Today we’re diving into a topic that has some pet owners wondering: Do puppies lose teeth? If you’re currently navigating the puppy phase at home, understanding your pet’s dental health is key. See our blog below for more information about puppy teeth and if you need more information or to make an appointment, just contact VO Vets at (682) 350-8890.
The Puppy Teething Process
Yes, puppies go through the teething process just like human babies do. Here’s what to expect.
When It Begins
Typically, puppies start losing their baby teeth, or ‘milk teeth’, at around 3 to 7 months of age. This is a natural phase, as their adult teeth are getting ready to emerge.
What to Expect
During this period, you might find tiny teeth around your home or notice your puppy chewing more than usual. This is a sign that their adult teeth are coming in. It’s a gradual process, with the incisors usually being the first to go, followed by the canines and premolars.
Is Teething Painful for Puppies?
Do puppies feel uncomfortable when they’re going through the teething phase?
Like human infants, puppies can experience discomfort or mild pain during teething. You might notice increased drooling, a slight change in eating habits, or your puppy chewing on everything in sight. This is their way of coping with the discomfort.
How to Help
Offering chew toys to your puppy can provide them with relief. They not only soothe sore gums but also help with the proper alignment and cleaning of new teeth. Always ensure these toys are safe and appropriate for your puppy’s size and breed.
Retained Puppy Teeth
What if your puppy still has one or more baby teeth? Is this a problem?
When to Be Concerned
Sometimes, a puppy’s baby teeth don’t fall out as expected. This is known as retained deciduous teeth. It’s most common with the canine teeth. If you notice any baby teeth remaining while adult teeth are coming in, it’s time to consult with us.
The Next Steps
Retained teeth can cause pet dental issues, like misalignment and increased tartar buildup. Our team at VO Vets will assess and recommend the best course of action for your pet, which might include extraction to prevent future dental problems.
Caring for Your Puppy’s Teeth
The best time to start cleaning your puppy’s teeth is now! The sooner you have them start, the easier it is for your puppy to get used to the process.
Routine Dental Care
Good dental habits start young. Introducing regular tooth brushing with puppy-friendly toothpaste can set the foundation for good oral health. Also, regular dental checkups are essential to catch and address any issues early.
Dental Signs to Watch For
While teething is a normal process, watch out for excessive discomfort, a lack of appetite, or any unusual behavior. If you have concerns about your puppy’s dental health, we’re here to help.
Taking care of your puppy’s teeth is an important aspect of their overall health. Understanding the teething process, being vigilant about their dental care, and knowing when to seek professional help is key to helping your puppy grow up into a healthy adult dog. For any questions or to schedule an appointment, reach out to VO Vets at (682) 350-8890. We’re here to support your puppy’s journey to a happy and healthy life.