Is your puppy teething? A young teething puppy may be cute and adorable but his urge to chew on and destroy things can be a pretty frustrating activity for you. You do not want him to destroy your valuables, right?
A puppy’s teething phase usually begins around 16 weeks. At this age, your puppy’s permanent teeth will start to grow and their gums can get uncomfortable so they start to chew on things. Before your bags, smartphones, slipper, and other things get all chewed up, check out these tips on how to help your teething puppy.
Encourage Your Teething Puppy To Chew on the Right Objects
When your pup reaches his teething phase, you must encourage him to chew on the right objects, such as chew toys. You could train and encourage him by rewarding him for chewing toys, including:
- Teething rings
- Squeaky toys
- Chilly Bone
By doing this, your puppy will understand that he is not allowed to chew on just about anything.
Remember to watch over your puppy while he chews on and plays with his toys to avoid accidents.
Give Your Teething Puppy Some Frozen Treats
Aside from relieving your pup’s discomfort, giving him frozen treats can be healthy too. You can give your pup the following cold treats:
- Carrots – By giving your dog cold carrots to chew on, you can help relieve his discomfort. Aside from that, carrots are rich in vitamins and minerals. You should try to make sure that you do not give him more than one whole carrot per day because it is high in fiber.
- Strawberries – Frozen strawberries can make good teething treats for your pup too. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, besides being tasty.
- Bananas – Like strawberries, bananas are tasty and full of vitamins and frozen ones may help relieve oral discomfort in pups.
Give Your Teething Puppy Frozen Bagels
Give your puppy some frozen mini bagels but never give him the ones with onions. Choose the plain or fruit variety. Aside from helping the pup soothe his gums, the denseness of the bagel can help remove their loose puppy teeth.
Give Your Teething Puppy a Frozen Towel
If you ran out of cold treats or if your puppy got tired of his usual chew toys, a frozen towel can help. Just soak the towel in water, twist it so it looks like a rope, and put it in the freezer.
When your pup chews on the chilled towel, it can relieve his oral discomfort. Plus the towel’s chewiness can help encourage your pup’s appropriate biting behavior.
Some Things To Take Note of When Your Puppy is Teething
Seeing your puppy uncomfortable can be hard but never give him any over-the-counter pain medications to relieve discomfort. Always consult with your veterinarian regarding any medication since even holistic remedies can be bad for puppies.
Take your puppy to the vet regularly to check the occlusion of his teeth as he grows older. The veterinarian will be able to address any teeth alignment issues immediately to prevent permanent dental issues when your pup becomes an adult.