Is my dog teething?
Like humans, dogs also go through teething though the process might not be the same. Unlike human babies who will tend to run a fever and become clingy, puppies tend to bite on everything when teething. Teething in dogs is very evident, but most of the time, you might think that your dog is just annoying or misbehaving. Some people could also believe that their dog is seriously ill, which is not the case. Below are some tips to help you know if your dog is teething.
Teething dogs chew on anything they come across. It can be your shoes, slippers, floor rug, furniture, and even legs and figures. If you notice your dog chewing on things, then it’s probably teething. Chewing helps to alleviate the pain that comes with the erupting teeth and acts as a soother. It is the only way they would think of to help them ease the pain. It is advisable to have teething dog toys readily available because you never know when you will need them. Freezing the toys or throwing them ice cube can help them ease the teething pain. When they chew on your favorite pair of shoes, don’t shout at them. Instead, understand and comfort them. You can also help ease their pain by massaging their gums.
If you notice a lot of wetness around your dog’s face, on their bed, or wherever they sleep, then probably new teeth are on the way. Most of the time, you will realize that your dog is releasing more saliva than usual. Some dogs also tend to have a horrible breath at this time. These signs are very normal, but when your dog starts salivating a lot, and the bad breathe becomes unbearable, then you need to see your vet. Drooling dogs can be pretty annoying sometimes, don’t go chasing them out and shouting at them as this is only temporary.
Blood on Favorite Toys
First of all, this is not an alarm; do not panic. Bleeding is minimal, and it will stop eventually by itself when the teething problem goes away. Teething is painful, and those bloodstains will be a reminder that your furry friend is going through a difficult phase. However, if you notice a large amount of blood, be sure to call or visit your vet. You will also see that their gums are swollen and red. You can help them by applying the soothing gel on their gums and gently massaging them.
Sometimes you will find fallen baby teeth on the floor or stuck on their toys. Do not panic or worry and start wondering why your dog is losing their teeth. Some people collect and keep them in their dogs’ books or throw them away. You can decide to do the same. Sometimes your dog might have swallowed some of the falling teeth, which is very okay and normal. Sometimes the teeth fall off while eating, and they just swallowed them.
Teething symptoms can include reduced appetite. Some dogs will automatically refuse to eat during this period. Some will eat but very slowly, and you might find yourself confusing this with a different health issue. If you’re confident that your dog is in perfect health, then poor eating is just causing them pain and discomfort because of the teething issue. Sometimes, your dog may seem so bothered with their sore mouth. You can make them some beef broth ice cubes and give them. The beef broth will attract them to eat, and the ice cubes will help soothe their sore gums. You can also give them bonny meat. This way, they could chew on the bone to aid with chewing while getting them to eat the meat. When the poor appetite exceeds the teething period, then visit your vet for a checkup.
Your Dog is in a Bad Mood
Some teething dogs will tend to whine or fuss more than usual. You might notice a once playful dog suddenly wants to lie around, doesn’t want to play or run around. Chances are they are teething, and they do not want to be disturbed. During this time, some dogs may experience changes in their bowel movements. It may become loose and watery. At this time, your dog needs your love and attention more. Try teasing them or giving them their favorite toy to cheer them up even a little bit.
Sometimes your dog might be running low-temperature, cry, and whimper. You should take your dog’s temperature and know if it’s are okay or not. The average temperature should be 38.3 to 38.8 degrees Celsius. Anything above or below that could suggest your dog has a fever or they’re just teething. Remember, not all dogs have a fever, cry, or whimper during teething. If you notice any extreme unusual temperatures, always visit your vet.
As the teeth are falling out, the behavior of your dog might change as well. What began as teething and mouthing almost everything might turn into nipping and eventually biting. You need to be very watchful and careful if you notice such a change of behavior. Try being stricter with them so that they don’t get out of hand and become extremely aggressive in teething. You don’t want your once so adorable, playful, and friendly pooch to start biting and chasing your children and other pets away. If you don’t control the aggression even after the end of the teething period, enroll your dog for an obedience class to tame their behavior.
Teething is a crucial part of every growing dog. Some get through it pretty well, while others become so frustrated. During such times, you should be the most compassionate and very understanding of your dog. You should be your dog’s best friend and assistant. Try and offer them the appropriate teething tools. If they chew, don’t go punishing and shouting at them. Be alert to notice any dangers so that you can know when to call or go to your vet.