So, you’ve noticed your adorable beagle has started teething – Great! Typically, a beagle’s new teeth will grow in and replace its baby teeth within 4 months.
There are several important factors that you’ll want to keep in consideration to properly take care of your puppy through their teething stage.
Let’s take a look at how to support your puppy while they’re teething to keep them happy and healthy.
Signs That Your Beagle Is Teething
Some of the most common signs that your pup is teething include the following:
- Blood on chew toys
- Frequent chewing
- Lower appetite
- Stomach upsets
Once your baby beagle starts teething, these signs are pretty common. However, it’s still best to keep a close eye on these teething symptoms because if they become excessive, it could be something other than teething.
If you’re worried that these symptoms are too excessive, contact a veterinarian in case there’s a larger issue at play.
In most cases, these symptoms are normal and it can be a tough time for your puppy. When any animal (including humans) teeth, it’s uncomfortable and can affect your overall mood.
The same thing goes for beagles. So, be prepared to have a lot of patience and understanding with your furry friend during their teething stage and do your best, using the tips below, to help them through it all.
What Are The Different Teething Phases?
Your beagle goes through various teething stages as they grow older. Here are the main teething stages so that you know what to expect.
During the 6-8-week time period, your beagle’s baby teeth will begin to show. 28 teeth come through in total to help them chew food and eat easier. These baby teeth are incredibly sharp due to how their jaw strength is still developing.
Once your puppy hits the 3-4-month-old period, you’ll notice their baby teeth start to disappear. However, most beagles tend to swallow these baby teeth, so, be sure to check their mouth as it’s unlikely to find baby teeth scattered on the floor.
Swallowing baby teeth is pretty normal for beagles and doesn’t cause any harm. The incisors are the first of the new permanent teeth to come through. After this, you’ll notice that their canine and molars start to come in soon after.
6 months is the stage where your pup should have lost most or all of its baby teeth. If not, it’s best to take them to a vet for them to inspect any possible problems.
This shouldn’t worry you too much. It just means the vet may have to remove the baby teeth if they notice that the adult teeth are trying to come through.
If this isn’t seen to by the 6-month mark, however, it could cause your beagle to have issues chewing their food.
When Do Beagle Puppies Stop Teething?
8 Months & Over
At 8 months, your beagle should have lost all its baby teeth and be boasting a healthy mouth with 42 adult teeth.
Many beagle owners, including ones I personally know, were expecting the chewing to die down at this stage. This is a grave mistake on an owner’s part.
Beagles use their teeth as a way to explore and learn more about objects and their surroundings. So, you may want to continue giving them chew toys to ensure that they’re provided with something to safely satisfy their chewing curiosity with.
What To Do For A Teething Beagle
Finding chew toys provide puppies with new textures to explore using their teeth. It’s best to find toys that your puppy can easily chew on to help satisfy and itches they may have in their mouth.
I have friends who made sure to buy teething toys that were durable while also being soft enough to prevent harming their beagle’s teeth. Finding durable and well-made toys also prevents pieces from breaking off easily to avoid any accidental ingestion problems.
When beagles have toys that they enjoy teething on, they’re unlikely to want to chew on other things in your home as much. Therefore, it’s critical to find them a variety of toys to keep their interest.
Despite how messy this technique can be, I found it to be incredibly effective for helping my pup through teething.
Giving your beagle ice cubes to chew on and move around in their mouth can be superb for easing some of their discomforts. If you wanted to go a step further, why not make chicken-flavored ice cubes?
This is sure to get the attention of your puppy and encourage them to want to chew on the flavored ice cubes.
This one is pretty similar to the ice cube idea.
- Put a carrot into the fridge until it’s cold.
- Give it to your pup to help them teeth and relieve any discomfort they may be feeling.
- As a bonus, carrots are filled with nutrients that are great for your dog.
I’ve also come across people freezing hand towels and giving them to their beagle to chew on. While this can be another effective way to help them through their teething phase, it’s best not to leave them alone with the frozen towel.
This is because they may end up biting parts of the towel off which could become a choking hazard.
Looking After Your Beagle’s Teeth
Once your beagle’s teething stage is complete, you’ll still need to be attentive to maintaining the health of their adult teeth. The last thing you want is a buildup of plaque and food causing major issues later on.
Trust me, removal procedures for adult teeth can be pricey! Here are some ways to prevent your dog’s teeth from getting to that stage in the first place.
