Dogs grow teeth twice in their lives; at 3-4 weeks and again at 6-7 months. During these painful teething periods your dog will find temporary relief chewing whatever is available to her. Treats, toys and gum remedies can help reduce her discomfort, and save your home, furniture and shoes.
Tasty chew treats can distract your dog from chewing other things, give her a feeling of reward, and help relieve gum discomfort due to teething. Check with your veterinarian before choosing, as some treats include excess vitamin supplements that may cause your growing dog more harm than good.
You cannot always be there to offer your teething dog treats, and if you could she would soon be obese. Chew toys should be made available to her when she is alone during those tough teething times. Hard-textured chew toys will alleviate your dogs’ teething discomfort better than soft toys, and should be large enough to keep her from swallowing them.
Teething gels that are made of natural herbs and oils are available in pet stores, and can be rubbed on your dogs' gums as frequently as required to relieve pain. Using treats and praise before and after each treatment will help to make her comfortable with the gel application.
Aloe Vera Ice Rub
Freeze aloe vera juice into small ice cubes. Rub the aloe vera ice cubes on your dogs’ gums. The aloe vera works to soothe her gum irritation and inflammation, while the ice numbs the pain.
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