How to Help Your Teething Puppy

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Let’s face it, teething is uncomfortable. And just like babies, puppies experience soreness and irritation as their temporary teeth begin to fall out in order to make room for their adult teeth.

By four weeks, your dog’s puppy teeth are already growing in. Usually sharp like little razors, these “milk teeth” are named such because most dogs are still nursing at this age. Even if you’re not sure, it will be fairly obvious that your pooch is expecting his new permanent set because he’ll want to chew on everything!

Even though you might be put off by the constant gnawing, keep in mind this is your pet’s way of trying to relieve some of the pain he’s feeling. Experts also say that just as humans learn to explore their environment with their hands, dogs tend to use taste as a method of investigating the world around them.

If you’re still wondering how to tell if your pet is teething, The Barking Lot lists some of the most common signs below:

Red, swollen gums
Minimal bleeding
Erupted puppy teeth
Drooling
Hesitancy to eat or chewing slowly
Fussiness
Whining
Low-grade fever

Soon, at about 8 weeks, your pet’s adult teeth will begin to push through. Dogs gain about 42 new teeth through the process – 10 more than their human counterparts.

Bigger dogs are said to get their adult teeth faster than smaller dogs. Most pets teeth for about five or six months before their full set comes in.

And during this time, if you haven’t opted for dog boarding boarding as a way to salvage some of your favorite household items, your pup may turn to your furniture, shoes or clothing in attempt to soothe the discomfort of his canine growth.

Fortunately, there are ways to save some of your things and keep your pooch comfortable and preoccupied in the process.

Teething Toys

A water-filled toy is probably one of the best investments you can make for a teething puppy. Kong toys are known for their resistance to wear and tear and ability to stimulate your pet mentally and physically. Freeze them and you offer your pooch a fun way to soothe his tender, achy gums.

Ice Cubes

Some pets might opt for this cool, watery treat as a way to get some relief. Others might think it’s too bland and refuse it. If that’s the case, try freezing beef or chicken broth into bite-size cubes. Your dog might find a little bit of flavor more appealing than a regular ice cube.

Puppy Pacifer

A puppy pacifier offers many of the same effects as a baby’s pacifier. The soft, chewy material promotes positive biting habits, while keeping their teeth clean as they chew.

Cold Carrots

This may not sound like the most tasty treat in the world, but your pet might actually think otherwise. Packed Vitamins A and K and lots of Omega 6 fatty acids, carrots have tons of fiber. But keeping these treats at a minimum will ultimately help to avoid tummy trouble.

 

If you are searching for the perfect treat to give your pup who is needing some TLC in the teething department, stop by!  We have plenty of natural treats for your pet.

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