Do Puppies Drool When Teething

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Do Puppies Drool When Teething
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Like infants, puppies are born with no teeth. However, they will have 28 baby teeth by 6 to 8 weeks of age, and then will lose their baby teeth. They may drool as they teethe, sometimes excessively.

Time Frame

Puppies start to lose their teeth at 3 months of age, beginning with the incisors. At 4 months old, canine teeth and molars grow in. By 8 to 9 months old, the teething process is complete.

Considerations

When puppies teethe, they often drool. The saliva helps lubricate and prepare the gums for tooth growth.

Warnings

Puppies may drool excessively while teething. This may be a normal part of teething, or an indication of gum problems or an upset stomach. If you suspect a problem, take your puppy to the vet.

Prevention/Solution

If your puppy drools, keep old rags or towels handy to wipe his face and paws. You can also put a bib around your dog's neck to keep the drooling contained.

Fun Fact

Most dogs have 42 teeth. Some breeds, such as Doberman Pinschers, have fewer, while spaniels and a few other breeds have more.

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