Dog Teeth Cleaning: Who Should Do It?

Caring for your dog’s teeth is critical to his overall health and wellness. Dogs can develop many different dental diseases that are often undiagnosed, painful and can impact your dog’s wellbeing. Dogs commonly hide their dental pain.

It is important to care for your dog’s teeth, just as it is important for you to care for your own teeth. Similar recommendations exist between humans and dogs. Our dentists recommend that for basic care, in addition to flossing, that we brush at least daily and have dental cleanings every 6 months.

Learning to care for your dog’s teeth can help keep your dog comfortable but also help to prevent costly dental cleanings. Below we will give you some great tips on how to clean your dog’s teeth, how to know if you are doing a good job, provide symptoms of dental disease in dogs, and discuss how to get your dog’s teeth cleaned professionally.

How Often Should You Clean Your Dog’s Teeth?

The best recommendation to clean your dog’s teeth is to brush the teeth daily. This is why. Dental plaque builds up on the teeth daily. This occurs on the surface of the tooth and gum line. Dental plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria, food particles, and saliva. If the plaque is left untouched, it will mineralize and form into hard tartar, also referred to as calculus, in approximately 48 hours. By brushing daily, you minimize the chance of the plaque mineralizing!

Why is this important? It is critical to remove dental plaque because once the tartar mineralizes; it attracts more plaque, then more tartar. This build-up of tartar can occur both above and below the gum line. Dangerous types of bacteria are attracted to this environment that leads to the destruction of periodontal tissues. This causes disease.

How to Clean Your Dog’s Teeth

It can be pretty easy, especially if you start early. Learn tips on How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth.
When brushing your dog’s teeth, it is critical to have the right tools. There are many styles of toothbrushes and many different types and flavors of toothpaste. It is also important to pick out the toothbrush and toothpaste combination that will work best for your dog. For example, a finger brush generally works best for large breed dogs such as Labrador retrievers. Some small brushes with a handle may work best for small and miniature breed dogs. You may need to experiment to find out what works best for you and your dog. Learn more about picking the right Dental Products for Dogs.

How to Know You Did A Good Enough Job

You can generally tell if you did a good job brushing your dog’s teeth by looking carefully at your dog’s teeth. It is important to have good lighting and to look at all the teeth. You can use natural light but it may be easier to use a small flashlight to see the teeth in the very back of the mouth. The teeth should look white and have minimal pigmentation or build up of discoloration and tartar (Figure 1).

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Figure 1. Model of a dog’s teeth with severe tartar build up (black arrow).

Places to Get Your Dog’s Teeth Cleaned

In addition to daily brushing, a deeper clean is also recommended periodically. The frequency of a deeper clean will depend on your ability to brush your dog’s teeth and your dog’s individual dental situation which is often a result of genetics.

Some dogs just won’t permit daily brushing. And even with great dental care, every dog can be different. Just as there are people who have beautiful teeth with very little work or dental care, the same is true for dogs. On the opposite side, some dogs have terrible dental disease even with great care. Many of the dental problems are related to the dog’s breed and genetics.

If you notice your dog has bad breath or you notice a build-up of tartar or other signs of dental disease, please see your veterinarian. Most veterinarians routinely perform dental cleanings. If they do not perform dental cleanings or your dog requires advanced dental procedures, they can recommend a veterinarian that does dental cleaning and recommend that you see a veterinary dentist if that is needed. You can contact your local specialty veterinary clinic or local university of veterinary medicine for recommendations.

What’s Involved in Professional Dog Teeth Cleaning

The professional dental cleaning procedure generally consists of sedation followed by an anesthetic. It is important for your dog to be still and comfortable. Your dog will be monitored closely during this procedure. A dental cleaning may consist of the following (and may vary from vet to vet):

  • Basic blood work to confirm good organ function
  • Thorough oral examination of the gums, tongue, and teeth
  • Dental x-rays
  • Manual removal of tartar
  • Extraction of any diseased teeth
  • Ultrasonic cleaning of teeth
  • Polishing
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Documentation of dental care in the medical record

Professional dental cleaning is commonly referred to as a “dental” or “dental prophy.” Learn more here: What is a Dental Cleaning or Prophy in Dogs?

How Many Teeth Do Dogs Have?

