The teething period for a husky puppy can be quite stressful and painful. Husky parents usually go through a rough patch as well during this time. Having a pooch that is often whining and biting can put a strain even on the most patient owner. The good news is that this phase doesn’t last too long and there are some very useful tips to help your puppy feel a lot better.
Husky Teething Stages
Huskies, just like all puppies, are born without any teeth. The teething process starts when a husky is around 3 months old and finishes after about 5 months. Here is what you can expect to see during this period:
During this time puppies will start to grow their baby teeth, also known as deciduous teeth. They will have 28 of these teeth by the end of the process. There are no molars in this set of teeth, but just incisors, canines, and premolars. Baby teeth are very sharp and if your puppy takes a bite at you it can really hurt.
When your husky is around 3 months old the deciduous teeth will start to fall out. They will be substituted by the adult set of teeth. The first ones to appear will be the incisors, followed by the premolars. The last teeth to appear will be the canines and the molars.
Most puppies complete the teething period when they are between 6 and 8 months old. By this period your puppy will have lost all of his baby teeth and will have an adult set of teeth. Most dogs have 42 teeth in total, but it is not uncommon to see dogs that have fewer or larger dogs that have even more.
The teething stages can vary quite a lot from dog to dog. There will be days when a puppy has no discomfort and others during which he can be quite stressed out. Until your dog is about 8 months old you can expect him to have some soreness in the gums.
Why Do Husky Puppies Bite So Much?
During the first 8 months of their lives, huskies are usually very keen on biting things or people. This is normal behavior for all puppies and not only huskies. What they are really trying to do when biting is to soothe the pain caused by the teething process. During this period the gums of every puppy will be red and inflamed. You will probably notice blood on the floor or on whatever your puppy is chewing.
Puppies know that there is only one way to relieve the discomfort they are feeling and that is biting anything within reach. They will go for the table legs (especially if wooden), cushions, shoes, and even your hands or ankles. You should not be too concerned if you find your pooch recking your house during this period. You must remember that the pain that he feels can be quite severe at times.
The best thing to do when your puppy is experiencing all of this is to redirect his biting habit towards objects that can be chewed. There are toys specially made for puppies that are teething, but you can also use things you already have at home and you don’t need anymore.
How Do You Soothe A Teething Puppy?
There are a few ways to help your husky puppy during this difficult period of his life. The sore gums of your pooch will find a lot of relief just by chewing something, so be sure to provide things he can destroy if he wants to. The cold is also an excellent pain reliever and you can make your husky feel a lot better just by giving him frozen food. Here are some ideas that will help with the teething process:
This is a very easy way to soothe your pup’s pain and it is really effective. Just get a carrot and put it in the freezer for half an hour. When it is properly frozen you can give it to your dog to chew. The cold will immediately ease the discomfort on the gums and your pooch will start feeling a lot better. Don’t exaggerate with the quantities, since carrots are very high in fiber which may affect your puppy’s stomach.
Chew Toys and Treats
Another way to help your pooch is to give him chew toys specifically made for puppies. It can be a plush toy, a kong, or a rope, they are all good options for your husky. Ideally, your pup should have a range of toys he can play with during this period. He may prefer something soft some days and then go for something harder in other moments. Chew treats, like dental sticks, will be highly appreciated by your pooch. Don’t exaggerate with the quantities and keep in mind the maximum amount of calories your pup should be eating.
This is an easy solution to help your husky cope with the teething phase. Just get a dishrag or a towel and wet it. Then you can tie a knot in it and put it in the freezer until it is completely frozen. You can then give it to your pooch and he will be very happy to take a bite at it. Always supervise your dog while he’s chewing away, as you don’t want him to swallow any small parts of the rag.
Taking Care Of Your Husky’s Teeth
Once your pooch has a full set of adult teeth, it is important to have a cleaning routine. You should be able to clean your husky’s teeth on a daily basis, using a small toothbrush and specific toothpaste. Don’t ever use human toothpaste, as it contains xylitol that is very harmful to dogs.
Brushing your pup’s teeth regularly will prevent the formation of tartar and give your dog a perfect smile. If plaque is not removed properly it will lead to decay and gum disease. There are dental treats that also help maintain your husky’s teeth in good shape, but using them on their own won’t be enough. Manual brushing is the gold standard when it comes to cleaning your pooch’s teeth.
Teething can be a stressful process not only for your husky but for you as well. He will be constantly trying to find things to chew to soothe the pain he feels in his mouth. Try to be extra patient with your pooch during this period even if he goes for your favorite pair of shoes. Provide him puppy toys and frozen carrots that will help him feel much better. Remember to always take care of your husky’s dental hygiene by brushing his teeth on a daily basis with dog-specific toothpaste.