Dog Teething Tips

Dog teething occurs twice in the dog's life and may be a painful time. To alleviate the pain, the dog may develop bad behaviors such as chewing around the house. By reducing the dog's pain and offering him some support, you will also save your home, clothes and furniture.

Dog Teething Basics

Dogs will grow teeth first when they are 3 or 4 weeks old and these will be 28 baby teeth. The baby teeth will be in place for about five months, and at the age of 6 to 7 months, the puppy will be getting permanent teeth. On average, dogs get 42 permanent teeth. Both times the dog is teething will be equally painful, as the erupting teeth hurt the gums. The dog will cry and chew on various objects, which can temporarily reduce the pain.

Chew Treats

Chew treats are highly recommended during the dog teething period. The chew treats can distract the dog from chewing other objects and may also make him forget about the discomfort. When getting a chew treat, the dog will feel rewarded. The treats may contain different vitamins and supplements that are beneficial for the dog's growth, but make sure to consult the vet prior to getting the treats. If they contain an excess of supplements, these may cause bone growth abnormalities or bladder and kidney stones.

There are also chew toys that are designed for adult dogs with fully developed maxillaries and in order to avoid fractures, you need to get softer chew treats.

Chew Toys

Due to the fact that you cannot offer your pet chew treats on a permanent basis, as your dog can become obese, you can alternate the chew treats with a few chew toys. The chew toys can be a great way to alleviate the teething pain and prevent your dog from chewing different items in your house. It is essential to pick out chew toys that are suitable for your puppy. Chew toys come in various sizes and textures. Soft toys are great for any type or size of dog, but they must be large enough so that your pet won't accidentally swallow them.

However, softer toys may not alleviate the teething pain, so harder textured toys should be chosen. Make sure the toys you choose are of a suitable texture, so as to prevent fractures. As a special bonus, you can also get toys that are filled with treats. These are a great challenge for the puppy.

Teething Gels

Teething gels are available in pet stores and can be used on the puppy's gums to reduce pain. You can use these gels as frequently as required. Your puppy may not allow you to touch his gums, as he is in a lot of pain, but use treats and kind words to make him cooperative. As soon as you manage to rub some gel on the dog's teeth, he will feel much better and will allow you to finish the treatment or apply it the next time.