Pet parents may wonder about their dog’s normal anatomy, physiology, and function. This may include questions about their teeth if they get baby teeth, when they may lose them, and about their adult teeth. A particular interest “how many teeth do dogs have” is a common question.

First, what are teeth? Teeth are hard calcified tissue (dentine) covered by enamel that develops inside the mouth and are anchored to the upper and lower jaw bones. The upper jaw bone is called the maxilla and the lower jaw bone is the mandible. There is a row of teeth on each the upper and lower jaw bones.

Each tooth consists of a crown and root (or roots). The crown is the part that can be seen in the mouth and the root or roots are located under the gum line and are covered with gums and bone (figure 1). Learn more about the structure and function of the teeth, gums, and tongue.

how many teeth do dogs have

Figure 1. Plastic model of a dogs mouth. The crown of the tooth is the part that can be seen in the mouth below the gums and the roots, or in some cases roots, is located under the gum line.

The function of dog teeth is to acquire food and to break it down into small pieces once it enters the mouth. The different type of teeth (figure 2) provide different functions. For example, the sharp fang teeth (the canine teeth) allow a dog to tear food. The front teeth (the incisors) generally bite food, and the rear teeth (premolars and molars) help grind, break down or mash the food.

how many teeth do dogs have

Figure 2. Plastic model of a dogs mouth indicating the location of the incisors, canines, premolars, and molars.

Dog Tooth Development

Dogs are born without teeth. At approximately 21 to 30 days of age, puppies will begin to get their baby teeth, also known as the deciduous or temporary teeth. When these teeth begin to break through the gums, it is referred to as the teeth erupting or teething phase. This can be painful or uncomfortable. The exact age may differ amongst breeds and can even vary within puppies of the same litter. Learn more about this and when the individual teeth come in this article: Do Dogs Have Baby Teeth.

Just like with people, eventually, the baby teeth fall out and are replaced with the permanent teeth. Dogs’ exact dentition may vary with the breed and even differ between dogs within the breed. Most dogs will end up with 42 adult or permanent teeth.

How Many Teeth Do Dogs Have?

Dogs will develop teeth in the front, sides, and back of the mouth. The types of teeth include:

Incisors – The teeth that develop in the front are called the incisors. There are 6 incisors on the upper and lower jaw.
Canines – Just behind the incisor teeth are the canine teeth. These are the sharp “fang” teeth. There is one canine tooth on each side of the set of incisors. There are two upper canines and two lower canine teeth.
Premolars – The premolar teeth sit behind the canine teeth and generally consist of 4 teeth on each side.
Molars – The last set of teeth in the mouth are the molars. They sit just behind the premolars and generally consist of 2 teeth on the upper jaw and 3 teeth on each side on the lower jaw.

how many teeth do dogs have

Figure 3. Dental exam label commonly used in veterinary practices. The Upper is for the upper jaw and lower for the lower jaw. R = right, LL = left. I = incisions, C = canine, P = premolars, M = molars.

Do Dogs Have Wisdom Teeth?

Humans have wisdom teeth, but dogs do not have wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molar teeth that come in sometime between the ages of 17 and 22. They can aid chewing, however if there isn’t enough space in the mouth or if they are in the wrong position, they can become impacted.

When Do Dogs Get their Permanent (Adult) Teeth?

The eruption of the permanent teeth in dogs is as follows:

Incisors

  • Central: 2-5 months
  • Intermediate: 2-5 months
  • Corner: 4-5 months

Canine

  • 5 months

Premolars

  • First: 4-5 months
  • Second: 6 months
  • Third: 6 months
  • Fourth: 4-5 months

Molars

  • First: 5-6 months
  • Second: 6-7 months
  • Third: 6-7 months

3 Common Diseases of the Teeth in Dogs

There are a number of diseases that affect the teeth of dogs with the most common being the following:

  • Tooth root abscesses – A tooth root abscess is an infection that occurs around the tooth root. They most commonly develop in the upper fourth premolar. A classic sign on physical examination is an accumulation of pus around the root of the tooth. Tooth root abscesses can create a draining tract beneath the eye or on the cheek that can break open and drain. A common presentation of a tooth root abscess is a painful facial swelling that develops on the check and breaks open draining pus. Learn more about Tooth Root Abscess in Dogs.
  • Gingivitis – Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum surrounding the tooth. Learn more about Gingivitis in Dogs.
  • Periodontal disease – This is an inflammation of the tooth’s support structures, including the associated gum ligament and bone. Learn more about Periodontal Disease in Dogs.

