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Understand the Puppy Teething Process

February 1, 2021

Is your puppy teething? If so, you’ll need to do some puppyproofing, and stock up on chew toys. However, aside from that, there’s not a whole lot for you to do while your new pet is going through the teething process. Knowing some of the details of teething is a good idea, though. That way, you know what little Fido is going through and when, and you can let your vet know right away if something seems amiss. 


Newborn Puppies

Just like human babies, puppies are born with no teeth. They just don’t need them at this stage, as they are only drinking milk at this point. Ideally, little Fido will nurse from his mama, but if she’s not available, he can be bottle fed.


2-3 Weeks of Age

Around two or three weeks of age, your furry pal’s first baby teeth will start coming out of the gums. The smaller front teeth, which are called the incisors, are usually the first to appear. The canine teeth will follow. These are the four long fangs. Your puppy’s premolars will be the last to appear. These come in behind the canines, near the back of the mouth. When it’s all been said and done, your puppy will have 28 baby teeth. These are known in medical terms as the deciduous teeth, but are often referred to as the “milk teeth.” 


6 Weeks of Age

By the time your furry little friend is about six weeks old, all 28 of his baby teeth will probably have come in. Around this time, little Fido will be in the process of getting weaned off of the mother’s milk or formula. He’ll begin eating solid puppy food. Did we mention the need for chew toys? 


3-4 Months of Age

Around the 12- to 16-week mark, your puppy’s baby teeth will start falling out. The adult teeth come in and simply push the deciduous teeth out of the way, so you may occasionally see a baby tooth on the floor or by your puppy’s water or food bowls. Most often, though, your pup simply swallows the baby teeth as they come out, which is perfectly normal. 


6 Months and Older

By the time little Fido is about six months old, all 28 of his baby teeth will likely be gone, replaced by 42 adult teeth. Your puppy will now have his molars in addition to premolars, which are the largest teeth at the back of the mouth that help with chewing and mashing food. This is the time to get your pet used to dental care, such as getting his teeth brushed. 


Do you have questions about your puppy’s teething? We’re here to help. Call your vet clinic today.

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