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.

References

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