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Pomeranians & Teething

pomeranian puppyWhen 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 baby teeth).

When these teeth start falling out, the incisors come out first, then the premolars and canine teeth. Poms 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 .

Teething.

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

Tooth loss.

The deciduous teeth start coming out when the puppy is between three and seven months of age. The teeth roots are absorbed and the new adult teeth should quickly push the baby 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 three month, so new adult teeth can grow into those spaces. At four 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.

Considerations.

Your 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 canines.

Your vet needs to check your pet 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.

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.

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