As with babies, puppies are born without teeth. However, they begin to grow teeth at a much earlier age in life than humans.
Most teething puppies have their canine teeth by four weeks of age. They begin to grow premolars and incisors by six weeks of age. Your puppy should have a full set of 28 baby teeth by the time he is eight weeks old.
Puppies then lose these baby teeth and grow their grown-up canine teeth. This typically occurs at four or five months of age. By seven months old, a pup will have his full set of 48 adult dog teeth.
Now that you know exactly what age to expect your pup to go through teething, it is time to take a look at some of the indications that he is actually getting new teeth.
The most obvious sign that most pet owners notice is the increase in the desire of the puppy to chew on things. The chewing tends to comfort the pup’s swollen gums. The majority of puppy owners find that this excessive chewing can be very disruptive to their home, especially if the puppy stays in the house.
Most young dogs make no differentiation in the appropriate things to chew and the inappropriate things. Therefore, it is the pet owner’s responsibility to help comfort the sore gums of teething puppies and give them options for their chewing habits.
In some cases, you can obtain gels or creams from your vet to rub on your pup’s gums. These act much in the same way as teething gels for babies. However, you should always consult your vet before applying anything inside the dog’s mouth that is not intended for canines.
One way to keep your puppy from chewing on shoes and furniture is to keep him distracted. Make sure that the young dog is receiving a lot of exercises and play time during this period. If he is tired, he is more likely not to find new objects for chewing. Some of the most creative chewings often come from boredom. Also, increase the toy supply of teething puppies. Give them a variety of textures for chewing. Add in rubber toys along with ropes and other chew items.
Some find that puppies are more soothed by cold objects. The coldness tends to help control the inflammation and swelling of the gums. Offering the puppy a cold rag or a frozen rope will likely keep him interested longer in the objects you want him to chew on the items that you do not want him to chew.
When going through time period such as this with your pup, keep in mind that teething puppies will eventually outgrow this stage. Trying to keep your pup as comfortable as possible and offering him a little extra addition and chew objects is the best way to control the damage that sharp puppy teeth can cause to fingers and furniture.