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My 4.5 month old puppy is getting back teeth and canines at the same time. Her gums are puffy and swollen. I have tried all the tricks for helping her feel better:

Freezing toys, bones, food, and rags and giving them to her to chew
Freezing her food
Giving her ice cubes
Massaging her gums with ice cubes

She stopped eating as much of her food about a week ago and now I have to coax her to eat. I put her regular portion into a muffin tin last night with a little water in each and froze it, and she ate about half of it this morning.

Yesterday afternoon, she was absolutely inconsolable. She was standing in her pen barking and would. not. stop.

We finally followed some guidance posted on the AKC web site and gave her some aspirin (low dose - 81 mg), which calmed her down and really helped alleviate the pain. She was exhausted and slept like a log all night, but the aspirin gave her diarrhea, which cleared up fine after a dose of Kaopectate.

I called her vet this morning and they told me the aspirin would hurt her kidneys and not to use it anymore. I can't get her in to be seen by the vet until tomorrow.

The whole family is on its last nerve here. Is there any OTC pain medication I can give her that's safe?

I'm not seeing anything online that's been helpful. I asked the vet's office to have a tech call me back and give me some advice, but I don't necessarily trust that they are going to be forthcoming with treatment that might make them irrelevant, if you know what I mean.
 

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The fun of a teething pup that's really having a rough time with it. I use Kanka brand in the soft brush applicator on my pups that have major teething pain. My vet suggested it since it does stay on despite saliva, comes in an easy to use applicator package and, doesn't contain anything that is toxic to dogs.

Ask your vet but, you may want to resort to numbing the gums at meal and bed time for a couple of weeks.

Keep with the frozen things as well. You can also soak, freeze the grate or grind her food into a dog food snow cone. Mine love it when they are teething.
 

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Thank you so much! I love the idea of shaving ice her food.

We did end up taking her to see the vet because she was just beside herself. We discovered that she also has an imbalance in her gut bacteria, so it's a good thing we took her in.

The vet actually gave us some low-dose Rymadil and a therapeutic anti-diarrheal/probiotic and she's doing much better today. I think this is the first time I've seen her truly relaxed in about two weeks.

She only wants to eat her chicken in the bland diet we now have her on, but I'm not so concerned about that. She's been on the bland diet before and it took her awhile to warm to the rice. I'm hoping that, now the larger teeth have broken through her gums, she won't be as manic. I just felt so helpless!
 

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I also soak a washcloth in water, tie it in a knot and freeze it. It's a little nicer than an ice cube to chew on.

Good luck - it is tough on those poor little pups!
 
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