When you start to notice some blood spots on your pug’s chewing toys then your little furry friend is teething. But when do pugs stop teething?
Well, pug puppies’ teething will happen at least twice by the time they clock one year old. Their milk teeth will come out when they are anywhere 2 to 4 weeks old and will fall out around week 8 to 16 to pave way for adult teeth. Pugs will STOP teething when they get their 42 adult teeth at around 6 to 8-month-old.
I remember when Buddha was a puppy, just a few months in, I used to pick tiny teeth from her chewing toys and the floor. She literally could chew everything that came on her way. Later on, I learned the chewing played a key role in her teething process. Check also Best bagless vacuum cleaner for pet hair
In this article, I will share my learning experience with Buddha as far as teething is concerned.
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When do pugs stop teething?
Pugs love chewing right from the puppy stage. They use mouth to do pretty much everything, unlike humans we have hands. Newborn pugs will be blind, deaf, and toothless until somewhere around weeks 2 to 4 from birth.
At this stage, the puppy is still nursing and will be under the mother’s care and breeder.
Pug Teething Stages
Weeks 2 to 4
When it comes to teething, pugs are not that much different from humans. To start with, they are born without teeth. Their teeth will start to come out somewhere around day 14 and not any earlier. Essentially, the baby teeth, also known as milk teeth, baby teeth, or deciduous teeth will push out of the gum pretty much the same time the puppy opens their eyes.
The first 2 weeks are such an important time of pug’s life in relation to their growth. The fact that pug puppies shouldn’t leave their mother until it’s week 8 from the date of birth makes a lot of pug owners miss out on this first phase of dental development.
The first teeth to shoot out are the front teeth (incisors) followed by canine and then the pre-molars which will stop shooting somewhere around week 6. So, by week 8 all the 28 baby teeth should have come out.
Weeks 4 to 8
At this stage, pugs will start one of their favorite activity, that is chewing. They’ll chew pretty much everything that comes their way which fastens their dental development to teething. Their baby teeth won’t be there for long before their adult teeth start to shoot out.
Weeks 8 to 16 (Loose Baby Teeth)
By around week 12, pug’s milk teeth will start to fall out hence lose their baby teeth. It’s this stage you’ll spot blood drops on their chewing toys and small size teeth on the floor and around your house.
It’s at this phase where I realized I need to control my pug Buddha chewing behavior. I started to touch her mouth both inside and outside and it helped her adapt to such action and presumed normal.
Also, I started to use a toothbrush and toothpaste at this phase to get her used to the paste taste and the brushing process. I later got her the Nylabone Puppy Dental Chew toy to help keep her teeth clean and massage the gums.
By somewhere around month six, all the milk teeth should have come out and you’ll notice the adult teeth starts to grow.
Months 6 to 8- Puppy Stops Teething
Your pug puppies will stop teething when they are about 7 to 8 months old. However, it’s not always a must for all pugs to stop teething at this age as some will stop before and others after.
Their teething process can take as long as 20 to 24 weeks. Their adult teeth take a bit longer to break through the gum especially the molars as compared to the milk teeth. By month 8, your puppy’s teething process should have stopped and he/she will have a complete set of 42 adult teeth.
8 Signs that Shows Your Pug Puppy is Teething
Literally, pug’s first sign of teething is when they start chewing anything that they come their way. Below are all the teething signs to watch out for.
- Drops of blood on toys– Once you start to notice small blood stains on their playing toys then it’s obviously your pug is teething. They chew everything on sight to relieve the teething pain or when they get irritated on the gum.
- Drool a lot– When your pug puppy is teething, expect some drool. Saliva will come out of their mouth more than the normal rate. Read this article for more about pug’s drool.
- Small milk teeth– Another obvious sign that your puppy is teething is when you start to see rice-sized teeth on the floor, trapped on chewing toys, and around your house.
- Sore gums– If you notice your pug’s gum turns red and really sore gum than usual it’s a sign of teething. This happens when the adult teeth are on their way coming out hence pushing up the baby teeth.
- Mild fever– Pug’s temperature will surge when they are teething. This is common to human toddlers as well.
- Misaligned teeth– The adult teeth will not always push out the milk teeth of the gum. You might notice your puppy has some teeth seats on the other. The misalignment is a sign of teething and it’s nothing to worry about since the baby teeth will eventually fall out.
- Behavioral change- The teething process is a painful process so at times your puppy will get irritated. Just be patient with your little furry buddy at this age use teething toys to distract them.
Tips to Correct Your Pug Biting Inhibation
Before we address the elephant in the room, first we must know the reason behind the pug’s destructive chewing behavior.
- Teething- Pugs will chew everything that is on their sight right from their puppy level. Puppies’ gum gets itchy and they can’t really help it but opt for scratching as a remedy.
- Boredom- When pugs don’t have anything to disrupt them when left alone then it can be a problem. They will find something to keep them busy that including barking, grumbling, and of course chewing anything they get.
- Comfort- Pugs enjoy comfortable spaces and environments and when this is compromised, they can be aggressive. They’ll start chewing, pacing around, and bark as a way to release the stress.
- Separation anxiety- Pugs are mostly bred as companion dogs and so will enjoy being close to their owner and family. When left alone especially for a long time then don’t be surprised when you walk home and find most of your stuff scattered all over and chewed.
Here is how to stop a pug’s destructive chewing:
- Show your pug his/her chewing toys- An obvious way to stop your pug’s chewing habit is to show him/her what toys to play with and chew. A better and the easiest way to do this is to play with them. When Buddha was around 8 to 12 months, I used to push her chewing toy towards her, and then I would pull it away. My intention was that she get interested in playing the game. It worked and she always came after the toy.
- Correct the pug’s chewing traits- After your pug is used to playing with his/her toys, the next step is ensuring he doesn’t shift to play with other things around the house. Basically, set a no-go-zone for your house stuff. A better way to do this is to get his attention. Use words like “No” “Stop” loudly. Immediately show him/her mistake by taking away whatever is being chewed.
- Find out the main reason for chewing- As I have discussed earlier, some behavioral change will result in the chewing trait in your pug. I prefer keeping your pug entertained to combat this problem.
- Offer your pug frozen treats- Yes, you heard me right. Frozen treats like an ice cube, a slice of frozen banana, or carrot will help to soothe their itchy gum.
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When your pug starts teething expect him/her to chew pretty much everything that s on the way. The puppy’s irritating gum makes them chew as a way of relieving themselves.
Pugs need a lot of love and attention in their first year since they got a ton of growth going on, dental development included.
In this article, I have outlined what to expect at each phase of a pug’s teething process and what point to expect the milk teeth to fall out and pave way for adult teeth to grow.