There comes a time in your beloved pooch’s life when the poor thing starts losing their teeth. But, sometimes, this process goes unnoticed and sometimes your pooch wreaks havoc. Beware! Your furniture may be the potential target. It is important that you inform yourself on the matter before the whole ordeal starts. I’ve read about this phenomenon, but I also picked up a few things when my retriever Joey started losing his teeth. Unfortunately, there are some things I wish I knew in advance. That’s why I want to share my experience with you and, hopefully, prepare you for everything that’s about to happen.
First off, let’s talk about the teething timeline. You should know this since you’ll want to anticipate the change. When your puppy draws their first breath, they don’t have teeth. Three weeks later, their baby teeth start coming through the gums and after six weeks, most of the baby teeth are out. After two more weeks, all of the baby teeth are there. After three months, your pooch starts absorbing the roots of their baby teeth and then, after four months, the inevitable starts happening – their teeth begin to loosen and fall out. In the sixth month, all the baby teeth will be gone. Finally, in the eighth month, your pooch will finally get their adult teeth.
Help your dog overcome the situation
Now that you know what to expect and when, you should learn how you can make things easier for your beloved pup. We advise that you provide them with something to chew on. As soon as your dog starts losing their milk teeth and growing their adult chompers you need to find something for it to chew on. The whole process of losing and growing teeth is painful, so it is natural that your slippers might pay the price if you fail to find a toy to sacrifice. A soft teething toy should be enough for your pup, but you can also use a frozen carrot instead – it will both soothe their gums and provide your doggo with vitamins. This way you’ll help your dog deal with pain and prevent gingivitis.
When Joey started losing his teeth I adjusted his diet according to the situation since I realized he was having a difficult time chewing. Instead of dry junior food I fed him before, I started giving him home-cooked soft food. According to his vet, that was a mistake. A mistake that many proud owners make. His vet later explained how soft cooked food did no good for our pup. Instead, it only prolonged the teething process, which could have caused further complications. Fortunately, we talked to our vet on time and switched back to the good old Ivory Coat dry dog food our pup adores. The teething process continued normally and there were absolutely no complications.
Complications – better safe than sorry
It is not so rare that a baby tooth doesn’t fall out even though the adult tooth started growing. Unfortunately, that makes room for various complications. If you notice that your pup’s teeth are not all out after the expected amount of time, you need to visit your vet. Fail to do so and you’ll compromise your pup’s biting abilities due to poorly aligned jaws. On top of that, your dog will be in a greater deal of pain. Make an appointment in advance and avoid the problem. Anticipate the problem, check up on your pup regularly and act if necessary.
All in all, you have to be patient. Let your dog chew a few toys and carrots, and save your furniture and your nerves. So, be responsible and take good care of your best friend.