How To Help A Teething Pup

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How To Help A Teething Pup

When your puppy is 3 to 4 months old, they will lose their baby teeth and new, permanent teeth will begin to emerge. As you might imagine, this process can cause swelling, redness, and irritation, and your puppy will seek out ways to soothe the pain. The most common behavior? Chewing, and not always on items that are appropriate.There are plenty of stories of pups chomping on shoes, gnawing the sofa, and nibbling on the molding, but fortunately, there are things you can do to help soothe your palโ€™s pain and protect your belongings in the process.

1. Provide One or Two Appropriate Chews

If you donโ€™t give your pup something to chew on, they will find something to chew on. Instead of leaving your buddy to their own devices, offer them a chew or two -- and only a chew or two. If you offer your puppy too many options, it will make it difficult for them to distinguish between what is appropriate to chew on around the house and what isnโ€™t. You can entice your puppy to chew their new toys by smearing a bit of peanut butter on them. And remember to supervise your puppy when they are chewing, especially if they are munching on something like a bully stick or rawhide that can break into small pieces.

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2. Freeze To Ease

Frozen items help to soothe teething mouths by numbing sore gums and reducing inflammation. Offer your puppy an ice cube, wet down a rag, twist it into a knot, and freeze it to create a satisfying toy, or freeze a carrot and let the your pal munch on it. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A and Potassium and make a great snack, but because they are also high in fiber, you should feed them in moderation to avoid an upset stomach.

3. Puppy-Proof Your House

Even if you offer your pup lots of safe and healthy chews, they may occasionally still look for other things to nibble on. Puppy-proof your house to make sure that they wonโ€™t ingest anything harmful, such as poisonous foods or loose items on tables or shelves. You should also hide electrical cords, which if chewed on could be fatal. If you want to teach your puppy not to chew on something in particular, consider purchasing some Bitter Apple Spray. Bitter Apple Spray is a non-toxic, odorless formula that can be sprayed directly onto furniture or items that your pup is likely to go after. The taste is terrible to a dog, so chances are they wonโ€™t go back for a second bite.

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4. Monitor Your Pupโ€™s Teeth

Teething usually lasts a few weeks to a month (youโ€™ll get through it!), and you should keep an eye on your pupโ€™s teeth and take them for a vet visit during the process to ensure that all of the new teeth are coming in appropriately. Retained deciduous teeth can cause problems down the road, and it is better to catch the issue early than face the medical and financial consequences later.---How do you help your puppy with teething? Leave a comment and let us know, and consider signing up for PetPlus to save on your pet's medications, supplies, boarding, and more. 

Caring for the Teeth of Your Pup

If you havenโ€™t noticed, your pup has teeth and those teeth need to be cared for. What a lot of dog owners donโ€™t realize is that their pups need proper dental care. Dental health has an impact on the pupโ€™s overall health. Your pup may not be able to communicate his/her needs to you and because of that, they often suffer in silence. Poor dental health can lead to many complications. For example, the bacteria in the mouth can enter your pupโ€™s bloodstream and cause cardiovascular issues. In fact, it can even affect the liver and kidneys. According to a survey, around 85% of dogs above the age of 4 suffer from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease refers to a range of oral health conditions that can lead to infection and teeth loss. It is also a highly painful condition.This is exactly why your pup needs oral and dental care. So, to help you, weโ€™ve listed out a few helpful tips and suggestions.

Getting started

The first step is obviously to get your pup used to you handling his/her mouth. This will get him accustomed to the brushing and cleaning and you wonโ€™t have trouble even when the little guy/gal grows up. There isnโ€™t a specific time or hour to start the process. You could just try to open his/her mouth or place your hand over his/her muzzle when he/she snuggles up to you. Try to talk to your pup in a loving and friendly tone when you are doing this. Offer some praise and share treats. This will help your pup think that thereโ€™s something good going on and he/she wonโ€™t resist later. Do this as often as possible.

The basics

Once your pup gets used to you handling his/her mouth, you can start off with some basic dental care.First off, you will need to brush your pupโ€™s teeth. This will help prevent issues such as tar-tar. Try doing this on a weekly basis. Always approach your pup, when he/she is calm and relaxed. Start off by using your fingers and then, move onto using a brush. You can also consult your vet on brushing techniques.The next step is to include some oral care foods. You can start by feeding him/her premium pet food that is kibbled and firm. Such foods will offer protection against plaque formation because of the abrasive properties they possess. In fact, some premium pet foods are made for this very purpose. Similarly, there are dental treats that freshen up your pupโ€™s breath and prevent plaque. Plus, these treats are flavorful, which makes things even simpler. Just hand out one or two and your pup isnโ€™t likely to refuse. Finally, take your pup to the vet for periodical examinations and cleaning. Talk to your vet about the visit schedule.

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