Emme is my first puppy, so we have been learning a lot together. I will never forget the day I discovered she was starting to get in her adult teeth!
We were playing with some toys, having a good time… When all of a sudden, I noticed BLOOD on her toy. I started to worry a bit, and tried to get the toy from her to see what was going on. Of course, being a puppy, she got excited and started running around the room – taking aim at our WHITE COUCH. Admittedly, a white couch is not ideal for a puppy, but it is downstairs and doesn’t get abused much. But when I saw a bloody mouth heading for the couch… panic!
Thankfully, I was able to get her attention before she slobbered blood all over it! Then I realized what was going on – she had lost a puppy tooth! Goodness! This occurred a few other times as well, but I am glad I knew what was going on. As you can imagine, a bloody puppy mouth can be a little scary.
Turns out, pups start losing their baby teeth around four to five months old, and most of their adult teeth should be in by six months. I kept an eye on Emme’s teeth during this time, to make sure they were all coming in & out properly. We only ever found one tooth in the house – the others we figured just got lost or she swallowed. Once she got in all her adult teeth, I noticed first of all that those SHARP baby teeth are gone and big girl teeth do not hurt as much! We also discovered that a lot of her biting lessened, and that we had to invest in larger chew toys!
So don’t worry if your puppy winds up with a bloody mouth from time to time – it’s natural. Just keep an eye on their teeth to make sure everything looks OK. It’s a great time to start a dental program as well to keep those permanent teeth healthy and white!
Learn more about puppy tooth loss here.