Understanding Puppy Teething Stages

Anyone who has ever owned a puppy knows what a hassle it is when your puppy is going through their teething stage. Puppies develop their first set of teeth between three to four weeks of age. These teeth are commonly referred to as “milk teeth” and they are only temporary. As your puppy grows they will eventually lose their “milk teeth” and develop adult teeth in their place. Normally these puppy teeth will be swallowed while your puppy is eating, but don’t worry these teeth normally don’t have any trouble passing through a puppy’s system. During the process of teething, puppies will start chewing on just about anything they can get their little mouths on. Puppies chew more during teething for a couple of different reasons. For one, it helps the puppy relieve some of the discomfort and pain that comes along with teething. Another reason for chewing while teething is that the puppy is getting used to its new teeth. The puppy is testing them out and exploring things with its new teeth. Chewing continues into adulthood in dogs as something that helps them relax and to blow off steam. It varies from dog to dog how uncomfortable the teething is, but you can help your puppy through this painful stage by understanding what they are going through and doing your best to help them.

Puppies are born toothless and remain that way until their “milk teeth” come in. A puppy will develop twenty-eight “milk teeth”, which do not include molars because the puppies are still nursing and do not need any teeth for grinding. These puppy teeth are small and sharp, which causes pain for the mother while the puppy is nursing, which in turn causes her to begin weaning them.

Puppies begin to lose their “milk teeth” between the ages of four and five months. This can be a very painful period for a puppy, just like it is for human babies. This is when the chewing will really start in earnest as a puppy will try to chew to ease the pain in their gums. It is perfectly normal to find that your puppy’s gums are bleeding during the teething stage. You can help your puppy through this stage by doing several things. One popular way to help ease your puppy’s pain is by pouring chicken soup into an ice cube tray and freezing it. This will give the puppy something to eat and suck on to ease the pain. Another thing you can do is to wet a rag, ring it out and then freeze it. This gives your puppy another thing to chew on. Last, but not least, you can soften your puppy’s dry food with water or broth to make it easier to chew.

Eventually, your puppy’s adult teeth will come in through the gums. This set is permanent and the small front teeth will break through first. Next premolars will develop just behind where the canines will be and molars will come through in the back of the puppy’s mouth. Next will come the canines. When all is said and done your puppy will have forty-two teeth, twenty-one to each jaw.

Teething is a painful, but a necessary process that every puppy must go through. By learning what is going on in the teething stage will help you to make your puppy’s teething stage as comfortable as possible.