Changing teeth in puppies
Changing the teeth is very painful in puppies. You can recognize this pain by a poorer diet, lazy behavior or more bite behavior
How does changing teeth work in puppies?
A puppy begins to get the first milk teeth when he is around 3 weeks old. Het milk teeth is complete after 2 months,a totalof 28 teeth. Changing the teeth differt per breed, but on average it starts around 3 months. Once a dog is six months old, the adult teeth are usually complete. Now the teeth have 42 teeth and molars: 12 incisors, 4 canines and 26 molars. For strong and healthy teeth, sufficient calcium in the feed is essential.
There are special chew toys that relieve the pain. It is important that the toys are soft to bite into, but cannot be bitten apart due to the strong material. This prevents pieces of the toys from breaking down and the puppy swallowing them. Cold toys can provide temporary relief against the pain; therefore, it is wise if you first wet the toys a little and then put them in the freezer. Toys such as Kong Puppy also have another function: they prevent puppies from getting bored and if not biting the stuff in the house.
After changing the teeth, make sure that the teeth are straight. When the puppy is still young, the veterinarian can still correct errors in the teeth. Deviations to look at are:
- A wrong position of the teeth
- Over- or under-bite
- Standing of milk teeth
- Missing teeth or molars
Brushing the puppies' teeth
Brushing your teeth also has a lot of impact on your puppy's teeth later. If you let a puppy get used to brushing their teeth, it will be easier later in life. easier. When you brush the puppy's teeth 2 to 3 times a week, this can prevent many dental problems. However, it is important that you purchase a special dog brush and toothpaste. For puppies, it is best to buy a finger toothbrush or a toothbrush with a small head.