Looking after and maintaining your dog’s teeth is important. Human teeth and canine teeth are very similar in that they will have two sets of teeth during a lifetime. We aren’t as lucky as sharks who can replace their teeth over and over again!
Like most mammals, puppies are born without teeth, as it is not necessary to have them during the suckling stage of their lives. These come in much later at around three to six weeks. Although this may seem exceptionally hasty, it is important to remember that in the wild, survival is the key objective for any animal, so a good set of gnashes is imperative. This is also why it is merely a matter of months until adult teeth begin to emerge along the gum line.
During this time of a dog’s life it is important to remember that like human babies, teething for puppies can be just as painful so you may expect the odd bit of nibbling amongst your furniture and possessions. Most people may regard this as bad or unruly behaviour but it is merely your puppy trying to aide his teeth along their painful process. If you are worried about your favourite slippers getting chewed up during this time period, you will be glad to know that there are a variety of dog toys available online especially for this purpose; to help aide your puppies teeth along and divert his attention from your brand new sofa.
Once your youngling has chomped his way through his last slipper, he should have around 42 fully formed teeth and now that they are there, it is time to start looking after them. Around 80% of dogs have some form of dental disease that can not only lead to smelly problems, but can also affect key organs such as the heart and kidneys.