TEETHING PUPPIES ARE DRIVEN TO CHEW
When a puppy enters the teething stage, they will likely begin to chew on anything they can wrap their paws around. As their permanent teeth break through the gums, it causes pain and discomfort. Some of this pain is alleviated, however, by chewing on objects.
So, what should you do if you notice your puppy chewing on the furniture, carpet, curtains or any other “off limits” item in your home? Under no circumstances should you physically spank, slap or otherwise discipline them. Instead, issue a stern “NO” command. When your puppy heeds your command, reward them with petting, praise and a treat.
If you want to protect your home from being destroyed as a result of your pups teething, you should provide them with plenty of toys. Its important for owners to teach their dogs the boundaries of whats acceptable to chew and whats not; otherwise, the dog will assume everything is fair game, and the owner will come home to a destroyed living room later down the road.
Try to avoid plush toys filled with stuffing. If youve been around dogs for any significant length of time, youre probably well aware of their desire to rip the stuffing out of toys such as this. A more suitable toy for a teething pup is a rope toy. Puppies and even full-grown dogs can chew on them for months, making them an excellent choice for the dreaded teething stage.
Why Do Vets Prescribe Aspirin for Dogs?
Vets usually prescribe aspirin for dogs with osteoarthritis or musculoskeletal inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin help reduce the pain and inflammation associated with these conditions and can offer your dog relief from symptoms.
Veterinarians also use aspirin to treat a variety of other conditions. If you have a question about why your vet recommended administering aspirin, call the office. Thanks to some of the more serious side effects associated with the drug, aspirin is not a medication that owners should give their dogs without veterinary approval, so be sure to pay close attention to your veterinarian’s instructions.
What if my dog ate a baby aspirin?
If you suspect your pet ingested any form of aspirin/salicylates, it is important to contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline, a 24/7 animal poison control center, at 1-800-213-6680 right away to help determine the risk of poisoning to your pet.