10 March 2021
When do puppies first get teeth?
Although puppies aren’t born with any teeth, it’s not long before those first tiny milk teeth will come in – somewhere between two and four weeks old. At this point, the puppy’s eyes will be open, although they’ll still be feeding from their mother. And it’s the mother who will very quickly start to teach her puppies the importance of not biting too hard during feeding or playtime!
It’s not long before a puppy’s baby teeth start to come out – in fact, by 12 to 16 weeks of age you might spot tiny baby teeth on the floor as your puppy loses their milk teeth and the adult teeth begin to emerge.
As with human babies, the teething process can be painful, and your puppy will probably want to chew on everything! Help your puppy through this time by making sure they have plenty of safe toys to chew, such as Kongs.
This is also the perfect time to start getting your puppy used to having its mouth handled, ready for being examined by the vet when necessary, and for tooth brushing. You can clean your puppy’s teeth using either your finger or a small brush, with some canine toothpaste.
By the time your puppy is around six to eight months old, it will probably have a full set of adult teeth. Interestingly, a puppy has fewer baby teeth than a human, but more adult teeth – usually 42!
If you have any concerns regarding your puppy’s teeth, always consult your vet for advice.
If you have an Agria Pet Insurance policy, you can access the free Pet Health Helpline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The veterinary-trained team will advise on any concerns or queries that you may have over your pet’s health – much like the NHS 111 service for people. Call free on 03333 32 19 47.