Do you have a four-legged chewing machine on your hands? Aside from protecting the sofa legs from your puppy’s incessant chewing, there’s not a whole lot to do while your new pet is going through the teething process. However, it is important for you to know the details of teething. That way, you know what your puppy is going through and when, and you can let y our veterinarian know right away if something seems amiss.
Just like human babies, puppies are born with no teeth. They don’t need them at this stage! After all, your puppy will nurse from their mother. If the mother isn’t available, they’ll need to be hand-fed from a bottle.
Around two or three weeks of age, little Fido’s first baby teeth will start coming out of the gums. The smaller front teeth, called the incisors, will usually be the first to appear. The canine teeth will follow—these are the four long fangs. Your pet’s premolars are the last to come in, and they should be behind the canines, near the back of the mouth. When it’s all said and done, your puppy will have 28 baby teeth. These are known medically as the deciduous teeth and are often referred to as the “milk teeth.”
By the time your canine pal is about six weeks old, all 28 baby teeth will probably have come in. Around this time, your pet will be in the process of getting weaned off of the mother’s milk or formula, and they’ll begin eating solid food.
Around the 12- to 16-week mark, your furry friend’s baby teeth will start falling out. The adult teeth simply push the deciduous teeth out of the way. You may occasionally see a baby tooth on the floor or by your puppy’s water or food bowls. Most often, though, little Fido simply swallows the baby teeth as they come out. Don’t worry: this is perfectly normal.
By the time your dog is six months old, all 28 of those baby teeth will likely be gone, replaced by 42 adult teeth. Your pooch will now have molars in addition to premolars, which are the largest teeth at the back of the mouth that help with chewing and mashing food.
Do you have questions about your puppy’s teething? We’re here to help. Call your vet hospital today.