6 Things to Help Your Puppy Dog's Teeth

A puppy dog is a tremendous gift. The first year of a puppy’s life can bring a lot of joy to children and adults. The first year is also a year of growth and development. One area that puppy owners can easily overlook is a puppy dog’s teeth. In order to help your puppy’s teeth as it grows, here are some tips to consider.


Understanding Early Chewing
One of the most important tips I can share is that puppies love to chew anything that is close by. That is understandable when you think about babies. After all, babies love to chew and experience new things by tasting each one. Puppies are like this. Puppies like to taste shoes, fingers, toys, books and so much more. After all, a puppy wants to know what an item is like, and tasting things can help. Another reason why puppies like to chew is that it can provide mouth relief. Baby teeth can be sharp and painful inside the mouth of your puppy. In addition to this, puppies are growing permanent teeth that will last for many years. When people recognize the need for puppies to chew, they will be more understanding and willing to be of assistance. I know this tip helped me understand my puppy when she was chewing practically everything in our home. People may notice that puppies may leave behind remnants of blood on chew toys or lose a tooth from time to time. That is to be expected, and it is not unusual. 


Water Helps
Dogs like to drink a lot of water, and this is true of puppies as well. Take advantage of this by adding a water additive in a puppy’s water bowl that is designed to help improve the teeth of your puppy. An additive can include enzymes and other ingredients that can help a puppy and grown dogs reduce the amount of plaque that can occur over time. Besides this, the breath of your dog can improve dramatically. This is especially helpful when a puppy wants to lick your face. A puppy can have the protection that is needed during the early part of life with a water additive. 


Chewing Toys
As stated earlier, puppies are looking for things to chew. Instead of scolding a puppy, purchase a chew toy. Chew toys on the market today can come in many different shapes and sizes. It may help to find an item that a puppy particularly likes. I have found that a plastic hot dog that is flexible can be a wonderful chew toy. Remember that a chew toy needs to be flexible and should not be hard. A hard chew toy is not good for a puppy’s teeth. 


Chewing Snacks
You may find that it is very easy to spoil your puppy. A puppy can love whatever is fed from the dinner table or scraps from a barbeque outside. A puppy may seem irresistible when it begs or wants something to eat. Instead of giving into impulses, head over to the cupboard and give the puppy a healthy snack. There are particular bones that can be tasty and protect a puppy’s teeth at the same time. 


Brushing Teeth
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which is known as the ASPCA, it is important to brush your dog’s teeth at least once a day. Some owners may do it twice a day. Brushing the teeth of a puppy can be challenging. However, do not give up. Every time you brush, you can prevent plague and particles of food from hurting the teeth and gums of your puppy. More information about teeth cleaning from the ASPCA is found at https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/brus....



Appropriate Foods
Not all puppy food is created equal. Some food may be inexpensive, but it may not be very filling or protect the teeth of your puppy. Fortunately, there are a number of dog food producers who provide puppy food that helps preserve and protect the teeth of puppies. Not only that, but also some puppy food can help with providing the nutrients that puppies need in order to become strong, healthy dogs.

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