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February 8th, 2014, 08:41 AM
meghan.cearley meghan.cearley is offline
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Hi, I'm brand new to this board. I've been a vet tech for 10 years and a dog trainer for 4. Losing puppy teeth can be a very uncomfortable time for the pups! And it can definitely change their eating habits! Offering softer food during this time period is a great idea. I would be a little cautious about milk though. Many dogs and cats are lactose intolerant. Their bodies were not built to digest cows milk. And after puppies are weaned, their bodies really don't require dairy at all. So if you would like to give milk, only give a tiny amount to make sure it doesn't make your puppy sick. Definitely make sure your puppy is getting enough water though!! Believe it or not, chewing on appropriate items will actually help your pup. Chewing is the natural way dogs help teeth fall out and chewing will help the adult teeth come in and set properly in the jaw.

Here are a few tips I've learned along the way:
1 - Always have appropriate chew toys available to the puppy. When they get the urge to chew they will definitely find something to chew on. Having appropriate chew toys out will save your couch, shoes, remote control, etc...

2 - Cold feels good!!! So get a toy you can throw in the freezer! Your pup will be grateful!!

3 - ice cubes and frozen carrots are delightfully cheap treats!!! Dogs love the crunchiness of ice cubes and carrots when teething! When introducing carrots, only give a small piece and wait 24 hours to make sure it doesn't upset your puppy's stomach. This is a good rule of thumb whenever you introduce any new food or treats. Carrots are not very digestible (think more along the lines of fiber or corn for humans) so don't be surprised if you see some orange in your dog's stool!

I'm sorry this post is coming about a month late. But I'm hoping maybe it will help! Puppies typically teeth between 5 - 7 months of age and then again around 10 - 12 months of age. The teeth that come in close to a year old are the huge 3 root molars in the way back of the jaw - that is a really tough teething time!!
~Meg C.

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