Much like when a baby starts teething, a puppy’s teething period can not only be painful and itchy but they also don’t know how to solve the problem. This may make them just as irritable and cranky as a teething baby. Your pup will start teething between 12 and 14 weeks where the milk teeth will start fall out and new adult teeth will begin to grow.
By five months, a puppy should have all their adult teeth.
You might not notice the change unless you see the missing teeth. The easiest way to tell if your pup is teething will be if he or she has gone from chewing on a few toys to chewing on everything and anything. Staircase banisters, window sills, house plants, leashes, table and chair legs, shoes and socks, all are fair game to a teething puppy. You may also notice an increase in drool so get your mops ready.
To help your pup during this time you can freeze chicken wings, teething toys or even give them ice cubes to chew on. The cooling effect will sooth their sore gums and also cater to their ‘must chew’ policy during this time. Remember to be patient, they aren’t chewing your stuff to get on your nerves, they are simply doing it to scratch their itchy gums. Make sure your pup has plenty of toys and chewables so that not everything in your home is destroyed.
There are some natural remedies to help too. Herbs such as chamomile and lavender can have soothing properties can help calm your pup during tough teething times. You can make a tea using these, let it cool and then pour some over your pets kibble. Freezing the tea into ice cubes can double the effect as the cooling ice will numb the gums.
Aloe Vera water that you or I drink is a great way to help your pup’s food recover from the irritation of teething. Pour a bit into his or her water bowl, however if they aren’t a fan of the taste you may try and conceal it with puppy food. You can get aloe vera water from most supermarkets.
If the these tips don’t help or you notice infection or bleeding take your pooch to the vet for medical attention.,