Dexter is four and a half month and the teething phase is up on us. His permanent teeth are coming in and all the “fun” aspects of teething are right behind them.
Adult dogs have 42 teeth. Puppies have small and very sharp teeth. Around 4-5 months of age, the new permanent teeth start to come through. As the new teeth come out, they push the baby teeth out of the way.
During the teething phase the expected things are just the tip of the iceberg. Most people expect the puppy to chew on things more and be a bit more mouthy.
However, it often comes as a surprise to dog owners when they are confronted with other effects of teething.
Here is a list of common issues one can observe during the teething period:
- Hyper-activity … and that’s from a puppy. So that can be ton’s of “fun”
- Unusual and out of character behavior
- Biting the owner and others around them.
- Blood on the toys
Dexter has demonstrated almost all of the above in a span of few days. He still has his baby fangs and not all molars have come through.
Thankfully, the teething period is not that long (few months at most). Once they are done, you do not have to suffer from those needle sharp teeth any more.
So if your puppy is about 4 months of age and is acting weird or not feeling well, take a quick look in their mouth and you will probably see some changes. Do not despair or panic. Get them some chew toys and bones. Be patient and it will pass by very soon!