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Puppy teething: your survival guide

Just like humans, puppies go through teething as they lose their baby teeth to make way for their adult teeth.

Managing this stage of their development is important, especially if you don’t want to end up with bite marks on all your furniture!

Puppy teething timeline

Week 2 – 4 

Your puppy’s baby teeth are just starting to come in. They will still be nursing, but their eyes will have opened.

Weeks 5 – 6:

Your puppy should now have all their baby teeth – about 28 in total – and they’re razor sharp! They should still be with their mother and breeder at this point, who will be in the process of weaning the puppies onto moist puppy food.

Week 12 – 16

Your puppy should be ready to come home with you by now, and you’ll have experienced their sharp little bites. During these weeks, your puppy will lose their baby teeth, which are being replaced with a full set of 48 adult teeth. 

You might notice their baby teeth falling out around the house – look out for small crumb-like fragments or blood spots on their chew toys. This is nothing to worry about and a very normal process.

Your puppy might be in some discomfort during this process, just like a child would be as their teeth come through. 

Helping your puppy whilst teething

There are several ways you can ease your puppy’s discomfort whilst they are teething. We’ve compiled our favourite tips below:

  • Lots of chew toys. Making sure your puppy has access to plenty of robust chew toys is a must if you want to save your furniture. Make sure they are safe and non-toxic. We love this KONG Puppy Teething Stick™ that you can stuff with pastes like dog-friendly peanut butter.
  • Pop their toys in the freezer. If you’ve ever had a wisdom tooth come through, you’ll know there’s nothing quite as good as a simple ice cube to soothe the pain. The same goes for dogs. Try popping their chew toys in the freezer so they have something cold to bite.
  • Use puppy teething gel. Puppy teething gel is a dog-safe gel that soothes their gums and eases the pain of teething. It’s only necessary if your puppy is suffering badly and should be used according to your vet’s advice.
  • Prevent them from chewing your furniture. If your puppy likes chewing your furniture, be sure to direct them away from it by replacing that tasty table leg with a fun toy. If they carry on, try spraying diluted apple cider vinegar on the furniture legs – the bitter flavour should discourage them (always spot test on a hidden area first!)

Maintain good dental hygiene

Whilst your dog is young, it’s important to establish a good dental hygiene routine. You need to get them used to having their teeth checked and brushed early on.

  1. Dab a small amount of doggy toothpaste (never human toothpaste) on your finger and let your puppy see and smell it.
  2. Using your finger, rub the toothpaste on their canines (the largest teeth at the front of their mouth).
  3. Once they are happy, move back towards the molars (the teeth at the back of their mouth), still using your finger to rub the paste in.
  4. Introduce them to the toothbrush you will be using – both dog-specific ones and soft baby toothbrushes will do the job.
  5. Dab a little of the doggy toothpaste on the brush and let your puppy see and smell it.
  6. Starting with the canines, gently brush each tooth, taking it slowly whilst your dog gets used to the sensation.
  7. Move backwards to the molars as your dog becomes more comfortable with the toothpaste.
  8. Repeat daily, if possible, or at least weekly.

Dental sticks and toys are a good supplement to your puppy’s dental hygiene routine, but don’t replace the need for regular teeth brushing – so best to get your puppy used to it early on!

As your puppy grows and starts exploring the world around them, you’ll want to make sure they are fit and healthy. Track their activity and find them if they ever run off with a PitPat Dog GPS Tracker, refuel with pawfectly portioned PitPat Puppy Food, and join PitPat LIFE to ear points and prizes for hitting their activity goals!

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