Puppies, like humans, are born with no teeth. But three to six weeks after birth, the first puppy teeth start growing. Your pup will have six incisors on the bottom and six on the top jaw for typical cases—next are four canines and, subsequently, twelve premolars.
At approximately eight weeks, the dogs’ teeth start to fall out to make room for the permanent teeth.
So, do not be too worried when you notice tiny teeth on the puppy’s bowl.
However, it is not always that teeth falling out is an ordinary situation. You need to distinguish between when it is normal and not for your dog’s health.
Dogs Losing Teeth: When It Is Normal
A dog’s teeth development stages are very much like humans. They are born without teeth and grow deciduous teeth which later fall out to make room for the permanent teeth.
Between 3 and 6 months, pups shed their baby teeth. The permanent ones, including molars, now grow. These permanent teeth should not fall out and largely contribute to the strength of the dog’s jaw.
At an early age, you will notice tiny teeth around the house, in your dog’s feeding bowl, or holes on the gums. This is normal, provided your dog has no periodontal conditions.
Sometimes, the falling teeth may go unnoticed as the pups swallow them, which is completely harmless.
Dog Losing Teeth: When It’s NOT Normal
Sometimes, you will notice your dog losing teeth in the most unnatural ways. Although a dog can survive without a single tooth, teeth play an essential role in the feeding and safety of the dog.
So, when should you be concerned about your dog’s teeth falling out?
First, if your dog experienced trauma to the mouth, a few teeth may fall out. Maybe it fell from a great height, was hit by a car, collided with a blunt object, or was hit by one of its toys. This is no normal condition, and you should seek help from your veterinarian for more information and treatment.
When your puppy chews on hard toys, even veterinary specialists warn against them as they could lead to teeth loss.
Next, the dog’s health is essential. But when faced with periodontal conditions like gum diseases, dog teeth become loose and start to fall out. The tartar building along the gum provides a breeding ground for bacteria, which compromises the structure of the teeth. Many of these conditions can be avoided with regular brushing. See how often you should brush your dog’s teeth.
When Do Puppy Teeth Start Falling Out?
Pups have very sharp deciduous teeth, which grow in a few weeks after they are born. However, they lose their baby teeth a lot faster compared to human babies. At around four months of age, depending on the breed of dog you have, the pup starts losing its baby teeth.
A total of 42 permanent teeth grow in place, including 16 premolars and ten molars.
It is crucial you keep an eye on your puppy when shedding its deciduous teeth or permanent teeth.
As mentioned before, a dog losing its teeth at the age of 3 months is typical. However, look out for signs that could suggest otherwise, such as red, swollen, or bleeding gums, foul breath, blood in the saliva, drooling, or appetite loss.
Once you notice these signs, you should seek immediate help from a vet because these could indicate an underlying condition.
To conclude, it is okay for your dog to be losing its teeth at a young age. At the early age of 8 weeks, you will notice the teeth falling out. And this is completely normal. What is not normal is when you see an adult dog losing its teeth, or having a characteristic foul odor, despite your regular dental care.
At that time, visit your vet for a checkup and treatment, just in case your dog is experiencing some dental health condition.