I’m sure you’ve heard the awful stories about raising a pup and all the chewing that goes on from the minute you bring her home until when? A year later? How are you going to survive your puppy's chewing? Yes, one of the biggest challenges in raising your new baby is dealing with chewing. During the first year of your puppy’s life, significant changes are occurring in its mouth that are necessary to know.
Losing Baby TeethDogs have two sets of teeth: 28 baby teeth, which will be replaced by 42 permanent teeth. Puppies have baby teeth that erupt right around 3-4 weeks of age. They’re almost clear-like, small, but sharp as glass. By eight weeks old all the baby teeth should be in place. Teeth is the main reason mommy dogs begin to wean their pups at about five or six weeks of age! Ouch! Sometime between 8 and 12 weeks of age, the roots of the baby teeth start to reabsorb, and the teeth loosen and begin to fall out. Puppies do not have molars that's why there's room for twice as many permanent teeth when the times comes. Typically for most breeds, all permanent teeth should be in by eight months of age.
Adult Teeth WorriesStart an at-home dental care program as soon as your puppy arrives home, but also be aware if the permanent teeth are growing in correctly. Are there any baby teeth that didn’t fall out to make way for the adult teeth? Having two teeth crowded into one space will cause dental problems. Food can get caught between the teeth and cause periodontal disease. Baby teeth will need to be removed surgically and often the veterinarian will do this during the spay/neuter surgery, typically around six months of age.
Chewing Days Aren’t OverAdult teeth are now in and the chewing stops, correct? No, sorry dogs are as individual as we are and most will take longer than others to stop chewing on everything under the sun. Be sure and provide lots of appropriate things to chew on such as:
- Chew Toys
- Frozen Kong stuffed with PB
- Chicken soup frozen in ice cube trays
- Beef Chews
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