Do Dogs' Teeth Fall Out When They Are Puppies?

by Carlye Jones
Puppies will chew on anything that soothes the discomfort of teething.

Puppies will chew on anything that soothes the discomfort of teething.

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Puppies are known for being voracious chewers. This is because they spend several months teething as permanent adult teeth erupt through the gums. This is an uncomfortable process, during which your puppy may have tender, swollen gums, a slight fever and a decreased appetite.

Teething

When your puppy is around 3 months old, he will start losing his puppy teeth or deciduous teeth. These temporary teeth fall out just as the adult or permanent teeth begin to grow into place. The entire process takes a few months; by the time your puppy reaches 6 or 7 months of age he should have lost all of his puppy teeth -- toy breeds often take a little longer. Your puppy's central incisors, or small teeth in front, are usually the first to fall out, followed by the canines, the premolars and finally the molars.

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About the Author

Carlye Jones is a journalist, writer, photographer, novelist and artisan jeweler with more than 20 years of experience. She enjoys sharing her expertise on home improvements, photography, crafting, business and travel. Her work has appeared both in print and on numerous websites.

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