Puppies and teething are not dissimilar to human babies and teething. This painful and uncomfortable process when your puppy loses its baby teeth and starts to replace them with adult teeth will continue for a few months. Fortunately there are ways to cope with puppy teething and make the whole experience of teething puppies more manageable for your puppy and you.
No parent who is experiencing this frustrating time with their new addition to the family would ever contemplate leaving their baby alone while he or she is teething. They would normally seek out natural remedies and safe toys such as teething rings to help soothe their baby while it is teething.
Well your new puppy is also a member of the family and needs to be treated just like a baby when it comes to puppies and teething. The only major difference and perhaps the biggest reason you would not want to leave your teething puppies (or teething kittens) alone is that you are likely to discover your favorite clothes or other household items ripped to shreds.
You know that kitten teething or puppy teething is inevitable and as painful as it is for your pet and as frustrating as it may be for you there are a number of things you can do in advance and during the pet teething cycle.
How long does puppy teething last?
You have plenty time to get organized and prepared. At approximately 4 months of age, your pet will lose its puppy teeth and the adult teeth will begin to grow through the gums – hence teething pains and discomfort. Again, as with human babies, teething will continue on and off for several months. Moreover, you will be able to recognize the early signs of puppy teething by the increased biting, restlessness and definitely chewing on anything and everything your puppy can get at.
So what can you do to take care of your teething puppy as well as look after your home and belongings at the same time?
Getting Ready For Your Puppies Teething Problems
Just as you would do when a baby starts to crawl and become more mobile, make sure that all hazardous items are out of reach, make sure your more prized and treasured possessions are not within reach especially if your puppy thinks they may be chewable, and definitely protect your puppy from all electrical wiring.
You cannot begin early enough to start brushing your puppy’s teeth. The sooner your dog gets accustomed to it the easier it will be for you as your puppy grows. Try and do this at least a few times a week. It is recommended with really small puppies that you place a small amount of toothpaste (for pets) on your little finger and gently clean their teeth.
When Canine Teething Begins
Natural remedies can provide a great deal of relief and help your teething puppy through the teething process with the least amount of discomfort. Consult your vet or ask someone experienced at your local pet store.
Chew toys are a great favorite (not unlike teething rings) for puppies and teething as well as for their owners because they work so well. Always buy good quality chew toys making sure they are manufactured for pets and are safe to use.
Try chilling or freezing the chew toy before giving it to your teething puppy and this will help to alleviate the discomfort and reduce the swelling that can occur.
It is not uncommon for a puppy teething to be less keen on eating their food. Don’t be alarmed as this is probably due to the additional pain or discomfort caused. Simply provide food that is easily chewed and provide smaller amounts more often. Applying specially prepared puppy teething gel gently to the teeth and gums can provide a certain amount of relief for your pet.
When Veterinary Advice Or Help May Be Required
Some small breeds of dogs, when they are going through the puppy teething cycle, may not shed all of their deciduous teeth. Puppy teeth fall out should be part of the natural process but in these cases some puppy teeth may be retained. This condition can lead to dental health problems.
If you do have a small breed of dog, pay close attention to your puppy teething as it copes with losing its puppy teeth. According to vets, a good timescale to have shed all deciduous teeth is around eight months. If your puppy still has baby teeth at this time, it is definitely advisable to get your vet to check the puppy. It may be necessary for the vet to actually extract the remaining baby teeth for the longer term benefit of the puppy and to prevent the onset of dental disease.