by NativeRemedies on November 5th, 2010 at 7:00 am
When you get a new puppy there are a lot of things to consider, and teething is definitely one of them. Four months old is generally when a puppy starts to lose its first set of baby teeth and adult teeth start to emerge.
Noticeable differences in your pets’ behavior will warn you of the onset of the teething process. Teething puppies not only chew everything they can sink their teeth into, but they also seem restlessness and may whimper from pain.
First and foremost, start brushing your puppy’s teeth right away! Even though your puppy will lose his/her first set of teeth, starting to brush their teeth at an early age will help them get used to the feeling of brushing –which is key to a healthy mouth.
For smaller puppies, apply a small amount of pet-friendly toothpaste to your finger and gently massage over teeth and gums. Try to brush your pet’s teeth 3 times a week if possible. When adult teeth start to emerge, this is also the time when your pet will begin to develop bad breath, so brushing will also come in assist with that.
For your furniture’s sake, buy chew toys. Having a multitude of toys for your new puppy to chew on can really help deter him/her from chewing on chair legs, cushions and other pieces of furniture. Just remember to leave chew toys out while you are in other rooms of the house. Another way to help emerging adult teeth is to feed your puppy small, chewable bite-sized pieces, and be aware that during the teething phase, your puppy may not really want to eat a lot.
Discomfort from teething can last for several months, but luckily can be remedied naturally. Restlessness and mouth pain can be helped by adding chamomile to your pet’s water. Boil water and make chamomile tea just as if you were making a cup for yourself, allow the water to cool and add the chamomile water to your pet’s water bowl for soothing effects.
In addition, homeopathic ingredients such as Calc phos (6C), Mag phos (6C) and Passiflora (3X) all aid in soothing nerves, maintaining healthy bones and teeth and promote healthy digestion.
PupTeeth Granules™ is a homeopathic remedy that relieves teething pain and the urge to chew in puppies & kittens, plus promotes strong teeth.