Sunday, July 6, 2014


By four months of age a puppy’s sharp little teeth have been replaced by adult ones—twenty-eight puppy teeth become forty-two permanent ones.
This time can be difficult for him, because it can be painful when his adult teeth come in, and they can drive him crazy. Chewing is one way to relieve the pain and tension, so most puppies want to chew nonstop to feel better.
There can be problems with teeth, such as baby teeth being retained after the adult teeth come in—the new teeth erupt but the baby teeth do not fall out. This can cause problems like infection, misalignment of the permanent teeth or problems with jaw development.
You need to check your puppy’s mouth regularly while the new teeth are coming in. If you see a double row of teeth—it is easiest to see this in the front teeth—or anything that looks fishy to you, have your vet check it out. Retained baby teeth have to be surgically removed, as they do with people.

Even by the seventh or eighth month the puppy’s fur has not fully grown in, so if you live in a cold climate you might want to protect him with dog clothing of some kind. He’s still a growing baby: dry the puppy off when he gets wet so he doesn't get a chill.  

The exception to this is breeds similar to Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes and Samoyeds, whose fur is fully developed at an early age. This is probably because in their native environments these breeds were subjected to below-freezing temperatures before their first birthday. In the summer, don’t clip these thick-furred breeds, which have double coats. Just as it functions against the cold, their long hair provides insulation against the heat.
Copyright © Tracie Hotchner – Originally appeared in The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know by Tracie Hotchner

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