thanks mafia, I gave mimi one of the edible ones about 2 months ago, it was bacon flavored and she ate it in ONE day. Anything you suggest for chewing, like rawhide, stuff like that beside the hooves and raw bones?
***Edited By: rottyover0021 on 6/5/2006 10:56:20 PM*** Reason: add
I have always been anti rawhide. Vet gave her a rawhide strip when removing stitches back in march. She chewed on it for months. I broke down and bought a bag.. Will take her forever to go through them though. Have a bag of hooves, which also take a while.. bones she looses interest on.
I like the edible nylabones until she did start to eat them in a day. The three packs seemed too expensive for me as a 1 day treat, you know?
She has rubber toys she chews on some.. But that's about all I give in my home, that lasts longer than a cookie does.
I give big, thick bully sticks and take them away when my boy can fit the stump into his mouth. IMO, rawhides don't last long enough and are a choking hazard. Raw bones (a/k/a recreational bones) are, in my opinion, "wreck" bones, as in cracked and/or chipped (wrecked) doggy teeth. I have tried both rawhides and raw bones, and my boy loves both, but then I found bully sticks....
Bully sticks (i.e., bull pen*ses) offer long-lasting chewing enjoyment and teeth-cleaning benefits without the danger of choking (as long as it's taken away when it gets too small) or causing dental problems.
Please just remember...with ANY dog chew, bone or treat...you should ALWAYS watch your dog. If they tend to inhale treats or chews, etc. then make sure you are there to take larger peices away from them. It doesn't matter what it is...but I do find that with not that big of a chewer...bully sticks do work great...along with a couple of other. Larger chewers...well..always watch them...you will always be taking a risk...but I fin a real bone...like a knuckle does good. You just have to make sure it doesn't splinter. Every real bone is capable!!
Sorry...I'd never give ANY dog, regardless of its size, something that was only two inches long to chew. Bully sticks are meant to last a long time, so I think a 6-inch bully stick for a Yorkie (as long as the Yorkie enjoyed it...some dogs don't like bully sticks) would be the minimum I'd go.
***Edited By: gbroxon on 6/6/2006 12:11:12 AM*** Reason: Typo.
Maybe we'll just have to agree to disagree and no disrespect intended, but if your dog is chewing up bully sticks at the same rate as a rawhide, you're getting them from the wrong place. Bully sticks (at least the ones I get) ARE meant to last for a long time and DO. (See previous post where I said my dog LOVES to chew.)
All bully sticks are not created equal...the best I've had are from Merrick's or Sitstay.
***Edited By: gbroxon on 6/6/2006 12:34:31 AM*** Reason: Add.
well...I don't mean to offend you or anyone in here...but anything is a choking hazard...and I have tried the free range and the merrickas well as others...it always depends on your dog...my dog is a big chewer as well...I can relate...but my dog could go through any one of them in 5 minutes...if I let her. Of course I have a large dog...but I wouldn't want to see any dog in harm just because the wrong information was given.