Tooth be Told: A Guide to Teething Puppies

According to the American Kennel Club, your puppy can grow baby teeth as early as two weeks — much earlier than humans. These fall off at 3 to 4 months and are replaced by permanent teeth. A full set of 42 pearly whites should be in by 6 to 7 months.

While teething, your puppy may become more clingy than usual and want to chew on everything in sight, such as your shoes, furniture, hands, anything. This is perfectly normal behavior and gives them much-needed relief from the discomfort they’re experiencing.

Here are a few tips to help you get through this phase:

1. Provide Them Something to Chew On

Give your puppy things to chew on, such as Kongs stuffed with peanut butter, Nylabones, or rawhide chews. Just supervise them while chewing and take the toy away if it starts to break into pieces.

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2. Don’t Give In to the Chewing

While it is tempting to give your puppy an old shoe or sock to gnaw on, this will only encourage bad behavior. Instead, provide them with one of their own toys that’s okay to chew on.

If they continue to chew on something they’re not supposed to, say “no” in a firm voice and give them one of their toys.

3. Cleam Their Mouth Regularly

When your pup is teething, they will likely drool more than usual. Wipe their face with a clean cloth several times daily to keep the area clean and prevent irritation.

Brush their teeth regularly to help remove any plaque or tartar building up. You can use a special puppy toothbrush and toothpaste or try this do-it-yourself method:

  • Make a mixture of 1 tsp of baking soda with 1 tbsp of water and rub it on your pup’s teeth and gums with your finger.
  • Rinse their mouth well afterward. Do this once or twice a week in addition to regular brushing.

4. Give Them Cold Treats

Offer your pup a cold, wet washcloth or a frozen veggie to chew on. This will help soothe their gums and provide relief from the pain.

For a special treat, you can also try freezing chicken broth or pet-safe ice cream in a Kong.

5. Give Them Plenty of Attention

During this time, your pup will need lots of love and attention. They may be feeling a bit uneasy and will look to you for comfort. Make sure to spend plenty of quality time with them, including lots of cuddles and playtime. This will help them feel better and prevent them from getting into trouble.

But you have to remember that giving attention doesn’t stop when they stop teething. In fact, as they grow older, they’ll need just as much attention — if not more. These include vaccinations, regular check-ups, wellness exams for dogs, etc.

6. Puppy-Proof Your Home

During this chaotic time, it’s important to puppy-proof your home as much as possible. Put away loose wires or cords, pick up anything off the floor that they could chew on, and keep them away from poisonous plants or chemicals.

It’s also good to confine them to a small area, like a crate or playpen, when you can’t supervise them. This prevents them from getting into anything they’re not supposed to and will help keep them safe.

7. Take Them to the Veterinarian

If you’re concerned about your pup’s teething or if they seem to be in a lot of pain, it’s always best to consult your veterinarian. They can give you more tips on how to help your pup through this tough time and ensure that everything is progressing normally.

The following are normal signs of teething in puppies:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Chewing on anything and everything
  • Gum redness and swelling
  • Irritability or crankiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Trouble sleeping

Similar to a cat teeth checkup, your puppy must also have their teeth checked by a veterinarian.

While teething is typical of puppyhood, some signs may indicate a more serious problem. If they show one or more of the following, take your pup to the vet right away:

  • Excessive drooling or drooling with blood
  • refusal to eat or drink
  • Fever
  • Lethargy or depression
  • Diarrhea or vomiting

Patience Is Key

Teething is a tough time for both you and your pup, but it doesn’t last forever. Just be patient and give them the care and attention they need to get through it. Soon enough, they will have all their adult teeth and return to their normal selves.