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Beagle Teething

Overview of Beagle Puppy Teething

A newborn is born without any teeth at all. Around the 3 week old mark, small temporary teeth begin to emerge. These are often referred to as milk teeth and they have very small, short roots.  At the age of 3 to 4 months old, a process by which these milk teeth fall out and are replaced with a dog's adult teeth begins. Teething refers to this process.  When a puppy is experiencing this necessary growing step, it can cause itching that is at times severe and also varying levels of discomfort.  

This in turn will cause puppies to seek out relief.  The most common way that this is accomplished is by chewing on items that will scratch the itch on the gums.  Without proper planning and care, Beagle puppies may chew on just about anything that they can mouth. This can cause quite a bit of destruction in the home and it can be quite dangerous for the pup to be gnawing on non-toy items. With a bit of planning, you can help your pup get through this somewhat difficult time. 
When Teething Begins

A Beagle puppy will begin teething at approximately 3 months old and will be done by 7 months. Some late bloomers can start around 4 months old. There will be starts and stops to this with some very intense days and weeks with overwhelming itching and discomfort.

Puppies almost always lose their teeth in a specific order:

First the smaller front teeth come out, then the premolars, molars and finally the canine teeth come out.
Often, the pup's teeth will fall out while eating or playing, so they are often swallowed and you may not notice that it has happened.  (See also: When a Beagle swallows something)

If at the age of 6 months, if your puppy is still holding onto all of his puppy teeth, you should have a veterinarian perform a dental checkup. 

In some cases, a adult tooth will begin to grow in while the puppy tooth still remains. This will create "2 rows" of teeth and can seriously affect the permanent bite of the dog. If this happens, the veterinarian should remove the puppy tooth in order to allow the adult tooth to grow into the correct spot. Even if it has begun descending, once it has room, it will usually move over into the proper position.

The loss of puppy teeth and the growth of adult teeth normally happen in this order:

4 Months old - the incisors grow in
5 months old - the canine teeth grow in
6 months old - the molars grow in
How to Help Your Beagle

The teething stage will a difficult one, for both owner and puppy. The Beagle pup will have an almost unstoppable, uncontrollable urge to chew on just about order to feel relief.

There are things that you can do to help. It is recommended to:

1) Provide ice cubes - pups love chasing them around on slippery floors, it provides both entertainment to distract the puppy and the cold cube will ease the discomfort. You can make flavored cubes by adding chicken broth to water and then freezing in ice cube trays.

2) Offer effective teething toys. These will be created specifically for teething puppies. Good ones will have textures that pups find beneficial and will shapes that easily fit into the crevices of the mouth so that the puppy can position it exactly where he is feeling the itching. Be sure to chose ones that are sized for medium breed pups. It's a good idea to also have some toys that are made to be frozen as the cold will help with teething discomfort. 

*** If you would like to see recommendations for effective teething toys, look to 'Toys - Chew, Teething, Boredom' in the Beagle Specialty Shoppe.
Beagle puppy looking happy
Photo courtesy owner:  Rani Tamara
3) Take a large carrot and place it in the freezer until it is icy cold. Not only will the cool temperature aid the pup's teething discomfort, but the carrot will provide excellent nutrition.
Stopping the Destruction of Your Home

Beagle puppy teethingMany owners become very frustrated when their puppy chews on items in the house. While it seems too easy of an answer...the answer is to not place those objects where your teething Beagle puppy can reach them. Until this phase is over, find new places for these things. The most commonly chewed on items that need to have new homes include:
  • Shoes
  • Pocket books
  • Wallets
  • Small throw pillows
  • Clothes
  • Keys
  • TV remotes
  • Phone chargers
Beagle with tennis ball - 4 months old
Lacey, 4 months old
Photo courtesy of owner: Jodi Johnson (Reynoldsburg, Ohio)
These can be temporarily moved to shelves, closets and hanging hooks.

At the same time that you are offering all you can to ease the discomfort that your pup is feeling, you must also take responsibility for objects placed within your pup's reach that you do not want to have chewed apart. Remember - the urge to chew will be very overwhelming. 

Nothing is off limits and even items that you would never think a puppy would chew, may be mouthed. Many times a puppy will test an object in order to find out if it helps his discomfort.

An owner should always tied up electrical cords in any room that the puppy can enter. All it takes is a moment for a pup to see a cord (just the right size to fit nicely on those sore gums), bite into it and get electrocuted.

Other dangers include houseplants and items small enough to be swallowed that can then cause blockage issues such as coins, shoe laces, pen caps and paper clips. 
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