The first time I discovered Middle was losing her teeth is when she was chewing on her favorite teething ball and her gums were bleeding. I was especially scared to find a few tiny teeth on the floor. If your dog has gone through something similar recently, you may wonder, what are you supposed to do?

When a Samoyed puppy is teething or losing puppy teeth, make sure you do the following:

  •     Monitor teeth loss
  •     Consider a checkup with your vet
  •     Let your dog chew for his or her comfort
  •     Begin brushing their teeth every day once adult teeth come in

In this helpful article, I will talk more on the points above as well as about when puppies start and stop teething and how much tooth loss is normal. I’ll even let you know whether it’s a cause for concern if a Sammy puppy’s teeth don’t come out. Let’s begin.

What Are Puppy Teeth? When Does a Samoyed Lose Them?

If you remember back to when you were a child, you lost teeth. In fact, the teeth currently in your mouth aren’t the ones you had as a kid. You had two sets of teeth, baby teeth and adult teeth.

It’s the same for dogs like Samoyeds. They have puppy teeth, a set of 28 teeth that some people refer to as deciduous or milk teeth. They’re not born with these teeth, but rather, they develop them when the dog turns two or three weeks old, maybe four weeks. If you were there when your Samoyed was first born and they had no teeth, know that’s completely normal.

First, they get their incisors. The bottom row of teeth has six incisors, as does the top row. The canine teeth, which are pointy and long, come in next, two for each row. It takes about four weeks for these to develop. After that, the Sammy gets their pre-molars at the back. The bottom and top row of teeth have three pre-molars each. They grow last, taking about eight weeks to appear.

Your Samoyed will shed their baby teeth anywhere from 14 to 30 weeks of age. The teeth may come out a few at a time or more slowly. While in the case of my pup Middle, I saw some teeth, not all dog owners do. You might be watching your dog eat one day and see a couple fewer teeth than you’re used to. That’s when you realize tooth loss has occurred.

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What to Do When a Samoyed Loses Puppy Teeth

Seeing your precious pup’s mouth bleeding or finding teeth on the floor can be a terrifying experience. Trust me, I felt the same way when Middle lost her first teeth. It freaked me out for a while.

Puppy teeth loss is not only totally normal, but a necessary part of your dog growing up. If your Samoyed never loses their baby teeth, then they can’t get the healthy adult teeth they need for the rest of their lives.

All that said, here’s what to do when your Samoyed begins losing baby teeth.

Watch Tooth Loss

As I said before, sometimes you don’t see the teeth as they come out. You will typically notice gaps in your Sammy’s mouth when they’re panting, eating, or otherwise have their mouths open. Remember that there’s nearly 30 puppy teeth and they all have to come out to make way for the adult teeth, of which your Samoyed will have 42. Therefore, if you see tooth loss for a while, try not to panic too much.

Schedule a Vet Checkup

Your dog is going through a major change right now. For that reason, it doesn’t hurt for them to see the veterinarian. They can check for an abnormal bite and other orthodontic issues that could cause trouble for your Samoyed later in life. For instance, an abnormal bite can lead to such problems as teeth fracturing, worn teeth, palate and gum trauma, prohibited chewing, and jaw pain.

Your vet can also assure you that your Sammy is losing teeth at a normal rate.

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Keep Your Dog Comfortable and Chewing on the Right Things

If you’ve had children, then you know how miserable they get during the teething phase. Your Samoyed has pain and discomfort as well. For some dogs, it’s a lot of pain and others, a little. You may notice their oral issues keep them from eating as much as usual, even if they’re chewing just fine.

You can try something like puppy teething toys for your Sammy at this phase of their lives. Teething gel also work. I’ll talk more about both later in this article.

Brush Their Adult Teeth Every Day

Now that your Samoyed has their adult teeth in, you need to start brushing them. It’s not advised you brush puppy teeth for two reasons. For one, they’re temporary teeth. Also, as your dog’s teeth develop, they could have tooth and gum sensitivity that makes brushing painful. If you teach them early that brushing their teeth is an uncomfortable thing, it’ll make brushing for the rest of their lives quite difficult.

