Just like humans, Pit bulls as well go through a teething phase. The difference is dogs teething usually ends much quicker. However, it’s still a months-long process.
Since dogs don’t show emotion the same way as humans, it’s normal to feel anxious when the process begins, especially if you’re a first time dog parent. You might even be misinterpreting the teething symptoms for disturbing behaviors.
Having said that, the goal of this article is to create awareness on the teething stages as well as symptoms. Being alert to any subtle signs and proper care to their dental is essential in maintaining your companion’s overall health and wellness.
How Long Do Pit Bull Puppies Teeth?
Typically, the teething phase for pit bull puppies lasts about 5 to 6 months. During these times, it’s important to stay alert and keep track of their teething progress.
One great start is to bring your little one for a veterinarian visit and get a thorough dental checkup during the teething phase.
It’s advisable to do it before their adult teeth start growing. By doing so, the vet can take measures to prevent malocclusion — overbite or underbite — that commonly occurs when the teeth don’t grow properly.
Besides, it’s easier to manage these dental problems in their early stage than later. Plus, it’s also way cheaper than correcting adult teeth.
Pit Bull Teething Phase
Pit bull puppies teeth at about 5-8 weeks old. At this time, the baby’s teeth are coming out and they will be weaned from their mother.
These baby teeth tend to be sharpest, although they don’t stick around long. Instead, they will slowly fall off until the puppy is 3 months old, making room for the adult teeth to grow.
Molars are usually the last teeth that fall off; it’s the last stage of the teething phase. Shortly after, you will start seeing signs of adult teeth. It will take approximately 2 months — the pup will be at 6 months old — to see the presence of all of the adult teeth.
When they reach 8 months old, will start having you will start seeing full-grown pit bull teeth. There will be 42 teeth in total, with 22 teeth in the bottom jaw, and the rest 20 in the top jaw.
Until a pit bull puppy gets all their adult teeth, they might act difficult. They probably chew more than usual, and cry frequently. At times, you might even notice they obsess with biting activity.
Without much experience, it’s easy to lump such behaviors as mischief or naughty; and getting all anxious that your puppy might have aggression tendencies.
Hence, it’s always better to observe if the unusual behaviors are due to teething. You can further confirm by checking some common symptoms of teething. These symptoms include:
- Frequent drooling
- Red or swollen gums
- Crying or whining
- Loose teeth
Once you are sure teething is the culprit, take the necessary action or remedy to ease the symptoms. Most importantly, stay patient throughout the process.
Teething and Tooth Care
Teething is a process that causes lots of discomfort. It’s the reason why your puppy will act difficult or in a bizarre behavior. Luckily, there are some remedies and care you could take to ease their pain.
For example, you can purchase toys for your pit bull to chew during this critical time. Not only will the toys help to soothe their sore gums and ease up their discomfort, but they can also prevent your little one from biting things like shoes, sofa, etc.
You should also take your pit bull puppy for a dental visit during the teething phase. Ideally, the first dental visit should take place at 4 months and at 6 months old to ensure all the teeth are growing properly.
Even after they have full-grown teeth, keep the visit to once a year routine or whenever required. Dental diseases are common among dogs. Anything like poor oral hygiene and diet, chewing solid objects, and accidents can lead to compromised teeth and dental injuries.
Also, brush your pit bull’s teeth at least three times every week. Pit bulls are a breed that is prone to dental issues like tartar build up. Without consistent oral care, these buildup eventually will result in gum infection and lead to the roots and nerve problems.
To start, you can use your fingers to brush their teeth until they’re old enough to use toothbrush and canine toothpaste. Avoid using human toothpaste as it contains ingredients such as artificial sugar and xylitol that are basically harmful to your dog.
Lastly, a healthy diet for your pit bull puppy is essential to ensure healthy teeth. Look for high-quality dog food with plenty of nutrients. Additionally, you can also consider getting foods and treats that can help to reduce plaque.
Pit bull puppies start to teeth between 5-8 weeks old and the process lasts for 5-6 months. At about 8 months old, you would expect to see full-grown adult teeth.
During the teething phase, your puppy will experience discomfort and present difficult behaviors. Hence, it’s important to be understanding and stay patient.
In addition, stay alert on the teething progress to ensure their teeth grow correctly. Bring them for dental visits, practice good oral hygiene and diet so as to ensure healthy teeth.
Remember, good dental health can lead your pup to a happier, healthier, and better life quality.