I was woundering what the best chew toys for large dogs are. I have only given my 7 month old boxer nylabones and I have not given her any rawhide, pigs ears or other bones/chews because I have heard negative things about those kinds of chews. Is it ok if she gets pieces off her nylabone or should I take it away when it gets to the point where she is getting stuff off of it? What is everyones opinion on chews for large dogs?? Thanks!
For the Nylabones, small pieces should pass through puppy's system. I think the box says pieces smaller than a grain of rice are safe to pass through. But the Nylabone should be taken away once the knuckles are worn down. Make sure if he's a heavy chewer you are geting the tougher nylabones and not the flexible ones. Or they have an edible line as well which can be eaten, but mine will crack it and eat it in under 10 minutes - she is a strong chewer for such a little dog! I also like the KONG line of toys, they have different formulas for puppies, seniors, toy breeds, and heavy chewers. Dora likes her KONG Wubba to chew and cuddle, and also to help with crate training we have a stuffable KONG, which we fill with chopped apples, carrot sticks, yougart, wet dog food, granola, peanut butter, whatever is handy, and it will keep her entertained for MUCH longer than a rawhide or busybone. For added challenge we we prepare it ahead of time and freeze it. I don't use real bones because it worries me. I've not heard anything bad about rawhides, but if you have please share. My male has a softer mouth, so we give him rawhide and bully sticks to chew. But Dora doesn't get much rawhide as it just doesn't last her, even the compressed rawhide!
Well I've been doing some looking around online about rawhide and I see what you mean. I guess its a big choking hazard and also it is slowly digested and so if eaten in excess it can cause blockages. However, I also read that Bully sticks are 100% digestable and the same problems haven't been reported for those. So I guess I will stick with Bully Sticks - Albie prefers them anyway! Also there are veggie "rawhides" which I imagine are also quickly chewed, but they are made from dehydrated sweet potatos, not hide... I wonder if the process can be duplicated at home...
also 95% of the rawhides you get are treated in formaydhyde and it doesn't have to say anything about that on the packaging. Seriously go smell your rawhides now bet you can smell it I know I could after I found that out. Rawhides are fine as long as supervised and I recommend getting them from an all-natural pet store to insure that they aren't treated with chemicals.
i like to give my dogs the large knuckle bones. they won't wear down the teeth like Nylabones do.no cooked bones as cooking promotes splintering which is dangerous. i have had problems with all of the Kong toys even the ones for agressive chewers. My dogs bite chunks out of the Kongs. i wish i could find more chew toys that are safe for my dogs to have.