Dog Teething Symptoms: Puppy Teething Tips 2021
Have you ever wondered why your puppy loves to chew on your shoe or the side of your furniture? Are they just too hungry? Is it something more serious?
But it can get a little excessive once they reach their teething stage. Your little fur-ball is a developing baby.
Its teeth, like humans’ teeth, are changing. Teething is a painful process to them as well.
At 5 to 6 weeks old, all 28 milk teeth will be present. They can start to eat moist/soft puppy food aside from taking milk from their mom.
If you are going to rehome the pups, this is the perfect stage to start feeding them little by little.
At age 12-16 weeks, their primary teeth will start to fall off, and secondary or adult teeth will begin to push out. This stage is the most challenging for fur-parents.
Here are some symptoms that you can look out for in a teething pup:
- sore and painful gums
- round-the-clock chewing and munching on almost everything
- spots of blood on toys which rarely happens
This teething period can be so stressful both for the pup and the fur-parent. So, here are some survival tips that we can give you.
Survival Tip No. 1 – Allow them to chew, chew, and chew!
Chewing helps them ease the pain that they feel because of their sore gums. It is the main reason why they keep on putting their mouth on everything they can reach.
Luckily, we have lots of toys to give them as an alternative to biting our wallet, cabinet, and a lot of other important stuff.
Most of these are chew toys. So, first things first, know your puppy’s chew style – is it a gentle nibbler or an aggressive chomper?
A gentle nibbler won’t finish its treat in one sitting. They take their time to chew on toys or treats slowly and nicely.
While aggressive chompers are the ones who can destroy or feast on whatever you give them in a short period.
Now that you have identified what kind of nibbler your pup is, let’s check out these five (5) teething toys.
It is a rubber toy that is fun to chew, chase, and fetch. It stands in several ways, so it will definitely challenge your pup’s instinct and stimulate its mental capacity.
Kong is gentle on your puppy’s gums, too. You can also make it more rewarding by stuffing it with some delectable treats, like frozen peanut butter, homemade yogurt or veggie paste, or kibbles.
It is highly recommended that you put it in the freezer for several hours or overnight before giving them to your pup. The cold Kong will soothe the gum pain.
A bully stick is an all-natural, protein-rich, and easily digestible treat that you can also let your pup gnaw. Choose bully sticks that are odor-free.
Bully sticks filled with the saliva of your puppy can make your home a little stinky. This one is perfect for aggressive pups.
A teething ring is another toy that you can put in a freezer. You may also insert some treats on its holes or spread some peanut butter to make it more appealing.
The nubs of the teething ring massage your pup’s gums and clean their teeth as they chew. It also helps release your dog’s anxiety and stress.
Nylabone is another edible chewing alternative for puppies.
It encourages rewarding and non-destructive chewing for them.
Due to its texture, it can also help clean their teeth and prevent tartar buildup.
So much for edible treats! Dog rope toys are safe as long as there are no loose strands or threads. You may want to trim it first before giving it to them.
You can dampen the rope, put it in the freezer, and let your puppy enjoy another cold treat. Not all dogs are the same, whether in size or breed.
Listed below are some additional tips on how to choose suitable chew toys for your pup.
Choose the right size of chew toys for your dog.>
Too small toys can pose harm, like choking or swallowing. If the toy is too big for your puppy, there is a big chance that he will not put great interest in it because it will be tiring for his mouth.
Do not invest in toys that are cheaper but can easily be destroyed by your teething pup.
Broken pieces of toys can also be swallowed by your dog, which sometimes can be indigestible too. If this incident happens, it may lead to vomiting.
You may want to check in with your vet right away before severe damage is done.
Do not allow your dog to have access to all of its toys at the same time.
Boredom is so typical to them. They will look for things to play with and let you know that they are bored by continuously interrupting or nipping on you.
Dogs enjoy novelty. To satisfy their need to chew and play, give their toys in rotation, not all at once. You can also try giving them chew toys in different shapes and textures.
Rawhides are a big NO!
Though it may look appealing to your dog, do not put this on your list. Rawhides contain some harsh chemicals, can make your pup super thirsty (which is not good if you are potty training them), and can cause throat and digestive tract blockage.
Survival Tip No. 2 – No to the “Catch Me If You Can” game.
Dogs are fond of running. If they are grinding on one of your stuff, do not run after them, or they will think that it is a game. Simply ignore them. Dogs are social animals.
They hate being snubbed. Moreover, offer them an alternative chew toy or treat. And next time, make sure that your things are out of their reach.
Survival Tip No. 3 – Positively Reinforce Chewing
Chewing is totally good for their developing gums and teeth. If they learn what and what not to chew on, praise them, pet them or reward them. A short walk outside is absolutely perfect.
On the last note, puppies should not be left alone even when they are so busy with their chew toys. Your supervision as a fur-parent is a must.
And never hit a dog! They didn’t choose this stage of their life, just like we don’t when our wisdom tooth attacks. So be patient and act like a real puppy lover.
MC Romesaint is a Biological Science major and is currently teaching. She is an avid reader, aspiring writer, and book author. Reaching each vision, one step at a time. To God be all the glory!