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Tooth Root Abscesses in Dogs

Tooth root abscesses are infections that occur around the tooth root. They most commonly develop in the upper fourth premolar tooth, also known as the carnassial tooth. Once the infection develops around the root and between the skull bone, it is difficult for the body to fight infection in this location. As the infection builds, it often creates a draining tract through the skin on the cheek or below the eye. The skin is the weakest on this portion of the body in this area.

A classic sign of a tooth root abscess on physical examination is a swelling or draining wound beneath the eye that can break open and drain. The swelling can often be the size of a golf ball. When left alone, the opening can sometimes close and reopen as the pocket of infection reaccumulates.

Tooth root abscesses can occur in dogs of any age or sex. Most dogs improve in 48 to 72 hours with appropriate early treatment of the condition.

What to Watch For

  • Signs of tooth root abscessation usually occur suddenly and include:
  • Swelling of tissues below the eye or on the cheek
  • Pain upon opening the mouth
  • Not eating (due to pain) or reluctance to chew hard food
  • Crying when chewing
  • Lymph node enlargement
  • Lethargy
  • Fever

Diagnosis of Tooth Root Abscesses in Dogs

A thorough exam is performed including the evaluation of the face including the eyes, nose, and mouth. Attempts may be made to examine the mouth, but this may be too painful for your pet and may have to be performed under sedation. Often, a physical examination is all that is needed to diagnose tooth root abscessation. In some cases, additional diagnostics may be required and may include:

  • Complete blood count
  • Biochemical profile
  • Urinalysis
  • X-rays of the mouth and teeth

Treatment of Tooth Root Abscesses in Dogs

Treatment is aimed at eliminating the infection and treating the underlying dental problem. In mild cases, antibiotics and pain medications are usually started both orally, however definitive treatment includes a dental cleaning and care of the infected tooth which may include extraction or endodontic treatment (total pulpectomy and root canal filling). Endodontic treatment is generally treated in multiple appointments. Most dogs respond to treatment and improve in 48 to 72 hours.

If the signs are severe or worsen, dental cleaning and care may be treated as an emergency and performed within 24 to 72 hours following diagnosis. General anesthesia is needed for this procedure.

Common prescriptions may include:

  • Carprofen is commonly given for relief of pain and inflammation. This is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Do not administer this medication with steroids. This medication may have gastrointestinal side effects so please do not administer this medication if your dog is vomiting, having diarrhea, or refusing food.
  • A variety of antibiotics may be prescribed. One commonly prescribed antibiotic for oral infections is Clindamycin which is generally given twice daily.
  • Do not give human pain medications to animals at any time without the approval of your veterinarian.

Home Care and Prevention for Canine Tooth Root Abscess

  • If your dog is painful and has a draining wound from the face, a veterinary examination is recommended immediately. Once a dental abscess is diagnosed and treatment has been started, all medications must be continued at home exactly as prescribed. Such medications may include topical antibiotics or local wound care, oral antibiotics, and oral pain medications.
  • Your veterinarian may also ask you to apply warm, wet compresses to wound three to four times per day for several days to reduce swelling and encourage drainage. Offer soft foods to help your pet eat until the swelling and pain have diminished.
  • To reduce the risk of tooth root abscessation discuss the best dental care plan for your dog with your veterinarian. Daily tooth brushing and periodic dental cleaning may be the best prevention strategy.

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Is Your Dog’s Gum Color Bad?

What Healthy Dog Gums Look Like

The gum tissue, also known as the oral mucosa or mucous membranes, is the soft tissue lining in the mouth that covers the roof of the mouth and is between the teeth and lips. The gums are connected to the underlying bone tissue.

Gum color will often provide insight into the health or wellbeing of a dog. The pink color in gum color, similar to the pink in skin color, is a result of blood flow to pale or almost colorless tissues. Blood flow can be altered by conditions that result from shock, blood loss, anemia, or other bleeding abnormalities. Dental issues can result in a deeper red inflamed appearance to the gums that are most commonly around the teeth.

