Due to excessive drool, teething can make puppies sick. Excessive saliva will enter the stomach, causing a lack of appetite and digestive issues. The symptoms should only last a few days, although it can take up to six months to finish the teething process.
Teething is a necessary phase that all puppies must go through. It’s a rough process that can be extremely uncomfortable for the pup and difficult for the owner. However, the process is even more difficult if your puppy becomes sick.
It’s true that puppies can get sick when teething. If your puppy is excessively drooling, has lost his appetite, and has some digestive problems, then he may be sick from teething.
However, if the illness is worse than just those symptoms, lasts longer than a few days, or seems unrelated to teething, you should take your puppy to a vet.
This article will discuss the primary symptoms of teething, what it looks like when a puppy is “sick” from teething, and when to see a vet.
Signs That Your Puppy Is Sick While Teething
Unfortunately, the teething process can make your puppy a little sick. There are three apparent symptoms that your puppy is sick from teething: drooling, loss of appetite, and digestive issues.
Drooling itself is not a sure symptom of teething or that your dog is sick. However, when your puppy is teething, he will drool much more than usual. This excess drool can end up in his stomach, which contributes to the other two symptoms.
Loss Of Appetite
All that drool in your puppy’s system can make him feel sick. If he isn’t feeling well, then he isn’t going to be interested in food. If you notice your puppy is drooling a lot and isn’t eating much, he may be getting sick from teething.
The third symptom to look out for is other digestive issues. Your puppy will probably develop diarrhea from all the drool in his system.
Furthermore, your puppy will be desperate to chew on anything while teething, so he may accidentally swallow something that isn’t good for him, causing an upset stomach and possible diarrhea.
All of these symptoms should be temporary, lasting no more than a few days. However, if you are concerned, know your puppy ate something that’s not good for him, or it seems your puppy is sick from something else, it is a good idea to take him to the vet.
When To Go To A Vet
In most teething cases, the symptoms are mild and you just have to wait them out. However, there are a few situations where you may want to get your puppy checked out.
No Other Symptoms Of Teething
If your puppy is drooling, not eating, and showing signs of digestive issues but is not showing any other teething symptoms, you should take him to the vet. He could be teething and not showing any other signs yet, or it could be something else. Your vet will know for sure, so it’s a good idea to get your puppy checked out.
Other Symptoms Not Listed Above
If your puppy is ill but showing symptoms not mentioned in this article, like vomiting, it could be something other than teething. Even if your puppy is teething, don’t just assume that all his symptoms are teething-related. He may be sick with something else while teething.
When Digestive Issues Are Prolonged
In most cases, digestive issues caused by teething should only last a few days. If this has been going on for a week or longer, you should take your puppy to the vet. These symptoms could be teething-related, or they could be a sign of something else. It’s best to talk to your vet to ensure your puppy is not suffering from something worse.
Symptoms Should Only Last a Few Days
A teething puppy can cause a bit of anxiety and frustration. A teething puppy who is also sick is worse. Teething (more specifically, drooling) can cause minor digestive issues for your puppy. If your puppy is unwell due to teething, his digestive issues should only last a few days. If his problems are more prolonged, or if you are suspicious that they are not teething-related, then you should have your puppy checked out at the vet.
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Bryan Harkins is an avid dog lover and the proud owner of dogdorable.com, a website dedicated to all things canine. With years of experience working with dogs, Bryan is passionate about providing valuable information, tips, and resources to help pet owners provide the best possible care for their furry companions.