Food & Treats
There are certain treats and food that help beagles keep their teeth clean while they eat. These foods and treats are made with the specific intention of removing plaque while also eliminating bad breath.
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I remember when my dog was a pup, I used to brush his teeth with my fingers. This was to get him more comfortable with me touching his mouth. However, once your beagle is finished with the teething stage, you’ll want to use a toothbrush to clean its adult teeth.
Be sure to avoid using regular toothpaste as it contains chemicals that aren’t so great for dogs. Instead, look for a toothpaste that has been specifically made for dogs.
Alternatively, you could opt to make your own toothpaste out of baking soda and water.
What Are Good Toys For Teething?
Chew toys aren’t only great for beagles during their teething stages, they’re also superb for helping with cleaning your dog’s adult teeth.
I always make sure to have new chew toys at hand as they prevent plaque accumulation while also getting rid of any food stuck in between your dog’s teeth.
Be sure that the toys you choose are textured. This keeps them interesting enough for your pup while also giving them more of an opportunity to dislodge food that’s stuck.
The toys should also be a suitable size so that your beagle can easily chew them. Try looking for the following:
- Plush toys
- Dental rope
- Bone toys
Ways To Prevent Home Damages From a Teething Beagle
When I was looking for a puppy, one of the first elements I considered was how much of my home could be inflicted with damage.
Puppies are going to explore and most likely chew things that you’d prefer they didn’t. Accepting this beforehand was the key to ensuring that I never got mad or made my puppy feel scared.
Instead, I took the following steps to prepare for what was to come to ensure that my puppy was safe and happy.
- Crate training my puppy was critical for minimizing damage to my home while I was away.
- I made sure that my pup could easily access water and food, while also including toys for them to play with and a comfortable place to sleep.
- I also thought about the types of things that my puppy would likely want to chew on and moved them out of reach.
Give Your Pup A Room
Letting your beagle roam around freely in the house would most likely require supervision to prevent them from chewing everything in sight.
If you’re at home but don’t want to be chasing around after them constantly or putting them in a crate, giving them one designated room could be a good idea.
It’s less restrictive than a crate and gives your pup more freedom to move around. Remove all items that you think your beagle would chew on, such as shoes, wires, clothes, and so on.
If you’re concerned about your beagle biting too much, you may be relieved to hear that it’s pretty normal. However, it’s only normal in the case that it’s playful biting.
When your puppy is in its first 2 months of life, it’s common for them to have a lot of playful energy which involves biting other dogs.
Biting is a natural way for beagle puppies to show their excitement with other dogs. If your beagle bites a little too much or too hard, the other dog will make it clear by barking. This is their way of creating boundaries for each other.
Stepping in to stop them from biting each other seems like a reasonable thing. However, you could be interfering with your puppy’s developmental progress when it comes to their boundaries.
It’s best to observe how your beagle playfully bites as a puppy as they’re given indications by their brothers and sisters of when they’re biting too hard. This means that they’ll instinctively have a better idea about how to hold back if they’re playfully biting another dog.
Although, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if you notice that your beagle isn’t heading the warnings from other dogs that they’re biting too hard, you’ll want to introduce some training.
Another overlooked factor to consider if your beagle is nipping you too hard is how often you’re at home. If your pup nips at you when you’re leaving too often, this could be a sign of separation anxiety.
It’s easy for dog owners to overlook this as we think it’s just our puppies missing us. However, it must be dealt with if your pup is nipping frequently as they’re trying to let you know that they’re anxious about being left alone.
Training is the best course of action in this situation. The quicker you notice this issue, the easier the fix will be.
When Do Beagles Lose Their Baby Teeth?
Beagles typically start to lose their baby teeth at 3 to 4 months old. Once their baby teeth fall out, their adult teeth start to come through. The adult teeth are permanent and will require regular brushing to keep them healthy and clean.
How Long Do Beagles Teethe For?
By the time most beagles reach 6 months old, all of their baby teeth have fallen out. Teething can start from as early as 6 weeks into a beagle’s life and continue until their 8 months old.
When Do Beagles Stop Chewing?
Your beagle may never completely cease chewing after the teething phase is complete. You can expect the amount of teething to die down a little, but I’d recommend keeping plenty of chew toys handy!
Teething can be a difficult time for your beagle and not knowing how best to deal with it can be frustrating for the both of you.
Taking the time to understand your beagle can not only help you help them through their teething phase, but it can also help you manage their behavior in general.
You can now put the details found throughout this post to good use to help your puppy through every stage of its teething process.