guidance on managing teething challenges.
While puppy teething can be a challenging phase for both you and your furry friend, it's important to remember that it's a temporary stage in their development. With patience, understanding, and a proactive approach, you can navigate the teething phase successfully. By providing appropriate outlets for chewing, maintaining a healthy diet, and seeking guidance from your veterinarian, you'll help your puppy transition into adulthood with a healthy, happy smile.