A cute puppy brings along a load of responsibilities for the owner; grooming and training him to behave well is only a part of the picture. As a dutiful pet owner, you should keep a watch over changes in your puppy's behavior that indicate teeth eruption. It is quite likely that your little friend will start chewing things that comes in his way.
Puppy Teething: An Overview
Unlike human babies, teething occurs at a very young age in puppies. As we all know, all puppies have a naturally tendency to chew things. But at teething stages, they chew instinctively just to alleviate the discomfort associated with tooth eruption. This means you have to be watchful towards your pet at every step. Otherwise, by the time you notice teething signs, you may already have teeth marks in furniture and shoes.
The first teeth to appear is the canine, elongated teeth on each side of the mouth in the front. These long teeth will erupt when your little companion is just 3-4 weeks old. Following this, the incisors and premolars develop simultaneously at around 4-6 weeks age. A puppy with normal teething should have 28 baby teeth by the time he turns 8 weeks old. Shedding of these milk teeth begins at the age of 4-5 months.
Speaking about puppy teething, biting and chewing are the most noticeable symptoms. Very often, a gentle puppy shows aggressive behavior during teething stages. Also look out for bleeding, swelling, and inflammation in the gums. Rarely, the teething stage can be accompanied with whining and diarrhea.
For relief, apply ice over the affected gum and feed frozen foods such as carrots, apples, strawberries, sweet potatoes, etc. to the pup. Another effective way is to keep teething toys in the freezer and giving them to your pet. These cold objects will help relieve soreness in their gums.
Offering chewable toys is a good approach to address the associated discomfort. You can purchase such items from your local pet stores. While selecting toys, ensure that they are safe for your pet. You can opt for rope toys and rawhide chewies, which your little friend will be interested in biting.
Puppy Teeth Care
Brushing your puppy's teeth regularly is crucial to maintain good dental health. Select a soft toothbrush and toothpaste that are specially sold for veterinary use. It is not unusual that your pet shows reluctance in the initial few days. Be patient with your puppy while training him and I am sure your pet will obey you promptly. If possible brush everyday or at least each alternate day.
Puppy teething causes painful symptoms and makes the pet restless. At this stage, it is very important for every owner to spend more time with the little pet and follow proper care routine. This way, you can reduce boredom and ease the pain that he is going through. Last but not the least, get your pet check by a qualified veterinarian to ensure proper growth of the teeth.