Preserving Puppy Teeth

July 22, 2022

My post about preserving puppy teeth originally went up in May of 2016!  This is an updated version, be sure to read to the end to see how my puppies’ teeth have held up after all these years!

In the scheme of things, your dog’s puppyhood is fleeting.  Teething is a rite of passage all puppies must go through.  I fully admit to being a bit sentimental when it comes to my dogs, and preserving puppy teeth that I found from each of them.  I only found one of Kit’s puppy teeth when he was teething – a canine tooth.  Most puppy teeth end up either being swallowed by your dog, or lost in your dog’s environment.  I was lucky to be able to save four of Fen’s teeth, two molars, an incisor, and a canine tooth, all of which Fen trotted over and spit out at my feet.

But what do you do with puppy teeth once you find them?

Most people probably just throw puppy teeth out, or tuck them away somewhere safe, in a jewelry or memory box perhaps, as an oddity to look at every now and then.  I have a shadow box where I display paw and nose molds that I took from Kit.  Somehow, I wanted to include his puppy teeth, but in a way that would also keep the teeth from getting lost since they are so small.

I preserved my dogs’ puppy teeth by displaying them inside a glass bottle, commonly sold for crafting or jewelry making.  The mineral oil I used inside the bottle helps to magnify the teeth.  I also included some decorative extras, such as my dogs’ names written on grains of rice and glitter.  

dog shadow box

The little bottle pictured on the top/middle holds Kit’s puppy tooth.

I also included some little red beads and his name written on a piece of rice.  Before sealing the bottle, I filled it with mineral oil.  The clear oil helps to magnify the stuff inside the bottle, and it protects the fragile tooth from hitting the side of the bottle too hard if the display is jarred.

I liked what I did with Kit’s tooth so much that I decided to do the same with Fen’s.

Preserving Puppy TeethIf you are interested in preserving your puppy’s teeth the same way, here’s what you will need:

  1. Super Glue: Used to seal your bottle.  This isn’t necessary, but I use it for added security.  I like this brand, but any type of glue should work.
  2. Mineral Oil: Any brand is fine, as long as it’s clear.  I just bought this at our local pharmacy.  You only need a small amount.
  3. Glass Bottle: What bottle you use is up to you.  I prefer small  bottles since the puppy teeth I’m putting inside are small.  They’d look lost inside a big bottle!  You should be able to buy tiny glass bottles at your local craft store.  They are usually sold for creating crafts/jewelry.  I got mine off Amazon.  Online they are often sold in bulk, but even so usually aren’t very expensive.
  4. Additional Items: You don’t need to add anything extra, but I like too.  I added Fen’s name written on a piece of rice, and some tiny decorative glitter pieces.
  5. Puppy Teeth: Don’t forget these!

Once you have all your supplies the rest is easy!

Make sure your teeth are clean and dry, then put them and any addition items you want inside the bottle. Next add the mineral oil.  Don’t worry if you get oil on the outside of the bottle.  It can be hard to pour stuff into those tiny bottles, plus you can just clean it up when you’re done.  If you’d like, put a small amount of super glue around the outside of your bottle’s cork, then cork up your bottle.

Preserving Puppy Teeth

An update – 6 years later!

Preserving Puppy TeethIt’s been 6 years now since I originally posted this project.  I figured an update was long overdue!

The other day I was cleaning through some of Kit and Fen’s stuff and came across their puppy shadow boxes stashed away in the back of a drawer.  Unfortunately I just don’t have the space in our current rental house to display them.  I’ve been meaning to update this post for quite awhile now, and figured some people might be interested to see how my preserving puppy teeth project has held up after all these years!

Not too long after I made this post, I discovered that the glass bottle holding Fenrir‘s puppy teeth was leaking mineral oil.  I had to open it up, add more oil, and reseal the cork.  I tried resealing it with a modeling clay, which is why you might notice some green spots on cork.  That didn’t work out, however, so I just went back to using the good ol’ fashion super glue.  I didn’t have any more issues with leaking after sealing the vial the second time.

The teeth inside seem to be holding up well!

The last two pictures in this post are recent, so after Fen’s puppy teeth have been in the mineral oil for 6ish years.  I also have one of Fenrir’s puppy canine teeth that I just taped inside his shadow box.  Less work, and that tooth has held up just fine too.  It doesn’t look as cute as the teeth in the little bottle, though!

I’ve gotten comments on this post over the years about how weird I am for preserving puppy teeth.  Weird, sure, but my puppies shadow boxes are something I’ll cherish and keep forever.  I love puppies so so much, and keeping silly mementos like this from my dogs’ puppyhoods brings back so many happy memories.  It seems like just yesterday they were sinking those sharp little puppy teeth into my feet, and now my first ‘puppy’ is almost 14!

