How many teeth do dogs lose?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

Dogs, like humans, go through a process of losing their baby teeth and developing their adult teeth. This transition usually occurs around four months of age, but it can vary depending on the breed and individual dog. During this time, dogs lose their puppy teeth and replace them with their adult teeth, which include the molars.

To be more specific, puppies start out with 28 baby teeth, also known as deciduous teeth. These teeth are temporary and are not as strong or durable as adult teeth. They serve their purpose during the early stages of a dog’s life when they are primarily consuming milk or soft foods.

Around the age of four months, the process of losing the baby teeth begins. The baby teeth start to loosen and eventually fall out, making way for the adult teeth to come in. This transition can be a bit uncomfortable for puppies, and they may experience some mild discomfort or tenderness in their mouths during this time.

The adult teeth, also known as permanent teeth, begin to emerge as the baby teeth fall out. Dogs typically have 42 adult teeth, including incisors, canines, premolars, and molars. The exact number and arrangement of teeth can vary slightly depending on the breed of the dog.

It’s important to note that the process of losing baby teeth and growing adult teeth is not always smooth and seamless. Some puppies may experience delayed tooth eruption or may retain some baby teeth even after the adult teeth have come in. In such cases, it is recommended to consult a veterinarian to ensure proper dental development.

As an expert, I have seen many puppies go through this tooth transition phase. It can be an interesting and sometimes amusing experience. I remember one particular puppy who seemed to lose his baby teeth with great enthusiasm. He would eagerly show off his loose teeth, often making a game out of it with his human family. It was a joy to witness his excitement as he grew his adult teeth and eventually had a full set of strong, healthy teeth.

Dogs typically lose their baby teeth and develop their adult teeth around four months of age. The 28 puppy teeth are replaced by 42 adult teeth, including the molars. This process is an important part of a dog’s dental development and should be monitored to ensure proper oral health.