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Long lasting chew toys?

Are there any dog chewing items on the market that aren't bad for them and take a looooong time to chew up? We bought bully sticks and they were fine but kind of pricey. Is there anything on the market like those but cheaper and maybe that last even longer? lol I just need something to keep my 14 week old Havi occupied while I do stuff around the house!!
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Ahhh that is the age old question LOL I know how you feel I'm also always looking for a safe chew that lasts long, can't choke on it, but not so hard it can fracture teeth (like antlers). The best I've found so far are the bully sticks. But am going to try the Acadia Moose Antlers that Karen recommended, softer than deer or elk antler but still safe. I just keep forgetting to call them! As you say bully sticks are expensive and especially when you throw half of them away as I do once Sophie gets it chewed down to about half I worry about her swallowing it so toss them.

There are tons of things I wouldn't give, greenies, pigs ears, anything from china, etc I am bad sometimes and let Sophie tear up cardboard (she never swallows anything) so now when I bring a package in off the porch if I dont' put it up right away I'll hear big ripping sounds going on out in the living room.
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Yup...same problem. Hope Karen's suggestion is good. BTW, Dee Dee, so happy to hear that you have your mischievous full of tricks, Sophie back!!!
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Just found the thread on the Acadia Antlers. Just placed an order for the taster slices for Tucker to try. I will let you know the results. He has a nylon bone with gel center that he loves plus his stuffed raccoon toy but I wanted to find him something better. They did not list the flavored ones so I got the standard for now.

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Thanks for the recommendations! I need something to keep his chewing mouth busy. lol Has anyone used the toys where you hide treats inside like this... https://www.chewy.com/dog/ethical-pe..._source=criteo That might make him mad though! lol
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Has anyone used the toys where you hide treats inside like this... https://www.chewy.com/dog/ethical-pe..._source=criteo That might make him mad though! lol
That product is a fun game that my dogs love but they solve it and get their treats in under a minute. A stuffed and frozen kong can keep them busy for an hour.
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I like Himalayan Chews as they seem to last longer than bully sticks.
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I have been wondering about himalayan chews are they soft and yet safe? Our holistic vet says unless something it pliable enough you can bend it with your hands, it's too hard for teeth...
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I have been wondering about himalayan chews are they soft and yet safe? Our holistic vet says unless something it pliable enough you can bend it with your hands, it's too hard for teeth...
No, they're hard but not too hard, imo; however, you can't bend them with your hands, or at least I can't. Like many things, you need to assess/manage risk for your dog. Emmie's not an intense chewer so I feel the benefits far outweigh the risks for her. She's also supervised whenever she's chewing on a bone or Himalaysn Chew.
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Been searching for safe chews this is pretty much what our holistic vet was saying, to avoid fractured teeth. Of course problem still is finding a chew that fits the criteria and one your dog likes to chew. Sophie doesnt really care too much for the nylabone flexichews...


You want to be able to indent the surface with your finger nail. Surface has some “give” to it.
“Knee Cap Rule”: If you hit your self in the knee with the object and it hurts, it’s probably too hard/heavy for your dog.
“Hammer Rule”: If you can drive a nail with the product, don’t allow your dog to chew on it.
Also avoid objects with abrasive surfaces like Tennis Balls and Frisbees.
If you cannot flex or break the product with your bare hands, it’s probably best to avoid it.
Please take note: you should always monitor your pet when they are chewing on anything. Verify they’re not gagging, trying to ingest too much at one time or attempting to eat an inedible product.
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