Teething Puppies: From Their First Teeth To Their Last
Many dog lovers decide to get a puppy without realizing how much work one can truly be. A major component to puppy life involves chewing and teething. It can take a full eight months before the puppy finishes his teething stage and learns that chewing on certain items is not appropriate. From their first teeth to their last, puppies will chew through an assortment of items throughout the home if they are not guided otherwise.
The First Teeth
A puppy begins getting teeth once they start weaning from milk. This typically starts around five or six weeks of age, although some dogs do not begin the process until they are nearing eight weeks old. This first set of teeth includes a total of 28. They are often referred to as milk teeth. This process can be painful for puppies. They often start gnawing at shoes and other items that are low to the ground and easy to find. It helps relieve some of the pressure they feel in their mouths.
Losing Baby Teeth
Puppies lose their baby teeth faster than it took them to come in. The baby teeth begin falling out approximately one month after coming through. At only 3 months of age, a puppy loses his first set. The process usually starts with the incisors.
Four Month Molars
A puppy’s molars starts to grow in around four months old. Nearly all of the baby teeth will be out at this point. The adult teeth will have started to emerge. Puppies should see a veterinarian to determine how many more baby teeth are present.
Six Month Teeth Check
The six month mark is the time to have a puppy’s teeth checked thoroughly by a veterinarian dentist. At six months old, a puppy should have nearly all of their adult teeth in place. Teeth that are growing in crooked or causing the dog to have an overbite may need to be corrected before the teething process is completed. Correcting the teeth at this stage ensure no long-lasting damage is done. Untreated teeth could make it a difficult for the dog to eat later down the road.
42 Adult Teeth
A full set of teeth for dogs is 42. All of them should be in by the time the puppy reaches 8 months in age. This is usually the point where teething stops, although some dogs still go on to chew on items around them if they have not been taught otherwise.
Throughout the teething process, it is important to provide adequate chewing options for your pet. This should only include chew toys specifically created for this purpose. The puppy should never be left unattended, and placed in a crate while you are away. This prevents the dog from chewing on your furniture and causing havoc when you are not home. With proper understanding of the teething process, and provided chew toys, puppy owners will be able to help their puppies through the teething process.