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Pomeranian Teething Explained

When Pomeranian puppies are born, they have no teeth at all. The first teeth begin to grow when they’re 6 – 8 weeks of age and these are called deciduous teeth (more commonly known as puppy teeth).

When these teeth start falling out, the incisors come out first, then the premolars and canine teeth. Pomeranians have premolars but not molars. The canine teeth are a lot bigger and the top and bottom canines are at the back of the mouth. Both bottom and top incisors are found in the middle section of the Pom’s mouth .

Starting at about four months old, the Pom puppy second teething phase commences. The teeth roots are absorbed and the new adult teeth should quickly push the Pomeranian’s puppy teeth out of the gum. However, there are often times when this doesn’t occur and retained baby teeth is a common Pomeranian problem. The incisors start falling out, around the age of four months, so new adult teeth can grow into those spaces.

At five months of age, the adult canines and molars will start growing and, by the end of the eighth month, your Pomeranian should have all his new teeth. This process is often slower for smaller puppies. 

pomeranian with retained baby tooth
Pomeranian retained puppy teeth

Occasionally these permanent teeth don’t push out the deciduous teeth. If your puppy has both teeth at the same time, it’s known as retained deciduous teeth. In a Pomeranian, this will generally happen with the upper and lower canine baby teeth being retained.

The Pomeranian puppy teething process usually drags on for a couple of months, but it’s not always painful every day. It can be a painful, and a very uncomfortable time for your Pom.

During this period, puppies do more chewing and biting, trying different textures and objects, to help ease their discomfort.

A Pomeranian puppy should have all 42 teeth by the end of the eighth month. Poms frequently have problems associated with teething. Sometimes the deciduous teeth aren’t pushed out by the adult teeth. If this happens, these teeth are called retained deciduous teeth. The most common teeth to remain are the Pom’s canine teeth. Your vet needs to check your Pomeranian when he’s three or four months old to ensure he won’t have problems with his bite. If this is the case, removing the baby teeth prematurely will may need to happen.

Pomeranian Puppy Teething Timeline

  •  4 to 6 weeks Pomeranian puppy teeth start appearing in the gums and should be complete by the 8 week mark.
  • 4 months old Pomeranian puppy will start loosing puppy incisor teeth and the adult incisors will grow in.
  • 5 months old Pomeranian puppy will experience the adult canine teeth growing in and the puppy canine teeth should fall out.
  • 6 months old Pomeranian should have molars growing in.
  • 8 months old Pomeranian puppy should have a complete set of adult teeth and ought to have lost all puppy teeth.

Pomeranian Teething Issues

Pomeranian teething issues are common. Does your Pomeranian have two sets of teeth, puppy and adult? Some young Pomeranians may have their adult teeth erupt while their puppy teeth are still in the gum. This is known as Pomeranian Retained Deciduous (Puppy) Teeth. Sometimes only the puppy canine teeth are retained. There are health risks for a Pom puppy with retained Pomeranian puppy teeth.

What are the Symptoms and Signs of Pomeranian Retained Puppy Teeth

Pomeranian Teething
Pomeranian Teething

If a Pomeranian puppy has retained his baby teeth, you’ll notice a permanent tooth appear next to the baby tooth it should have pushed out. The permanent tooth can appear beside or in front of the baby tooth. It’s common for Pomeranian puppies to have retained baby teeth and a Pomeranian puppy should have his teeth checked by a vet during the teething stage to avoid later mouth and chewing  problems.

Pomeranian Retained Puppy Teeth Risks

  • If your pet has baby and permanent teeth, the mouth gets quite crowded. This can even displace permanent teeth so they grow at a bad angle. This abnormality may cause the jaw not to grow normally.
  • The baby teeth may rub against the roof of the pet’s mouth, causing pain and injury. Infections or an abscess can occur as a result.

Pomeranian Teething Pain Relief 

If your puppy is teething, let him chew things as much as possible. However, you must choose the right things for him to chew. You can buy teething toys.

Textured surfaces of the right size will enable your puppy to scratch the extremely itchy gums. Ice cubes are very useful. Puppy can lick them and then chew them to allow that coldness to ease the gums as it gets into every crack. Add flavour to the ice cubes so it tastes good as well as reducing the discomfort and your puppy will love you even more. Flavour can be added to the ice cubes by freezing low salt chicken stock.

Check your puppy’s mouth every week up until about nine months of age for signs of retained or irregular teeth.

Talk to your vet if you suspect there are retained teeth. Removing the retained puppy teeth and de-sexing your puppy are procedures that can both be done at the same time. Always consult a qualified Veterinary Surgeon if you are at all worried about your Pomeranian’s health.

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References and Further Reading:
[1] Denise Leo “The Pomeranian Handbook”.

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