In normal healthy dogs, the gum color can be either pink or pigmented, depending on the breed and pigmentation of your dog. It is easier to assess for gum color abnormalities in dogs that are not pigmented. Breeds that are known for normal black pigmented gums include the Chow and the Chinese Shar-Pei.

In a dog with unpigmented gums, the normal gum color is a normal healthy pink, sometimes referred to as “bubblegum pink”. The gums should be smooth, moist, and shiny with no evidence of excessive redness, discharge, or odor. They should not be painful.

In a pigmented dog, his normal pigmentation color is that color of pigment. Having pigmented gums is not a bad or dangerous thing. The pigmentation blocks some of the ability to evaluate for signs of shock or anemia (low red blood cell counts). To evaluate mucous membrane color, you can look at the conjunctiva of the eye as an alternative.

Some dogs will have both unpigmented and pigmented gums. In these cases, to assess the gum color, please look at the unpigmented sections (Figure 1).

dog gum color

Figure 1. Dog with both areas of gum pigmentation and normal unpigmented gum tissue.

It is ideal to look in your dog’s mouth periodically providing that you can do so safely. Daily monitoring is best when you brush your dog’s teeth. Many pet owners wonder about their dogs teeth such as when they came in and how many teeth they have. These articles may be of interest to you:

What Unhealthy Dog Gums Look Like

As mentioned above, unhealthy gums can vary depending on your dog’s natural pigmentation. Unhealthy gums can look like any of the following:

  • Pale – Pale gums or mucous membranes can indicate blood loss or “shock”. The possible causes for either blood loss or shock are life-threatening and should be evaluated immediately.
  • Bleeding – Bleeding gums can be caused by local problems or systemic problems. Local problems may include trauma to the mouth, infections, foreign material such as a bone, stick, or plastic being lodged in the tissue. Bleeding can also occur from systemic diseases such as bleeding abnormalities from immune-mediated problems or toxins. Bleeding can appear as fresh blood or as small pinpoint hemorrhages, also known as petechiae. All signs of bleeding are abnormal. Learn more about bleeding disorders in dogs.
  • Inflammation – Inflamed gums are a common sign of dental disease, most commonly periodontal disease which is also frequently referred to as the silent killer. Infected gum tissue is often red, swollen, and inflamed. Other causes of inflammation can be from local infections, chemical burns, trauma, infectious diseases, and more.
  • Infections – Gum infections can occur and results from underlying systemic disease or from local infections from bad teeth.
  • Ulcers – Some dogs will have ulcers on the gums due to chemical burns, trauma, and/or infections. One common cause of oral ulcerations is from exposure to liquid potpourri. Learn more about Potpourri Exposure and Toxicity. Some infections can also be caused by underlying infectious diseases. An ulcer will look like a raw open abrasion that is often irregular with an uneven red surface. It may also have an odor.
  • Odor – Smelling gums or an odor from the mouth can be a sign of dental disease or infections. Foreign objects such as stick or bones can also become lodged in the mouth resulting in a foul odor. Bad breath can also be caused by systemic disease such as diabetes or kidney disease.

How To Keep Them Healthy

The best way to keep your dog’s gum tissue healthy is to feed a high-quality dog food formulated to meet the AAFCO standards. Provide good dental care that consists of daily brushing and periodical dental cleanings by your veterinarian. Learn more about dental cleaning in this article: Dog Teeth Cleaning: Who Should Do It?

Dog Teeth: What You Need to Know

Dog teeth perform the functions of tearing food, sometimes biting prey, and breaking or grinding food into smaller pieces. Dogs, like people and many other species, are born without teeth and develop two sets of teeth during their lifetime. The baby teeth, also known as the deciduous teeth, begin to develop at about three weeks of age.

The baby teeth serve during puppyhood and are replaced by the adult or permanent teeth. Dogs generally have 28 baby teeth that are gradually replaced by 42 adult teeth. When the teeth come in and how they develop will depend on the breed but can even vary within the breed or within the same litter. Learn more about the tooth development schedule in this article: Do Dogs Have Baby Teeth?

As the body and bones grow and reach maturity, the adult teeth develop, pushing out the baby teeth. The adult teeth are larger than the baby teeth and will be the teeth that will remain with the dog for the rest of its life.

The teeth are located in the upper and lower jaw bones. There are different types of teeth and they have different functions. Learn more about that in this article: How Many Teeth Do Dogs Have?

