One of the most important parts of raising our dogs into healthy dogs is proper dental hygiene. When we look at our dogs teeth we can’t help but to love them even more knowing they have every opportunity in the world to take us out with those things, but they love us too much and we love them. (Sorry I got a little carried away just thinking about my dog’s teeth. I love dogs, every bit of them.) Moving along! What is the 411 on dog teeth? What you need to know, what you may not know, and what is cool to know about our dog’s teeth and oral care.
Puppies are born without teeth and do not receive their first puppy teeth until they reach the age of 6 to 8 weeks. Typically, a puppy will grow 28 teeth which are known as baby teeth. Did you know that puppies lose their teeth? This may be rhetorical, but did you ever find a dog’s tooth? There is an idea! A canine tooth fairy! I have yet to find a dog’s tooth. That never happened for me. Where do they go?Anyway getting back to puppy teeth. Puppies have premolars and their upper and lower canine teeth are at the back of their mouths; those are the big boys. The upper and lower incisor teeth are located in the middle.
Much like babies, puppies go through a teething phase. You may be very well aware of this because at times puppies seem to chew on anything they can get their mouths on. Think of a teething baby; they are uncomfortable, sore, and feel a sense of ease when given something to chew on. For puppies the teething process occurs for several months, but not consistently. When puppies are teething they tend to test out different objects to determine which puts them most at ease. If you are wondering why your puppy went from your shoe to the end of your coffee table, this is a puppy simply testing out what surface makes them feel better. here are a few steps you can take to help ease your puppies pain during the teething stages:
- Encourage chewing by giving your puppy the proper chew toy for a dog his/her size and age. It is a good idea to find a suitable chew toy and entice the puppy to chew by rubbing a small amount of peanut butter on the toy. The more accustomed a puppy becomes to his chew toy he/she is more likely to return to that toy when they are uncomfortable.
- Just because your puppy is not a human being doesn’t mean they do not need tender loving care while they feel uncomfortable. Our dogs are just like our kids so providing your dog with affection, attention, and love always makes the pain better. (At least we like to think so!)
- Just remember if your puppy is teething and you notice that some of your personal belongings have been destroyed, your puppy did not intend to do this. Your puppy is uncomfortable. If you need to leave the puppy home for a few hours, it is best to keep them in an isolated area, away from dangerous surfaces.