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Smile Raw hides, to chew or not to chew

My Oreo, 1yr., has a exteme need to chew and the only thing that seems to make him happy is a raw hide bone. He will then proceed to chew at least one side of it off the very first day, and totally become obscessed with it chewing untill he's tired and beginning again the next day. Is there something else I can give him? Maybe something else will last longer and not make his feet so icky.
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Hi Heather,
I have tried raw hides only once but they don't agree with Benji. He gets very loose stool. I give Benji only Pearly Whites to chew. They are good for gums and tartar control. I get 6" usually, but this time I tried 8" and it is taking a little longer for Benji to finish it. I throw it when it gets to about 2" so that Benji won't choke on it.

Here is the website for N-Bone Pearly Whites:
http://www.doggy-gifts.com/

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Rawhide makes Oliver sick as well. (once was more than enough)
Have you tried kongs? Oliver loves his.
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Rawhides can not only be sticky and gooey, but pcs. often break off when the dog is chewing on it and get ingested. They don't break down in the stomach, so can cause trouble.

There are great chew toys available, but not many Havs seem to like rubber all that much. Our Sammy is a constant chewer and I found a simple solution. I tie an old dishrag, or rag, into a knot (in the middle of it) and throw it around. I do that with old socks too. He loves fabric so these are his favorite things. I've also cut up an old pair of leather moccasins that I was about to throw in the trash. Sammy chews on these pcs. like there's no tomorrow! lol

You dont' want to give your dog a real shoe or sock because you dont' want him to think it's o.k. to chew those things up, but by tying a knot in the middle of it, or cutting/tearing it up, it's different and he knows those are o.k.

I can't think of much else ..... but if I do, I'll post again! Good luck, Heather and welcome to the forum!




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Yeah Radar's a Knot Freak....He Loves the rope bone, as I like to call it. It's nice and tight and he hasn't managed to take it apart yet which is a good thing. It's pretty much stodd up to anything Radar can give it. I can see it lasting quite a while.

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Speaking again on the need to chew, I may as well use this thread for this topic. Since Radar's Neutering and with the Extraction of three teeth, two Canines and One Molar he was chewing on this blanket that My Wife knitted for him (she had some leftover material). I really would rather him not have it but he sleeps with it sometimes.

Anyway Radar was chewing on it and he began to bleed onto the blanket from his mouth. I figured it was from the tender gums and the tooth removal hadn't really healed which was expected. We Promptly removed the blanket as it has an open design on it which allows for a flossing kind of action and really tears into the tender gums especially after tooth removal. The blanket was really beginning to become very red with blood.

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Smarty is a chewer, she always has something in her mouth. She enjoys the rawhides, I've never noticed them being gone even the small ones. So I am almost sure she doesn't swollow them. She also enjoys large beef bones, packaged for dogs or from the butcher. I am lucky nothing seems to bother her digestive system.

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Sierra is a real chewer too, she really enjoys it! She prefers white beef-skin, it's not sticky at all, and it's not treated with any chemicals....I buy it at a "green"-shop...

I would never give her anything artificial like a nylabone etc....to me personally it's like giving you child a plastic lolly-pop or plastic cookie....just because it might taste good, means it is good for them....
Especially with the nylabones, they do nibble bits of....and I can not imagine that being healthy going through their digestive system...

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Winston uses Bully sticks...

they're just bull #@%# but they are all natural and LAST forever and are safe. Some are filled and smell though so smell before you buy. You want just the bully stick.

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the smell of the Bully stick are so strong I can't handle them in the house and if she has it outside the ants get to them.

Trish, what are they filled with?????

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