How Do You Care for Your Dog’s Teeth?

It is important to care for your dog’s teeth, just as it is important for you to care for your own teeth. Similar recommendations exist between humans and dogs. Our dentists recommend that for basic care, in addition to flossing, that we brush at least daily and have dental cleanings every 6 months.

For dogs, daily brushing is recommended and a deeper professional clean periodically. The frequency of a deeper clean will depend on your ability to brush your dog’s teeth and his innate dental situation. Deeper dental cleaning, commonly referred to as a “dental”, “dental prophylaxis” or dental “prophy”, is done by a veterinarian. Learn more about Dog Teeth Cleaning: Who Should Do It?

Just as some people have beautiful teeth with very little work or dental care, the same is true for dogs. On the opposite side, some dogs have terrible dental disease even with great care. Some dogs benefit from a dental cleaning twice a year, yearly or every other year depending on the individual patient’s situation.

How Can You Tell if Your Dog Teeth are Diseased?

There are several signs of dental disease in dogs that can vary depending on the underlying cause. They may include:

  • Tartar accumulation on the teeth
  • Bad breath (also known as halitosis)
  • Red or inflamed gums – learn more here: Is Your Dog’s Gum Color Bad?
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Dropping food from the mouth
  • Tooth loss
  • Picking eating – some dogs may prefer softer food
  • Pawing or rubbing at the face or mouth
  • Infection in the skin below the eye (tooth root abscess)
  • Drooling (increased salivation)
  • Decreased appetite

In general, dogs are very good at hiding symptoms of pain, just by their nature of survival. By instinct, they don’t want to appear vulnerable to predators. Some dogs with significant problems may show very few symptoms. In fact, it is common for dental problems to be diagnosed during a routine physical examination by your veterinarian. After problems are treated, pet owners frequently notice that their pet feels much better, has a better appetite, and is more playful. One of my favorite quotes from dog owners after treating dental problems is “Doc, I didn’t know how much he hurt until he didn’t hurt”.

Common Dog Teeth Problems

Dogs and cats get most of the common dental problems that we humans get that includes dental plaque, tartar, periodontal disease, gingivitis, and more. Below is more information about some common dog dental problems.

  • Plaque – Dental plaque is a sticky substance that covers the teeth consisting of bacteria, saliva, food particles, and epithelial cells. Plaque builds up on the tooth surface and gum line every day. Left undisturbed the plaque can mineralize, or harden, in less than 2 days, forming calculus or tartar.
  • Tartar– Dental tartar is a film that covers teeth consisting of calcium phosphate and carbonate, food particles and other organic matter, or is basically ”mineralized plaque”. The tartar will stick to the tooth surface forming a scaffold for more plaque accumulation. The continued build-up of tartar both above and below the gum line can eventually produce an environment that is a haven for certain types of bacteria that may be more destructive to the periodontal tissues and also produce a more noticeable odor. This can lead to periodontal disease. Learn more about Dental Tartar.
  • Periodontal Disease – Periodontal disease is a very common infectious disease caused by bacteria that make up plaque. This results in inflammation of the structures that support teeth, the gum tissue, periodontal ligament, alveolus (small cavity) and cementum (bonelike connective tissue covering the root of a tooth and assisting in tooth support). Learn more about Periodontal Disease in Dogs.
  • Gingivitis in Dogs – Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum tissue resulting in redness and swelling, most commonly caused by dental plaque in dogs. Bacteria mixes with the proteins and starches in the saliva that adheres to the teeth. Gingivitis can lead to periodontitis or inflammation around the tooth root, which in turn can lead to tooth loss.
  • Tooth Root Abscess – An abscess can form around the tooth root that can cause pain and tooth loss. Sometimes the infection will migrate up to the cheek and appear as a wound on the face.
  • Teeth Chattering – Some pet owners may notice that their dog’s teeth may chatter. There are many causes for this that can range from pain to a seizure.
  • Attrition (Worn Teeth) in Dogs – As dogs age, the teeth can show signs of wear. This is particularly common in the incisors (front teeth) of older dogs. Attrition is the word used to describe an abnormally rapid loss of the top of the tooth (crown).

When to See Your Vet About Dog Teeth

If you have concern for your dog’s teeth, please see your veterinarian. Dental disease can be painful and dogs are excellent at hiding their dental issues. If your dog has bad breath, is pawing at his face, has a decreased appetite, increased drooling, or you have any other concerns, please see your veterinarian.

