Learning To Deal With Puppy Teething

Most of the puppies, no matter the breed they belong, are born without teeth. At the age of six to eight weeks a puppy receives his first tooth and from this point on they continue to grow until they will have 28 teeth, known as milk teeth or baby teeth.

The process of puppy teething lasts for several months and it goes on and off. This period of time create a lot of discomfort and you will see that your dog has a bad mood, is biting and is chewing everything around to reduce or relive the discomfort. You must take care to lo leave important things that dog shouldn’t destroy next to him because he might chew them, not because he is a bad dog, but because he has this pain and when chewing, the pain is not that big.

In this table you will see the steps of the process of puppy teething, talking about permanent teeth. The permanent teeth will replace the milk teeth, adding ten molars and four premolars. At the end of the puppy teething your dog should have 42 permanent teeth. Pursue this table and see if your puppy has a normal teething. A difference of a month or so is not to be worried, but if there is more take him to the vet to see which are the causes and what you should do.

puppy teething

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3 months

adult incisors

4 months

adult molars and adult canines

6 to 7 months

adult molars

8 months

the full set of adult teeth


Each dog has different kind of teeth used for different purposes. Now we’ll see which is good for what:

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– incisors are used to clean their fur by different dirt but also to pull and scrape the meat from bones;

– canines are used to slashing and stabbing wounds;

– the molars are used for chewing;

– the premolars are used to crash.

As I said, while puppy teething you might see some behavior changes in your dog, some changes that you do not like, but there is nothing to do in order to change this fact, all you can do is to help your puppy get through it more easy and more confident, knowing that you are next to him and help the way you can.

Here are some things that you can do for your puppy while teething:

– give your puppy a chew toy to play with, you will see that he chews a lot because of the pain. Don’t give him to many toys to chew because he won’t be able to distinguish them from other objects you have in your house;

– for the irritated gums of your dog you can give him some ice cubes, because the cold is good for irritations;

– it would be great if you could take time at least once a day to massaging your puppy’s gums, this process will relive his pain.

It’s important to know how to deal with your puppy’s pain while puppy teething. Help him cross this period and surround him with care and love. Let me know in the comment section below if you have any other tips that can aid in this difficult situation.

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