What to Expect when your Puppy is Teething

Depending on your puppy’s breed, teething will start somewhere between 11 and 15 weeks, and the small, sharp milk teeth will start to be pushed out by the larger adult teeth. The teething phase typically lasts for three months, and puppies should be ended with the procedure by eight months of age. Larger breeds have a tendency to start and complete teething faster than smaller breeds.

The developmental stage comes a new set of tasks. This is the puppy equal to the “terrible twos”. Staircase railings, house plants, leashes, window sills, table, chair legs, shoes, and socks are fair game to the teething puppy that doesn’t yet know its boundaries. If he/she can get his/her mouth around it, it is going to be fun to destroy!

Puppy Teething Signs and Symptoms

1. Red inflamed and swollen gums

2. Bulging gums where new teeth are about to erupt

3. Small amounts of blood left on toys caused by tooth loss

4. Mild fever

5. Inappetence or slow chewing (you can moisten your puppy’s dry kibble with little-canned dog food to make chewing easier during this phase)

6. Drooling (depending on the breed, some breeds have “wet mouths.”

7. Short attention span, fussiness or mild irritability

8. Changes in the puppy’s ear set. Ears tend to prick or flop over as the jaw grows

A Puppy Tooth That Will Not Fall Out

During the teething stage, you will want to keep an eye out for any retained baby teeth. Usually, the adult tooth is connected to the milk tooth and easily dislodges its predecessor. Still, at times the adult tooth will come in near the baby tooth, and that’s why fail to push it out. If the baby tooth is in their firmly, it will want to be detached by your veterinarian, as they will decline and can cause swelling, which can affect the health of the permanent tooth as well.

You will also need to check for any misalignment of the teeth.  Upper and lower teeth that do not correctly align can cause a “wry bite.” A wry bite defines that the jaw has been pulled out to one side due to one tooth getting obsessed on its corresponding tooth on the upper or lower jaw. In some cases the lower jaw is noticeably off to one side, making it extremely hard for the dog to chew.  If you catch it quick, the tooth that is affecting the misalignment can be detached, taking the burden off of the jaw, and allowing it to develop normally.

Puppy Teething Relief Tips

1. Teach “Leave It!”

2. Trade Up

3. Soft Mouth Training for Your Puppy

4. Bitter Apple Spray

Foolproof Puppy Teething Toys

1. The Dinosaur BarkBone Dog Chew Toy

2. Rope Toys

3. Flavorit Bone Chew Toys

4. Chilled Carrots Are Good For Puppies

You can use the information process above to help your puppy cope with the teething process, which can sometimes become extremely stressful.

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