Teething. Something both dogs and humans go though. And it can be quite painful.
By the time your pup is 2 to 3 weeks of age, they’ll already be getting their first incisors. Around 8 to 12 weeks, they have gotten both canines and premolars. At 7 or 8 months, most dogs have all of their adult teeth.
But during this process, you might notice a little blood on your puppy’s chew toys. If you do, experts say not to be alarmed. It usually stops on its own.
Your dog will also be in the habit of biting and chewing on things, drooling, fussing and whining. They may even show signs of a fever and be reluctant to eat.
While it’s hard knowing that you can’t completely prevent your puppy’s pain and discomfort, there are some things you can do in order to make things easier for you and your pet. Below, The Barking Lot shows you how.
Try a Natural Home Remedy First
There are medicines that offer temporary pain relief for your pup, but could also cause side effects as well. Before buying pain medications, dog boarding professionals suggest trying these options first.
Freeze His Chew Toys
Toys like Kong’s Squeezz Ring can be frozen and then given to your pet to help numb the pain and sooth swollen gums.
There are lots of options for chew toys out there to help appease your pup. But it’s important to remember that deciduous puppy teeth are very sharp and with a hard bite, small pieces could come off. During this stage, try to keep an eye on your pet when they’re playing with toys.
Safe alternatives to chew toys include a frozen washcloth. Dip a washcloth in water and then freeze it. Soak the cloth in chicken or beef broth. Not only does it help soothe swollen gums, it tastes good, too.
Ice cubes and other frozen treats are an easy way to offer your puppy some relief. Freezing apple juice or peach juice into small cubes is not only something your pet will love, but your whole family as well.
Natural remedies that offer soothing properties include lavender and chamomile. Find a recipe that uses either one of these herbs to make tea. Once cooled, pour a little on your pup’s dry food or make chamomile/lavender ice cubes using a mold or ice tray.
Wait to Brush
If you find yourself wanting to brush your pooch’s new teeth, try holding off until the pain and discomfort subsides. They’ll be more be receptive to brushing at that time.