If anyone tries this for themselves I’d love to hear/see how it went!  Comment below, or head on over to our Facebook page and share a picture of your puppy tooth creation!

Preserving Puppy Teeth

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  • Reply jana rade May 6, 2016 at 11:07 am

    I still have Jasmine’s saved some place 🙂

    • Reply Michelle @ Paw Print Pet Blog May 7, 2016 at 11:27 am

      I felt weird at first for saving them, but I’ve talked to quite a few other pet owners who said they saved their puppy’s teeth too. I guess it’s more normal than I originally thought!

  • Reply Nichole May 6, 2016 at 11:15 am

    What a great idea! We saved Penny’s puppy teeth so I just might do this!

    • Reply Michelle @ Paw Print Pet Blog May 7, 2016 at 11:27 am

      It’s very easy to do and I think comes out looking cute. Plus it’s a good way to make sure you don’t loose those tiny little teeth.

  • Reply Miss Harper aLee May 6, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    So clever. We only found a few of Harper Lee’s baby teeth, but we managed to collect almost all of Tallulah’s before thinking “What do we do with these?” and throwing them away. Nice to have this tip for the next puppy that comes into our lives.

    • Reply Michelle @ Paw Print Pet Blog May 7, 2016 at 11:28 am

      That’s awesome that you found most of Tallulah’s! I was happy that I got to keep 4 of Fen’s, especially after only finding 1 from Kit.

  • Reply Chloe Kardoggian May 6, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    interesting craft! thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply Ruth and Layla May 6, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    what an interesting idea 🙂

  • Reply Three Chatty Cats May 6, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Very interesting. We rescued our pup when he was at least a year old, so I never saw any puppy teeth. But something to consider if we ever adopt a puppy!

  • Reply Tenacious Little Terrier May 6, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    I don’t have any of Mr. N’s puppy teeth. Maybe I’ll ask for the next tooth he needs extracted lol.

  • Reply PawesomeCats May 6, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    An interesting momento of puppyhood.

  • Reply M. K. Clinton May 6, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    How fun! I have a couple of my dog’s teeth in a shadow box. LOL!

    • Reply Michelle @ Paw Print Pet Blog May 7, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Shadow boxes are awesome for displaying pet memories! I need to get a few more sometime soon. I’m lucky my fiance loves the dogs just as much as I do, so he doesn’t mind all the pictures/etc I have of them displayed around the house.

  • Reply Lauren Miller May 7, 2016 at 12:22 am

    That is such a neat idea! I will have to do this the next time I get a puppy! Zoe and Phee came to me as adults so I didn’t get to keep their puppy teeth!

    • Reply Michelle @ Paw Print Pet Blog May 7, 2016 at 11:46 am

      It’s something you miss out on if you don’t get your dogs as puppies I know but, then again, you also get to miss out on all the trouble they get into with those needle sharp puppy teeth!

  • Reply Erin Amanda May 7, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    This is super cute! You could wrap a bit of wire around the neck of the bottle and hand it from a chain to make a necklace!

    • Reply Michelle @ Paw Print Pet Blog May 9, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      The wire is a good idea! I was trying to think of a way to hang it so that I can hang it inside a shadow box like I did with Kit’s.

  • Reply Puppy Tales Studio May 7, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Oh! That’s just a great idea!! I love it! I keep my dog’s teeth as well!! Love x

  • Reply missmollysays May 7, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Oh, I LOVE this!!! I do have puppy teeth saved in a jewelry box. Your idea has inspired me to give this a try!

  • Reply Golden Daily Scoop May 7, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    What a neat keepsake! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Bryn Nowell May 7, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    That’s such a clever idea! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • Reply christycaplan May 8, 2016 at 12:48 am

    I kept Walter’s baby teeth and also put them in his baby album that I made on Tiny Prints 🙂

  • Reply Sarcastic Dog May 8, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    What a creative and interesting keepsake idea. Never would have thought of that! Thanks for sharing

  • Reply Sadie and Co. May 8, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    I have no idea what happened to Henry’s teeth. I never found any so I guess maybe he swallowed them. I’m glad we weren’t expected to yank them like my dad did ours (my brother and sisters and I – so gross).

    • Reply Michelle @ Paw Print Pet Blog May 9, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Right? I wouldn’t have wanted to yank them from my dogs either! I think most dogs do swallow them, or else they just get lost outside or vacuumed up inside. I was surprised about how small they are – they feel a lot bigger when the puppies are using them to chew on your toes!

