At what age do dogs teeth start hurting?

Answered by John Hunt

Puppies start teething at around 3 to 4 months of age. This is the time when their baby teeth, also known as deciduous teeth, begin to fall out to make way for their adult teeth. Just like human babies, puppies explore the world around them by putting objects in their mouths. This behavior is completely normal and helps them learn about their environment.

During the teething process, puppies’ gums can become sore and tender. This can cause discomfort and pain for your little furry friend. You may notice that your puppy starts chewing on objects more frequently, or even your fingers, to alleviate the discomfort they are feeling.

It’s important to understand that teething is a natural process and is necessary for puppies to develop their adult teeth. However, as a responsible pet owner, there are several things you can do to help ease your puppy’s teething pain.

1. Provide appropriate chew toys: Offering your puppy safe and durable chew toys can help alleviate their teething pain. Look for toys specifically designed for teething puppies, as they are usually softer and gentler on their gums. Avoid toys that are too hard or small, as they may damage your puppy’s teeth or pose a choking hazard.

2. Cold items for soothing: Cold temperatures can provide relief to your puppy’s sore gums. You can try freezing a wet washcloth or a puppy-safe teething toy and then giving it to your pup to chew on. The coldness can numb their gums and reduce inflammation.

3. Supervise and redirect: Keep a close eye on your puppy during the teething phase to ensure they are not chewing on inappropriate items, such as furniture or electrical cords. If you catch your puppy chewing on something they shouldn’t, gently redirect their attention to an appropriate chew toy.

4. Gentle massage: You can try gently massaging your puppy’s gums with your finger to provide some relief. Make sure your hands are clean before doing this and be cautious of your puppy’s reaction, as some may not enjoy this sensation.

5. Consult your veterinarian: If you notice excessive bleeding, severe pain, or any other concerning symptoms during your puppy’s teething process, it’s best to consult your veterinarian. They can examine your puppy’s mouth and provide guidance on any necessary treatments or pain relief options.

It’s important to remember that teething is a temporary phase and will eventually pass. Your puppy’s adult teeth will come in, and the discomfort will subside. In the meantime, providing appropriate care and attention can help make this process more manageable for both you and your furry companion.

I remember when my own puppy went through the teething stage. It was a challenging time as she constantly chewed on everything she could find. We made sure to have a variety of chew toys available for her and regularly rotated them to keep her engaged. Additionally, we would freeze some of her toys to provide her with the soothing relief she needed. It took a few weeks, but eventually, her adult teeth came in, and the teething phase was behind us. It’s important to have patience and understanding during this time, as it is a natural part of your puppy’s development.