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Puppy Teething: A Guide to Navigating Your Pup's Chewing Phase

Puppy Teething: A Guide to Navigating Your Pup's Chewing Phase

Teething puppy help! Teething can present a challenging period for puppy parents as it inflicts pain upon them, leading them to gnaw on anything for self-soothing. Our vets in Clearlake offer valuable tips to guide you in helping your puppy navigate this phase. 

Why is my puppy biting me and chewing on everything?

Much like human babies, puppies bite and chew on objects to ease the discomfort in their mouths during the teething phase. While safeguarding your furniture (and fingers) from these little chewers can be challenging, it's important to remain composed and remember that they are simply trying to alleviate their discomfort.

When do puppies start teething?

Different breeds may exhibit slight variations, but puppies typically begin developing their initial set of teeth at approximately 5-6 weeks of age. When they reach the age of about 4 months, they initiate the process of shedding their sharp baby teeth, while their adult teeth commence to emerge.

How long does puppy teething last?

Once your puppy reaches the age of approximately 6-7 months, they will have fully developed their adult teeth, and teething will cease to be a concern. Nevertheless, until this milestone is reached, the veterinarians at Clearlake offer valuable advice to assist you and your pup manage this demanding phase.

Store Some Puppy Friendly Teething Toys in the Freezer

Like teething infants, puppies can relieve teething discomfort by chewing on cold or frozen items. You can easily help your furry friend by freezing various dog toys available at most pet stores, such as Kongs, rubber bones, and soft toys specifically designed for dogs.

Offer Your Pup Extra Durable Chew Toys

Special bones for puppies experiencing teething are available from brands like Nylabone, offering various sizes tailored to small, medium, and large breeds. These bones feature enticing flavors that encourage your puppy to chew on them rather than your belongings, fostering healthy chewing habits and relieving discomfort.

Edible Teething Sticks for Puppies

Numerous trusted dog food brands provide edible teething treats and bones for puppies to alleviate your furry companion's mouth discomfort. Your veterinarian might prescribe a particular option tailored to your small dog, or you can visit a nearby pet store to select from various flavors and sizes. Ensure you choose the appropriate size for your pup to maximize the benefits of the teething treat.

Healthy Frozen Foods For Puppies to Chew

Puppies often enjoy frozen treats that are safe to eat and chew on frozen toys. Frozen apple slices or carrots can be a good choice. However, it is important to consult with your vet before introducing any new "human" food to your furry friend.

My puppy keeps biting me. What should I do?

Puppies naturally engage in play by nipping and biting. When a puppy bites another too hard, the injured pup responds with a high-pitched yelp.

If your puppy is nipping and biting you, addressing this behavior is crucial. One effective method for curbing this behavior involves replicating the yelp of a hurt puppy when your canine companion sinks their teeth into you. Emitting a loud "ow" in a high-pitched tone should startle your puppy and prompt them to retreat. When your puppy stops and backs away, make sure to reward their good behavior.

Should this approach lead to your puppy nipping more aggressively, calmly cease playing with your puppy, walk away, or gently place your pup in their crate for some quiet time.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

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