8-week-old puppies are real little cuties. They are very interactive, playful, and feisty when it comes to playing time.
Similar to a human infant, puppies at this age need to chew in order to relieve the discomfort from teething.
Although, when it comes to a puppy’s diet and chewing toys, there are some questions from dog owners about whether 8-week-old puppies should be fed with bones and chews.
Can 8-Week-Old Puppies Have Bones and views?
Puppies can have bones and chews from the age of 8 weeks. However, puppies are more likely to choke on bones than adult dogs.
If you have an 8-week-old puppy, it’s best to choose a chew that they will be able to eat without choking or swallowing pieces that may cause an obstruction in their airway.
You should also make sure that you supervise your puppy when it is chewing on the bone so that you can ensure its safety.
Can 8-Week-Old Puppies Have Chews?
You can give your 8-week-old puppy chews. They are used for their teeth and are great for teaching chewing skills, but you should supervise their use to ensure that they don’t swallow the chew whole.
Chewing helps puppies learn how to chew and reduces anxiety, so it’s important that your puppy has access to something that he or she can feel comfortable chewing on!
How do I choose a chew appropriate for my 8-week-old puppy?
The best kind of rawhides or other treats for an 8-week-old puppy would be low in fat, high in protein, and with no artificial flavors or colors.
There are many brands out there that offer these options; however, it is best if you stick with brands that you know have been made locally (or at least not overseas).
My puppy is sick after eating a chew. What do I do?
- If your puppy has eaten a chew, tell your vet about the chew and what happened.
- Your vet will know what to do. If they don’t they should be able to call someone who does know.
- The vet will give your puppy medicine and tell you what to do next if needed.
What are the dangers of giving your puppies chews and bones?
You should never give your puppy a bone or chew.
Giving your puppy bones and chews is a dangerous practice that can result in serious health issues, including:
- Eating too fast – This can cause the puppy to choke and suffocate on the bone or chew.
- Ingesting too much calcium – Excessive doses of calcium can cause kidney stones in puppies younger than 5 months old.
- Fractured teeth – Puppies have baby teeth that are softer than adult teeth, which makes them vulnerable to breaking under pressure if they bite down on something hard like a bone or chew.
The best thing you can do for your 8-week-old puppy is to give them plenty of time and attention.
Play with them, teach them tricks, feed them delicious food, and take care of their teeth so they’re strong and healthy.
And always be sure to hug them as often as possible!