  • Reply Sweet Purrfections May 8, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    What a great DIY idea for keeping lost puppy teeth. I never found any of Truffle or Brulee’s teeth when they lost them.

    • Reply Michelle @ Paw Print Pet Blog May 9, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      I was glad to find at least one from each of my dogs, but I don’t think it’s uncommon to never find any of them.

  • Reply Kia May 9, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Aw this is such a cute DIY!

  • Reply Beth_Daily_Dog_Tag May 9, 2016 at 7:29 am

    That is a cute idea! I never found any of Nelly’s or Sophie’s baby teeth.

  • Reply Talent Hounds May 9, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Since we rescued Kilo, I missed his puppy stage. This is a really cute DIY idea though!

    • Reply Michelle @ Paw Print Pet Blog May 9, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks 🙂 I just mentioned on another comment…I bet it would be cute to do something similar with a small lock of fur if you don’t have puppy teeth. I might have to try it, since I have extra little bottles anyways.

      • Reply Kate June 23, 2023 at 9:54 pm

        Yes, I did see someone on etsy who does something similar with fur/horse hair. Anything is possible ❤️

    • Reply Kate June 23, 2023 at 9:53 pm

      I didn’t get my dog’s puppy teeth either, but he just had a dental cleaning at the vet. He’s had 4 or 5 cleanings in his life. He’s 18yo now. He’s had to have extractions before, but this was the first time, upon pickup, that they asked if I wanted the teeth. I said YES!!!! That’s how I stumbled on this blog. I’ve found some folks on etsy that make necklaces etc. I’m excited about it:) It sucks he has poor dental health. I’ve tried everything, but genetically, he just gets plaque build up so easily and it can turn into infections etc. He’s tiny- 6-7lbs and small dogs are known foe their teeth problems bc of small mouths and lots of teeth squished together. Anyway… sometimes we end up with our senior dog’s teeth!

      • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack June 24, 2023 at 1:14 pm

        Aww senior dog teeth are just as special! <3 For sure if either of my dogs needed teeth pulled I'd ask my vet if I could keep the teeth after.

        Small dogs are more prone to dental health issues. I've been lucky that my two boys haven't had much of an issue with dental health so far, but they aren't as small as your little one is either.

  • Reply HuskyCrazed May 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Oh I am loving this!

  • Reply fivesibes May 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Love the glass bottle idea!

    • Reply Michelle @ Paw Print Pet Blog May 9, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      The little glass bottles are so cute! I have to think of more DIY projects to use them for since I bought a bunch in bulk.

  • Reply Carol Bryant May 9, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I have teeth from both my cocker spaniels. I am so going to have to try this because at this time, they are sitting in an envelope.

  • Reply Lindsay, Dog Blogger May 9, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    These projects are amazing, such a cool way to preserve those teeth. I’d always save them, but other people in my household would find them gross and make me throw them away, lol. They look so adorable in the little jar, and it really solves the problem of having slimey puppy teeth laying around!

  • Reply Where Pets Are Found May 10, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Oh this is so cute, I’ve never had a puppy so hadn’t thought about it before!

  • Reply Playful Kitty May 10, 2016 at 1:28 am

    This is a really cute idea! I haven’t been able to save any kitten teeth from my cats, but I would probably do something like this if I had. Those are the little things that bring back a lot of good memories. 🙂
    -Purrs from your friends at

  • Reply Erin R Barthold July 3, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Our puppy just turned 5mths yesterday (July 2, 2020) and so far I’m the only one who had found any of his teeth. I found 4 teeth (2 in one day last month and 2 today). First tooth, he was chewing on it and I got it out of his mouth. Second was on the floor on same day. Third was found on the floor this morning, so he could’ve lost it last night or sometime this morning. And the forth I just found a half hour ago while sitting next to him chewing on a hard bone like treat. This is our first puppy and my first dog in general that I’ve had. My fiance had a grown dog and never a puppy. Saving all for the memories of our baby boy. He’s growing up so quickly 😔 and doing so well🙂

  • Reply Marie October 7, 2023 at 3:51 am

    Hi thanks for the tips I didn’t know what to do…I just what to save and preserve them roxy is now 5months old and she has lost 5 teeth so far …hopefully we will find more…your little look amazing….I have a question if it’s okay…do I fill the whole bottle with oil or just a bit and can I add coloured beads….many thanks

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack October 12, 2023 at 2:26 pm


      I don’t think the amount of oil matters too much! I filled mine most of the way but if you like how it looks better with just a bit of oil I think that would be fine too.

      You can add colored beads! I added small colored beads to my bottles too. You can probably tell in the photos.

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