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Make Your Puppy’s Teething More Comfortable

Puppies are born without teeth. After about two weeks, a puppy’s baby teeth will begin to grow in; after 12 weeks, all of the baby teeth will appear. After that, the adult set of teeth will start to come in, replacing the baby teeth. This process, known as teething, can be uncomfortable and irritable for your puppy. Below, a Farmington veterinarian gives you tips for alleviating some of your puppy’s discomfort, as well as reducing the possibility of him chewing up your favorite chair in the process!

Get a Chew Toy

Providing your pup with a good chew toy is the first item of business. Your puppy’s adult teeth are putting force on his gums and he needs to chew to reduce irritation. Without a proper chew toy present, your puppy will turn to whatever is available—that might be furniture, your shoes, or your purse. Make sure to get a chew toy that doesn’t have small parts that can break off and block his windpipe or digestive system. You can ask your Farmington veterinarian for his or her recommendation on a good chew toy.

If your pup doesn’t take to his chew toy right away, you can experiment with adding flavors to it to enhance the appeal. Spread a small amount of peanut butter or grease on the toy—making sure, of course, that these substances are safe for your dog.

Use Ice

As an occasional alternative to the chew toy, try giving your puppy ice cubes, or crushed ice for smaller breed dogs. Drop some in your puppy’s water dish. Obviously the ice will melt as your puppy chews on it, but the hardness and cold sensation will feel good on his irritated gums.

Massage the Gums

You can try physically massaging your puppy’s gums to alleviate pain. Some dogs may love this, and some might not. Sit with your puppy and support his head and chin. Gently part the lips and rub her upper and lower gums for a few minutes each. If your dog responds positively, you can make it a regular process. Ask your Farmington vet for more tips on this as well as ways to get your dog used to gum massages.

Teething isn’t pleasant, and nothing is going to change that. By trying some of these suggestions, though, you can significantly reduce the discomfort your puppy is going through.

 

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