Is the Dental Vaccine Recommended for Dogs?

In 2006 a vaccine called the Porphyromonas Vaccine was introduced to help prevent periodontal disease. The bacteria that cause most periodontitis are Porphyromonas gulae, Porphyromonas salivosa, and Porphyromonas denticani. Studies document these bacteria have long-term effects on bone loss.

Do Dogs Have Baby Teeth?

Puppies are cute and cuddly, sugar and spice, and everything nice. Just kidding.

While puppies are indeed cute and cuddly and can be sugar and spice and everything nice at times, there are times when your adorable bundle of fluff will remind you more of a Tasmanian devil than a gentle angel. Puppies, by nature, are rough and tumbling little balls of fur that constantly seem to be either eating something or thinking about eating something. But one of the weirdest points of a dog’s puppyhood? The span from when they are six weeks old to 8 weeks old and their teeth are falling out!

With human children, parents usually get some warning that their children’s teeth are going to fall out. Usually, the falling out of a tooth is predicated by your child asking you a million questions about the magical tooth fairy that is going to come and swap their tooth for cash in the night. When it comes to puppies, there are definite signs that they are approaching the point when their teeth will fall out, but the actual moment it happens is often missed.

Many pet owners wonder – Do Dogs Have Baby Teeth? Most puppy owners reveal that they only find out their puppy lost a tooth by either finding the tooth on the floor or embedded in a favorite toy, or by noticing a hole in their dog’s mouth. Now your puppy isn’t going to ask for a few quarters in exchange for his tooth, but he will still need some assistance as he transitions from his baby teeth to his adult canines.

Understanding Do Dogs Have Baby Teeth

All in all, puppies have a total of 28 deciduous teeth (what baby teeth are called) when they reach six weeks of age. When it comes to the order in which your puppy’s baby teeth come in, it goes as follows:

  • Incisors
  • Canine teeth
  • Premolars
  • Molars

Your puppy’s baby teeth will begin falling out around four months of age. This process can continue up until your puppy reach seven months of age. The last teeth that a puppy loses are typically the canines; this will happen somewhere within their sixth month. You puppy’s adult teeth will begin to show as soon as their baby teeth fall out. Your puppy’s teeth will most likely come in the following order:

Incisors

  • Central: 2-5 months
  • Intermediate: 2-5 months
  • Corner: 4-5 months

Canines

  • 6 months

Premolars

  • First: 4-5 months
  • Second: 6 months
  • Third: 6 months
  • Fourth: 4-5 months

Molars

  • First: 5-6 months
  • Second: 6-7 months
  • Third: 6-7 months

Signs of Teething in Dogs

For most puppies, symptoms associated with teething usually begin about 1 to 3 days before the tooth shows, and signs generally disappear as soon as the tooth breaks the skin. Many puppies don’t seem to be affected by teething at all. But some puppies can exhibit behaviors in an effort to relieve any discomfort they may be feeling from their new teeth coming in. Puppies often chew to help relieve the pressure in their gums, or in rare cases, puppies may be reluctant to eat and drink because their mouths hurt.

Do Dogs Have Baby Teeth: Understanding Teething Schedules

Teething is the worst between 12 and 20 weeks of age but it is noticed by most puppy owners around eight weeks, which is a common time to acquire a new puppy. By the time your puppy is about six months old – they will have all of their adult teeth. Here are some tips to help your puppy feel better while teething.

Teething is usually first noticed by most puppy owners around eight weeks. Luckily, by the time your puppy is about six months old – they will have all of their adult teeth, but here are some tips to help you and your puppy survive their teething phase:
Provide safe chew toys that are sturdy enough for continued play, but soft enough that they won’t damage your puppy’s new teeth. If you have a puppy who loves to chew try toys made out of fire hoses, they won’t damage your puppy’s teeth, but they’ll be strong enough the last for a couple of weeks for even the toughest chewers.

Try freezing your puppy’s treats to provide cool, soothing relief to your puppy’s inflamed gums. Try filling a Kong® treat dispensing beehive toy with peanut butter and banana and stick it in the freezer for an hour or so. Once frozen, give to your pup and watch as he stays entertained for hours.