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Old 12-26-2012, 07:12 PM
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Hey everyone! Ava will be 20wks old tomorrow. She's beginning to lose her baby teeth, she's missing some teeth in the front and a few between the molars and her long pointy teeth (sorry I do not know proper tooth labeling). I am feeding her hard food right now, but I was wondering if this would be too uncomfortable for her? She still eats her food but she seems to cock her head to the side a little and chew awkwardly. I was thinking of either switching her to canned food or soaking her dry food in some water temporarily until she starts to get her adult teeth in. Does anyone have any advice on what I should do? I don't want to continue feeding her hard food if it hurts her or is not safe to do, I want to do whatever is best for her
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Stick with what you have been feeding. It helps to get all the teeth worked out and to get her gums banged up a little to help the adult teeth come through. If you just fed mush they will be chewing like crazy on other things while teething (she may do that anyway). It may look a little odd but it is not doing her teeth any favors to make it "easier". That is unless she stops eating entirely or something like that. My puppy ate raw game hem quarters and goat necks all through teething and did just fine. Some days it would sound funny hearing the teeth scrape each other, and some days she would have to eat funny to work around a half out tooth but in the end it worked out. Think of it like a butterfly, it may be painful and difficult for them to get out of their cocoon, but if they don't struggle a little bit they never can fly.

Also according to my vet they are more likely to retain baby teeth if you feed them only soft food, not sure how true that is but I can understand the general idea.
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I agree--do not put her on wet food because of losing baby teeth. It is normal and she can eat quite well with her few missing teeth. The hard food is better for her and she needs to chew--even if shge cocks her head to do it ! They are so adorable when they do that.
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Thanks for the help everyone! I'll be keeping her on hard food that seems to be the best option and will save me some money
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