Brushing their adult teeth prevents plaque, which could cause infections, gingivitis, bad breath, and tartar. Do it every day.

What to Do If a Samoyed’s Puppy Teeth Aren’t Coming Out

Within 30 weeks or about seven months, all your Sammy’s puppy teeth should have fallen out. If not, they could develop a retained tooth. This is a baby tooth that holds on for dear life even when the adult tooth grows in. This happens most often with the canine teeth, especially those on the upper row of the dog’s mouth.

Your dog shouldn’t have two teeth occupying the same slot. This could cause dental disease and other maladies for your Sammy, so if you notice an abnormal tooth, let your vet look at it. If they see your dog still has any leftover baby teeth, they can remove them.

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Teething Symptoms

How do you know your Samoyed has entered the teething phase? You may notice some symptoms, including:

  •     Irritability and moodiness because of mouth pain
  •     Unwillingness to eat
  •     Excessive drooling
  •     Chewing on pretty much every available surface, including those you’d prefer the dog not touch

How to Care for a Teething Puppy

If your puppy is going through their terrible teething phase, making them comfortable is important. To that end, let’s talk more about teething gel as well as which toys are the most appropriate for a teething Samoyed.

Teething Gel

You should always talk with your vet about using a product like teething gel before trying it on your Sammy puppy. The vet will recommend a brand and tell you exactly how to use the gel. Misusing teething gel could cause risky side effects for your dog, so always follow the instructions to the letter. Even if your Samoyed still seems in pain, don’t use more teething gel than your vet told you to.

Teething Toys

That’s why many dog owners opt for teething toys instead. These carry far fewer risks. A teething toy keeps your Sammy from munching on your dining room table or nice shoes. Not only does chewing feel better on their teeth and gums, but the act of chewing can begin to promote the growth of adult teeth. It’s a win-win!

Don’t just go to the pet store and buy any ol’ rubber toy and call it good. Look for teething toys specifically. These have materials and textures ideal for teething dogs. Rubber toys work best since they can’t break off in pieces, nor can they shed.

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Doggy Dental Care

You know you should brush your Samoyed’s adult teeth every day, but what kinds of products should you implement into their doggy dental care? Here are some suggestions.

Dog-Safe Toothbrushes

Please don’t use a spare toothbrush you have lying around at home for brushing your Samoyed’s teeth. The bristles may be too hard on the dog’s teeth and gums, causing bleeding and pain. Instead, buy a doggy toothbrush.

With some dog toothbrushes, you stick your finger inside and then use the brush attachment on your Sammy’s chompers. You can even get rubber chews that double as toothbrushes. These have deep grooves and tiny bristles. Your dog has a blast chewing and doesn’t even realize they’re cleaning their teeth at the same time.

Dog-Safe Toothpaste

You may have thought you can’t use toothpaste when maintaining your Samoyed’s oral hygiene. It’s true you should steer away from human toothpaste (it may have xylitol, which can be fatal for dogs), but products with ingredients formulated for dogs work just fine.

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Dental Treats

What dog doesn’t love treats? Besides tasting delicious, dental treats can also keep your pup’s chompers pearly white in between brushing. If you’re just getting your Sammy used to teeth brushing, dental treats can fill in the gaps on those days when they refuse to let a toothbrush near them.

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Related Questions

Q: Is chewing on bones bad for a puppy’s teeth?

A: If you’re thinking of giving your Samoyed a bone to chew on to soothe their teething pain, please reconsider it. The toughness of these bone chews can break or chip a dog’s teeth for one thing. It’s also possible for the pieces of the bone to fragment, which can choke your pup or cut the inside of their mouth (and throat).

Q: Can a dog swallow their puppy teeth?

A: Yes, your Samoyed can swallow their puppy teeth. This happens most often when the tooth comes out during mealtime. Your dog eats it with their food without even realizing it. You, as the dog owner, rarely notice anything is amiss, either.

In almost every case, your dog is at no risk of health issues by swallowing their puppy teeth.

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