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Around 4-5 months of age, puppies will start to get their permanent teeth. There are several things you can do, both to ease the pain and control the chewing:
- Make some chicken soup (low-sodium variety or make it yourself) ice cubes and give them to the puppy.
- Soak a clean rag in water, wring it out, and then freeze it (rolling it up helps) and give it to your puppy to chew on.
- Soften the kibble a bit with water.
- Discourage biting on your arm or hand for comfort.
Puppies lose their teeth in a distinct pattern:
- First, the small front teeth come out.
- Then come the premolars just behind the canines.
- Then the molars in the back come out (and you’ll see adult molars behind those erupting as well).
- Finally, the canine teeth come out.
- Sometimes the adult canines erupt before the baby canines have come all the way out.
During this time, some discomfort, including bleeding gums is to be expected. Your puppy will want to chew more during this period of time, but it may also be too painful to do so (hence the suggestions above).
You will probably find few if any of the teeth your puppy loses, because puppies typically swallow them.