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During the teething phase, it’s normal for puppies to be a little more sensitive. This is the time to spoil them and give them all the love and attention in the world. Their gums are sore and they’re not at the top of their game. All they want to do now is ease the discomfort.
If the dog won’t eat because he’s teething, try feeding him by hand or offering frozen goodies that will ease the pain. These can include frozen strawberries, bananas, carrots, and even frozen bagel. Just don’t overdo it. One carrot a day is more than enough because of its high fiber content!
It’s important not to give a teething puppy hard bones. This can cause the milk teeth to crack and retain, leading to the problems mentioned above. What you can offer is frozen cubes of bone broth, chamomile, or lavender tea. This can be a bit messy so it’s best to give outside or away from carpets.
You could also try gently massaging the dog’s gums with your finger. Another thing you can do is wet a towel, twist it and freeze it and then use it as a toy for your dog to chew and pull on.
Puppy teething toys and other products
If you’re very fond of your towels, you can always get some puppy teething toys. These can be an excellent distraction and an aid to your dog during this troubled times. Chilly bones and Kong toys are a great choice.
You can fill a tough dog toy, like this Kong toy, with your dog’s standard wet food, peanut butter, or bananas. Then freeze it and offer it to your dog instead of your favorite pair of shoes or clothes. This puppy teething toy is designed to ease sore gums, teach your dog what he should chew on, and promote healthy jaw development.
If your dog is very persistent about chewing your armchair or another piece of furniture, you can get Grannick’s Bitter Apple Spray. This spray tastes horrible but it’s non-toxic and absolutely safe to use. It will discourage the dog from chewing on your stuff.
Remember to always leave some chew toys out for your teething puppy so he can help himself as needed.
Between the age of 3 months and 8 months, your puppy will replace his baby teeth with adult teeth. These can be hard times for the both of you. Here’s what you can do to ease the process:
- Remove all the stuff your dog shouldn’t chew on from his reach
- Offer puppy teething toys instead
- Spray Grannick’s Bitter Apple Spray on furniture
- Give frozen goodies such as fruit, vegetables, or bagel
- Offer your dog some ice cubes of bone broth, chamomile or lavender tea
- Massage the puppy’s gums with your finger
- If you notice any retained teeth or signs of illness talk to a vet