Your little fur ball is starting to lose its teeth and you don’t know what to do? Or your family has just grown with the arrival of a young dog and you want to get a head start on the next steps in his life? Find out when the fateful date is and what to do when your puppy’s baby teeth fall out.
At what age does a dog lose his milk teeth?
Like humans, puppies are born without teeth. They grow some time after their birth, about 3 to 6 weeks after giving birth. Depending on the breed, the dog will have between 28 and 32 milk teeth that will start to fall out at 4 months of age. During 3 months, all his baby teeth will be exchanged by adult teeth. At 7 months of age, he will have all his permanent teeth.
The incisors are usually the first to fall out, followed by the canines. They are replaced when your pet is 5 months old. Finally, the premolars become molars from the 6th month.
How can I ease the pain?
When your puppy’s teeth fall out, new teeth appear and their growth causes pain in the gums. This inflammatory period is fortunately temporary, but it leads to an almost irrepressible urge to chew. So you’ll need to both ease your puppy’s pain and prevent him from biting everything. To do this, you’ll need to provide your puppy with chew toys that are specially designed for small dogs. They should be sturdy enough for the intensity with which your puppy will lash out. Finally, because of the positive impact that cold can have on pain, you can also place the toys you provide in a freezer beforehand.
What should I do if my dog’s baby teeth don’t fall out?
Sometimes, after the average time, your little fur ball still doesn’t lose its teeth. You don’t have to worry until your dog is 7 months old, but after that time, it is necessary to make an appointment with a veterinarian. An operation to remove the last remaining baby teeth will be performed. This is a benign procedure that has no consequences.
Teething can be a difficult ordeal for both the puppy and his family. However, by doing the right things, this period will go smoothly for everyone. It’s up to you to spot the warning signs and act quickly.