Is your pup acting up and chewing everything in his way? If so, you might be witnessing puppy teething symptoms. He is not trying to piss you off, he just needs a little help. To prevent him from chewing on your favorite shoes or furniture, get him some puppy teething toys as a distraction.
I know my dog destroyed some slippers, a piece of furniture and a rug when she was going through puppy teething. So take this advice and don’t let it happen to you too!
Facts about puppy teething
Did you know that some puppies start growing their teeth as early as at two weeks old? These baby teeth or deciduous teeth appear between 6 and 8 weeks of age, regardless of the breed.
These small needle-like teeth are very sharp and can easily penetrate your skin! And there’s 28 of them! Luckily, this will all happen before the dog enters your home. So, the fun starts when he starts chewing on your stuff!
Dogs explore their environments with their mouth, so it’s no surprise that they will want to taste everything to gather information.
However, when it’s time for your puppy to lose the baby teeth, all hell can break loose. Keep in mind that your puppy will probably start teething between 12 and 14 weeks of age. Smaller breeds usually take longer to get their adult teeth than larger breeds.
So, at about 3 months your pup can begin teething. And the process should be done for all breeds when they’re 7 to 8 months old, resulting in 42 adult teeth. If this happens sooner, that’s ok. However, if there are still milk teeth in your dog’s mouth at this age, you should speak to a vet.
Retained baby teeth can cause big problems as adult teeth can grow crooked and deform the entire jaw.
In addition, these teeth can also cause an abscess as they decay, damaging the new teeth as well. Have your vet remove any retained teeth as soon as possible.
Check out a full puppy teething timeline on the American Kennel Club’s website.
Signs your puppy is teething
You may not even know your puppy is teething until you find him playing with his teeth. At least that’s how I saw it. And don’t be surprised if they eat the baby tooth once they decide playtime is over. If you don’t want them doing this, take the tooth away.
However, if they do eat it, don’t be alarmed. God knows how many of her baby teeth my dog ate before I even noticed. Of course, nothing happened to her because of it. This can also happen while the dog is eating and there’s absolutely no reason for concern.
Once your dog loses their front teeth known as the incisors, you’ll know the teething process has started. After the incisors, the dog will lose their fangs, and so on. The front teeth start falling out first, and then the ones more to the back of the mouth start to come out.
Check your puppy’s mouth regularly to make sure that there are no retained baby teeth that could cause trouble.
Another sign your pup is teething could be that he is acting more nervous than usual and biting and chewing on anything and everything in his way. And by anything we really mean anything. Starting from socks, shoes, carpets, houseplants, and even wood doors!
Should you be concerned?
If your dogs start chewing on cables, houseplants, or other potentially dangerous things, you need to get this stuff out of his reach!
Also, if there are any retained baby teeth you should speak to a vet. These teeth should be removed in time so that the adult teeth can grow the way they should. Infection, wry bite, tooth decay, and other issues can all be caused by retained baby teeth.
Puppy teething symptoms can also include loss of appetite, upset stomach, loose stools, and even a fever. This is not a major reason for concern if it only lasts a week or two and you’re sure there’s no other cause.
However, if you suspect there might be something else to it, you should speak to a vet.
Check out our post on how to help when your puppy is teething.