Look at you! So you finally decided to be a pet parent and raise a puppy. Congratulations!
If you’re new to the pet world, then chances are that you are already aware that there are still lots of changes before you fully become comfortable and familiar with your dog. There are of course countless options of dog food, treats, costumes, chew toys, and other accessories you may want to be aware of.
Other than all of the previously mentioned factors, there is also the aspect of your dog’s overall well-being. Since the quality of life of your dog is in your hands, then it’s only natural that you’d want to know more about how your pet can live its life to the fullest.
One of the questions you’re probably thinking to yourself right now is, what are the things you should look out for?
Additionally, further questions start to arise. Should you be more concerned about your dog’s health? Should visits to the veterinarian be on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis? Should I be very conscious about what I feed my dog? At what age do I start training them?
Yes. The questions seem endless! But for this article, we are going to talk about when do dogs stop teething.
Let’s get right into it!
What Is The Teething Process?
Just like in humans, puppy teeth also have baby teeth that fall out eventually. In a nutshell, it simply pertains to a certain period when canine teeth develop overtime, undergoing certain changes from baby teeth to a potential adult tooth. Puppy teething may take quite some time, depending on the months of age. During the said periods of time, dogs lose or grow certain sets of teeth, which is what we all know as the teething period.
The Teething Timeline: All You Need To Know
Spending time learning the period in which your happy puppy starts experiencing oral discomfort may prove to be the difference between having a good relationship with your pooch and a completely forgetful one.
For the puppy teething stage, here are some of the periods you need to know:
Upon birth up to the first 2 weeks of your dog, there will be no visible teeth found on your puppy’s mouth, and this doesn’t take owners by surprise.
During the 2nd and 4th week, your pup’s eyes will start to open, and while he may still be in the nursing period, you start to notice that their baby teeth start appearing, and their incisors start to emerge. These are then followed by premolars, followed by molars, and then lastly, canines.
For the 5th and 8th week, this is the expected time wherein all your dog’s baby teeth are in place. 28 of them, to be exact. This is also the part of puppy teething wherein their milk teeth will begin to fall out. This is also the time wherein there is a tendency for puppy chewing, as this is the period wherein they start to learn to eat moist or soft puppy food.
Around 12 to 16 weeks, adult teeth start taking place and start to push the baby teeth out. This may also be the period in which your dog may start to feel pain or discomfort, so consider getting them safe chew toys to help relieve the pain. It also helps to know beforehand if any of your dog’s teeth need to be treated or corrected, so as to ensure that your pooch will have a good time chewing and eating some of his favorite dog goods, treats, or chew toys.
Finally, once your puppy crosses the 6th-month mark, then you should be informed that this is the period that all adult teeth should have already emerged, and all baby teeth must have already fallen out. For cases wherein there are still baby teeth left, owners usually visit their trusted veterinarians to have it safely removed.
And there we have it! I hope this feature was able to help you out in identifying the timeline for your puppy’s teething.
Additionally, it helps to know that familiarizing yourself with your dog’s teething process may prove to be useful whenever you encounter instances that your dog starts chewing on your favorite shoes or start terrorizing your furniture.
At the end of the day, it’s always best to pay your trusted veterinarian a visit whenever you have concerns with your dog’s teeth.