Welcome to the wonderful world of puppy parenthood! We know how exciting it can be to bring home a puppy for the first time. Whilst we are sure you are prepared with a quiet crate, a comfy bed and a wide selection of toys, you also need to be ready for your puppy to go through teething.
Keep reading for expert advice on how to prepare for puppy teething, so you can come out the other side with a happy and healthy puppy.
Teething is a natural part of your puppy’s development. Whilst the exact time that your puppy will start teething can depend on their breed, most puppies will start teething at the age of around three weeks old. This is when their milk teeth will start coming through, starting with the incisors, canine teeth, premolars and molars.
As the weeks go by, your puppy’s baby teeth will start to be replaced by permanent teeth. This usually happens at around 12 to 16 weeks old, and can be extremely painful for puppies. During this time, you will have to pay extra attention to your puppy’s behaviour and provide them with plenty of ways to soothe this pain. It can take until your puppy is 24 weeks old for the teething to stop, so you will need to be patient throughout this process.
We understand that no owner wants to see their new puppy in pain, which is why we have come up with a few things you can give your puppy to make them more comfortable.
Cold teethers are a great way of soothing your puppy’s gums and mouth. The best option for a cold teether is a freezable chew toy. These can often be found in pet stores, and will help to keep your puppy entertained at the same time. However, if you can’t track down a freezable chew toy, you can also give them a frozen carrot to chew on.
Hard teethers can help to push the adult teeth through, making the process a bit easier for your puppy. The most popular option for hard teethers is puppy teething toys. We often recommend chew toys that you can hide treats in, as this can also encourage mental stimulation. Our treat range is suitable for puppies and includes fish, pork, turkey and carrot, which are great to pop inside rubber chew toys.
Edible teethers not only help through the difficult puppy teething process, but provide them with delicious treats to enjoy. These are often marketed as dental chews, and are a safer option than giving your puppy a bone to chew on. However, make sure to look for chews that contain natural ingredients, as some treats can be very high in calories. As your puppy will be looking for anything to chew on when they are teething, having a durable yet edible chew is always a great solution, and should save you from having to puppy proof your furniture!
When getting ready to welcome home your new puppy, we imagine you looked online or went to your local supermarket to see what food options were available. However, with so many products lining the shelves, this can easily become overwhelming. Luckily, we can help!
Most puppies can manage dry food very well. If you think that their mouth seems sore due to teething, you can soften the dry food with some warm water. Once soaked for a few minutes, this can form a delicious porridge for your puppy to enjoy. In fact, our chicken and rice puppy food would make a great option for this!
If you have any more questions about your puppy's diet get in touch. We have a dedicated team of nutritional advisers, who can answer your questions and calm your worries about welcoming a puppy into your home. Get in touch to support the healthy development of your puppy.