Like humans, puppies go through the teething process when they are growing within the first year of their lives. When they are first born, puppies don't have teeth until when they are about six to eight weeks old, and then their average 28 baby teeth count will slowly come in for the next few months.
When the little pups reach about three to four months old, they will start to lose their baby teeth and have their adult molars and canines come in. For some, it can take up to almost a year for the average 42 adult teeth to grow. During this time, again like humans, the teething process can be irritating and even painful for your little mutts.
So here are a few things you can do at home to help make your puppies "growing up" smoother:
- Lots of chew toys: You may notice that your loving and cute little puppies are starting to misbehave by chewing and biting everything that they can get their little paws on. To help save some of your furniture and/or shoes, be sure to have a lot of different chew toys or bones that they can munch on as an alternative.
- Soft foods: If the teething process is uncomfortable for your baby mutts, you may notice that they don't have as good of an appetite as they used to. In this case you can try substituting a part of their meal with softer foods such as canned dog food to ease some of the pain and discomfort.
- Numb the pain: If it's obvious that the teething process for your pups are painful, you can always try numbing their mouths by putting ice in their water and/or applying a wet frozen wash cloth to their gums on a regular basis. For further actions or tips, consult your trusted vet.