Puppy parents may have many questions when it comes to their new family member. Do puppies teeth? When do puppies Teeth? What to expect when puppies teeth? What to do when puppies teeth? If you’re a puppy parent, it’s essential that you learn about the puppy teething process. Puppies often experience discomfort during this period, and puppy parents can help make the transition process as comfortable as possible.
Puppy Baby Teeth
Similar to babies, puppies are born without any teeth. Approximately during their fourth week, the first teeth come in — first the incisors, than the canines followed by the premolars. Puppies grow a total of 28 baby teeth. Off and on, the teething process takes several months. You may find your puppy chewing and biting on various objects. Your pup only does this to relieve some of the gum pain and soreness that’s experienced while teething. Puppy parents should be aware that baby teeth are often very sharp, and even though not intended, they can do significant damage during playtime.
Adult Teeth in Dogs
A puppy’s baby teeth are only temporary. The baby teeth can fall out as soon as your puppy reaches 3 months of age. The incisors are first to fall out, followed by the premolars and canines. The roots of the teeth will be absorbed by adult teeth. During this process, it’s not uncommon for puppy parents to find their puppy’s baby teeth around the house. Puppies may drool excessively, and to keep them from biting and chewing on your valuables, it’s recommended that you provide your pup with chew toys. Most dogs grow 42 adult teeth, but breeds such as Dobermans have fewer teeth, while greyhounds and spaniels grow more teeth.
Puppy Teeth problems
Teeth growth in large dogs is commonly faster than that of small dogs. However, sometimes teething can be problematic. When a pup turns 3 months of age, puppy parents must bring their dog to the veterinarian for a checkup. The veterinarian can make sure that the pup won’t have an abnormal bite. Sometimes, it may be necessary for the veterinarian to physically remove one or more baby teeth to assure that your pup will have a normal bite.
Once your pup reaches 8 months of age, all the teething discomfort is in the past and you can watch your puppy develop into a strong, healthy dog.