Puppy Health

Soothing Your Teething Puppy

Around the age of 12 weeks, puppies start to lose their baby teeth. During this point in time, their gums may likely become red, swollen, and irritated. You will notice these little pooches will find ways to relieve their teething discomfort by chewing on absolutely everything in sight. If you do not look for a remedy, your furniture, shoes, and even your walls might take the brunt!

The key to helping your pooch get through this chewing phase is to give proper soothing distractions for his teething problem.

Common Relief Options

1. Chew Toys. Giving your pet one or two chew toys at a time will help a lot in minimizing the teething discomfort he’s going through. However, do not give your pup too many toys at once as it can train him to chew on whatever is at hand. Look for toys in pet supply stores that are made of hard rubber material and can be filled with dog biscuit or peanut butter. This way, your pup can be encouraged to focus on the toy instead of the other items around the house.

2. Cold Chews. You may also opt for commercial toys for dogs that are designed to be frozen. The coldness can greatly help in soothing the aching gums and teeth of your pup. You can make your homemade frozen chew by simply twisting a wet rag into a stick-like shape and then freezing it.

3. Ice Cubes. Fortunately, some pooches have no problem chewing on ice cubes to relieve their teething discomfort. Now, if your pet does not appear to be interested in chewing on plain ice cubes, try freezing beef or chicken broth as a substitute.  You may also try dropping a few ice cubes in his food bowl when he is experiencing intense chewing needs.

4. Herbs. Herbal plants such as chamomile and lavender have soothing properties that could significantly help calm your pup during tough teething periods. Make a tea out from these herbs. Let it cool and then pour some over your pet’s dry food. You may also try injecting the tea into his mouth using a syringe. Freezing the tea into ice cubes and then allowing your pooch to chew on them is also recommended.

Tips

When your furry little pet is teething, it is advisable that you do your part to lessen the tempting chewing opportunities at home. Keep your floor picked up and make sure that your shoes are set aside in the bedroom or closet. Move those things set in your pup’s eye level to higher ground. As much as possible, confine your pooch to a puppy-proofed room in the house when you need to leave the house for a long period of time. Don’t worry and be patient, your dog will eventually grow out of this crazy phase!

Do you have any lifesaving teething tips? How did you cope with a teething puppy? Share with our readers below!

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Heather tetley

    Feb 28, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    The chewing is not yet too bad, I have a 14 week old Lhasa Apso, it's that she is biting hands, ankles shoes etc.. very obviously teething trouble..ninwould welcome suggestions.

  2. June

    Oct 22, 2016 at 8:34 am

    You can get it on Amazon

  3. Julia

    May 17, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I have a 9 week old Lab. I have chew toys, frozen ice etc… Today I was about to throw out a French baguette which is stale and very hard (only 2 days old). He is chewing on it now, this is the longest attention chew yet. It’s not even messy. He gets crumbs from it.

  4. Jacqueline Woolston

    Mar 10, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    I have used bonjela teething gel in the past for my puppies as it works well. I now have a German Shepherd puppy and she is teething so I have bonjela teething gel for her.

    • Candice

      Apr 15, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Where can I get this gel?

    • S

      Jul 11, 2016 at 9:56 am

      This was taken off the market.

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