All havanese puppies will go through a teething phase.  Like humans, the baby teeth dogs are born with will be pushed out and replaced by their permanent adult teeth. This typically occurs between the ages of 4 – 5 months and is completely normal.  Therefore, if you notice a tooth on the ground, don’t panic.

Will you find many teeth? Although you may discover a few, in many cases havanese puppies will actually swallow most of them.  This is harmless and isn’t something for you to worry about.  You might even notice some blood on your pet’s toys, which is also a natural part of teething.

Will my companion be in any discomfort? Yes.  Gums may be sore and painful but for the most part you won’t find your pooch whining or complaining.  What you will notice, however, is that he suddenly has an insatiable desire to chew everything in your home.   Although you should not stop him from the act of chewing, as this is soothing to him, you do need to provide him with acceptable alternatives.  If not, you can expect a lot of damage to your household items.  Furthermore, he won’t learn the difference between what is his and what is not.  You must deter unwanted chewing.

What are good toys?  Consider providing your havanese puppies with…

1.    Chew toys – Make sure these are all canine-safe…

  • Nylabone
  • Ropes
  • Balls

2.    Relief toys – These are objects that help to sooth inflamed gums…

  • Freeze toys – There are teething dog items you can purchase that can be frozen.
  • Frozen wash cloth – wet a clean soft facecloth you won’t use anymore, stick it in the freezer, let it freeze and give it to him to play with.
  • Ice cubes – Your pup may like chewing or playing with ice.  Some owners also find that freezing low-sodium chicken broth into ice cubes is a favourite among their pets.

In addition, if your pal has lost too many teeth at one time, he may have difficulty breaking down hard kibble.  If this is the case, you can soften his food with warm water.

The teething phase of havanese puppies will not last forever.  You need to be patient, protect your belongings and make sure your four-legged buddy is provided with all of the relief you can give.