I go over some basic oral hygiene tips in my Puppy Preschool classes and I often find that first time puppy owners aren’t totally sure they understand those pointy little needles in their puppy’s mouth!
Yes, just like human children, your puppy has a set of “baby” teeth and yes, they will all fall out! The good news is that your puppy will lose those sharp baby teeth much faster than a human kid. Somewhere around four months, your pup will start replacing those baby teeth with adult teeth. Even though the puppy teeth won’t be around long, do yourself a favor and go ahead and get in the habit of routine teeth brushing!
Dental care is extremely important for your dog, and it’s never too early to work on your dog’s tolerance for it. Get in your practice with that awkward doggie toothbrush with teeth that will fall out anyway!
It’s also very important to remember that, just like a human kid, your puppy NEEDS to chew on things! Make sure your pup has plenty of appropriate items for the teething stage – and don’t be overly alarmed if you see a little blood once in a while as teeth get loose or fall out.
We are currently going through the teething stage in our house – and we chew on a lot of nylabones and ice cubes! You can check out the images below to see where Ellie has lost a few of her front teeth. And before you ask, yes, those super sharp canine teeth are usually some of the last ones to go!