Teeth & Dental Care
Puppies are born with 28 puppy teeth and they start teething at about 3 months as they start to chew on almost anything they have access too. At about 4 months of age the baby teeth begin to fall out to be replaced by adult teeth. Generally puppies have lost all their puppy teeth around 6 months of age. Although born with 28 teeth adult dogs have 42 teeth whether they are a Chihuahua or Irish Wolfhound. It’s during this teething phase that we need to supervise closely and provide our puppies with a great amount of the proper things to chew. If we don’t meet their needs they will find a way to meet their own needs that may not be to our liking.
What to do
Provide them with a variety of safe chew toys so they are less likely to chew on inappropriate things. Rotate these toys every day or even twice a day to keep them interested in the toys. If there is a favorite one or two toys, you can leave them out every day and just rotate the others to keep them all interesting.
No toy is indestructible • A quality chew toy will satisfy your dog's need to chew and provide a constructive and safe way to occupy his time. • Toys must be nontoxic, large enough that they cannot be swallowed, destroyed or ingested • Supervisor your dog with any new toy to be sure it is safe for your dog.
At about 7-10 months of age dogs will generally start a more pronounced intense stage of chewing that will usually last about 6-12 months. This helps to exercise developing jaws and is the way dogs learn about their environment. (small children also put things in their mouths) It is not uncommon for dogs to pick up shoes, toys, tissues, television remotes, etc… This behavior may be exploratory, or it may be a way the dog has learned to get attention and to get someone to play with them. For guidance on how to properly handle this click here:
Bones & Chews?
Before giving your dog a bone or chew there are several things you need to take into consideration. Start here: Bones & Chews
Caring For Your Dog’s Teeth
How fast your pet's teeth get dirty depends on several factors: by Dr. Karen Becker
Your pet's age and breed
Your pet's diet (high-carbohydrate diets - or those containing rice, corn, wheat, tapioca, or potatoes - promote the need for more frequent dental cleaning)
The amount of saliva your pet produces (the more the better)
Analysis by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker
“As a veterinarian who practices advanced dentistry, this is one of the most common complaints I deal with as a vet. It is important to recognize that there is never a "quick fix" for dental disease, and a complete veterinary examination is necessary to make sure that there are not more serious reasons for your dog's breath to be offensive!”
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