This is the time that our last pups who were born in December will be in the full swing of teething.
Teething is just like human babies the baby teeth are coming to and the adult teeth are replacing.
During teething you may even see a new canine sitting tight with the baby tooth. This is usually not a concern. Give your puppies a giant marrow bone and let them have it daily for a week. The chewing can dislodge the tight tooth. Some puppies even at 7 months of age can still have the baby tooth sitting tight. Do not worry about it, eventually it will come out in its own good time. If you have got to 9 months however go and see if your vet can wriggle it free. Ive never known one yet not come out as I've seen it with our Vizsla a couple of times now and ive simply left them but given bones to chew on.
Now when teeth come in, they may not look the correct bite as the head is still changing. Do not worry too much as eventually once the head has cracked at 14 months the mouthes are good. When I look at puppies I wouldn't want to see a tight fitting scissor bite as it could go level from a show prospective. For a pet it doesn't even matter if the bite goes level.
When I have judged dogs Ive had quite a shock when looking in mouthes at the variance I see before me. Even some adult dogs are shown with incorrect bites. It does not effect the dog what so ever.
Going back to teething your puppy will need more things to chew. Beef muscle dehydrated or skin is good. Something they can not eat too quickly. Look at the range of natural treats and buy something which won't be scoffed quickly.
You can give toys which are frozen so cool for gums.
You can buy teething gel for puppies.
Did you know that when teething feet can go flat? Also ears can be held in a funny position. This will change again. Give your puppy gentle exercise on a solid surface and not grass. But no running to damage joints. A good walk around the block is fine but then when on grass you can let them off again.
Puppies go through all peculiar growing stages and around 8-9 months you can see the dog looking much better again.
As your puppy is in chewing mode give them some puzzle toys to entertain the brain. This helps with just plain forgetting what's going on.
You may find a tooth. You may see blood on a toy. Do not panic! It is normal.
If worried seek advice from a holistic vet as they may well give you some options to try.
A good company that sell holistic remedies and you can ring them up is www.ainsworth.com They can send you something which will help your lovely puppy. But in my opinion I just wait it out giving chews.
All will come right in the end. Patience is required. But if you are worried about anything then you can always pay your vet to take a look. A good vet will say wait and see what happens.
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