What is Teething?
Teething in pets occurs when the first teeth start emerging through the gums. It can cause pain and discomfort for your puppy or kitty but does eventually pass. This is also a very frustrating time for pet owners because your pet will want to chew and bite everything that is in sight.
Leaving a teething pet alone is also not a good idea as you will soon discover when you find your favorite shoe, book or chair ripped to shreds. The teething process usually starts between the age of 3 and 6 months. By the time, your little pet is 8 weeks old a full set of baby teeth would have developed.
Like with human babies, teething will continue for several months when your puppy or kitten loses their baby teeth and they are preplaced by adult teeth. Although all dogs and cats have to experience the teething stage, you can make this process easier and more manageable for both you and your pet.
Help for Teething
Natural treatments provide a gentler alternative to relieve the pain and discomfort of teething in both puppies and kittens. Herbal and homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use and also promotes strong, healthy teeth.
Two well known herbs such as Passiflora incarnata (Passion Flower) and Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) have natural anti-inflammatory properties and soothe pain caused by teething.
Homeopathic ingredients such as Chamomilla, Calc. Phos, and Mag. Phos are widely used to relieve symptoms of teething such as colic, cramps and flatulence while supporting the growth and development of healthy gums and teeth.
More Information on Teething
Tips to relieve teething in pets
There are a number of things that you can do to relieve teething in puppies and kittens and these include:
- Provide plenty of chew toys for your pet to encourage chewing and reduce the pain associated with teething
- Pet proof your home and make sure that you keep hazardous items such as household detergents and electrical wiring out of reach
- Freeze chew toys or wet a clean cloth and then freeze it to give to your pet – the coldness will help to alleviate swelling and pain
- Make chew toys more enjoyable by coating them in peanut butter or soaking them in broth
- Massage your puppy or kitten’s jaw and mouth to ease discomfort
- Avoid scolding your pet for chewing on something unless you have caught him in the act – say no firmly and replace the object with a chew toy and then offer praise