Puppies - Torturous Teething

Puppies - Torturous Teething

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:

  1. Chewing: Puppies chew to alleviate the discomfort associated with teething. Be prepared for them to target everything from your favorite shoes to chair legs.
  2. Swollen Gums: You may notice that your puppy's gums are red and swollen during the teething process.
  3. Drooling: Excessive drooling is another common sign of teething in puppies.
  4. Appetite Changes: Some puppies may experience a temporary decrease in appetite due to the discomfort in their mouths.


Tips for Surviving Puppy Teething:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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