Just like how it is for human babies, dog teething can be a major dilemma for your fur-baby, too. As dogs are born without teeth, sharp puppy teeth erupting from the gums can be very painful. You can expect dog teething to happen in a predictable timeline.
"As dogs are born without teeth, sharp puppy teeth erupting from the gums can be very painful. "
Here, we have come up with a timeline on what to expect on certain stages of your dog's teething and ways how you can manage to relieve discomfort and inappropriate chewing.
STAGES OF DOG TEETHING
From birth to the second week. Your fur-baby is born without teeth. In his first week of life, he'll be opening his eyes and he'll be nursing from his mother together with his littermates.
From the second week to the fourth. During these weeks, your dog's incisors, the narrow-edged teeth, will begin to surface. Your pup will have incisors on both the top and bottom jaw.
From the fifth week to the eight. By this time in the dog teething stage, your pup's last molars will emerge. And on the eighth week, permanent teeth will begin pushing out his baby teeth.
From the twelfth week to sixth months. In this stage of dog teething, the baby teeth of your pup will begin to fall out and the permanent ones will begin to appear. This is the stage where it'll be most painful for your dog. He'll begin chewing on all things he can get his teeth on. This can be the part where you start to teach your pup to chew on toys and bones.
From the sixth month and onwards. At this period of your dog's teething, all baby teeth should be replaced with permanent ones . Any baby teeth left after the 6-month mark can pose dental issues and must be removed by your vet as soon as possible. Signs to look for if you are considering taking your pup to the vet:
- Presence of blood in your pup's chews and toys
- Bleeding and inflamed gums
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Oblique teeth or a misalignment of the upper and lower jaw
- One tooth overlapping another
- Loose permanent teeth
MANAGING YOUR DOG'S TEETHING
Here are some things you can do to help your pup get over these teething stages:
Give cold fruits for sore gums. Providing your pup with frozen fruits like carrots, bananas, and strawberries he can chew on is a great way to temporarily numb his gums and help manage the sore. It can get a bit messy but these are loaded with vitamins and minerals.
Do not give ice cubes. Ice cubes are extremely hard for a puppy's fragile baby teeth and allowing him to chew on these might increase his chances of having a broken tooth.
No punishments. Teething is normal and punishing your pup for chewing things will only do more harm than good. If you see him gnawing on something, get his attention and redirect him to something else.
Do not self-medicate. Giving your pup over-the-counter pain medications without the prescription of your veterinarian can have negative effects on your dog.
Introduce appropriate chews. Provide your pup with chews that are high-quality and full of nutrients. Do not just give him any chews as this can lead to choking hazards, broken teeth, and even gastrointestinal upset.
HOW CAN PET PARENTS® HELP YOUR TEETHING DOG?
Your pup, however, may never outgrow his urge to chew. As a pet parent, we highly encourage you to provide high-quality chews for your fur-baby so you can be able to handle best your dog's gnawing as he ages.
And it happens that one of the safest and most reliable chews in the market available today is that from Pet Parents® - Gnawtlers®.
After those 6 months, your pup has their permanent teeth. We recommend our split elk, the softest of our antlers with exposed bone marrow to keep your pup intrigued.
Ganwtlers® are premium antler chews from deers and elks that are carefully selected according to their color, weight, size, density, and quality. These antler chews are all-natural and do not contain any artificial flavoring, fragrance, and dyes to make it more appealing to your fur-baby. This means you can feel good about giving your dog our elk antler chews because they are safe, delicious, and nutritious.
Pet Parents® Gnawtlers® have different options that will definitely fit your fur-baby's gnawing needs. There are whole antler chews for adult dogs and there are also split antler chews for senior dogs and puppies. These chews also help keep your fur-baby's teeth clean as it is important in so many ways. Learn more here.
Dog teething can be tricky but there are no problems love, care, and patience can't solve, especially for your pup and his journey towards a permanent set of teeth.
" Your pup, however, may never outgrow his urge to chew. As a pet parent, we highly encourage you to provide high-quality chews for your fur-baby so you can be able to handle best your dog's gnawing as he ages."