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Any recommendations on bones (hard/ long chewing ones, not the treat-ones that are gone in 2.5 seconds)? Perry loves his nylabone, but he chews them down really quickly, and I don't like the idea of him eating so much of it (even if I do take a lot of the pieces before he swallows them, I know he's still eating some)
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If you are talking about any Nylabones that are the hard plastic(not the edibles), I would not give them to him if he is chewing them down and swallowing pieces. They are meant to be taken away at the first signs of wear. The only hard thing I give Molly to chew is a Himalayan Chew. It is not toxic and takes a long while to gradually break down. When it gets small you can even put it in the microwave where it puffs up and can be given back to your dog to eat. Many people use antlers also. The Moose antlers from Acadia are popular, especially the blade slices. You may want to look into those as well.



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I give Willow bully sticks. I buy the thick ones as they last longer. I tried the Himalayan Chews and she really liked them but they seem so hard to me. I was afraid that she would break a tooth so I took them away. I know they can break teeth on bully sticks too but they seem a little safer as far as hardness goes.



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I have been giving the freeze dried raw bully stick. Lasts a long time. She loves to carry it around from place to place to chew.
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The dentist told me nothing that I couldn't bend so no bully sticks, antlers, etc. for Loki. Very occasionally I give him a treat one but they don't last long. Mostly he chews his toys - he isn't a hard chewer. I would love something for him to chew that would last a long time.


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The dog dentist told you that? Does Loki have particularly sensitive teeth, or is that advice for all of us? (I remember Loki had some health problems and that teeth were involved, but I can't remember the details . . .) Shama enjoys Himalayan Chews once in a while (sometimes she'll ignore one for a long time then decide to spend an hour chewing on it). She loves her bully spring which she gets once a week. (Spring = easy to "hold.") I keep meaning to try the moose antlers . . . She has a knuckle bone that she spends some time on occasionally. One reviewer on Amazon said her vet said to NOT give a bone like that to her dog, but Shama's was a gift from her breeder . . . We leave that one outside as we don't want its grease in the house.




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I can't imagine no bully sticks! Sassy has been working on a small, 4" one for a few days now. I wish I could stand the smell enough to give them bigger ones, but it's just ... ugh. We have a couple antler's around, but they seem to be less coveted. They also both like to chew on Yoda's ears. Yes, the Yoda slippers belong to the dogs (no human has ever really worn them). Yoda is one of Raffy's most favorite toys. From the second he saw them, he had to have them.
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For our house, the rule for edible chews is nothing that can't be marked by a fingernail. No weightbearing bones from large herbivores (knuckles, shins, knee caps), and no cooked bones. Nothing with rawhide, nothing with nylon, nothing too heavily treated. It doesn't leave much, but during the summer raw brisket bones, shoulder bones, and chicken necks are a fun treat. I have yet to try moose antlers, but I am looking forward to that next. I have also had success with Earth Animal No Hide chews.

Nino loves his PetStages ORKA toys to chew on more than anything. Neither is a big chewer, which is good because I am not too impressed with most edible chews.

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Maybe I'll give the antlers a try (will order a few to pick up when I'm in the US in April). Re: bully sticks - I know dogs need meat and Perry gets it in his kibble (and some treats), but I'd prefer to limit the number of things that require a dead animal (plus if the bully sticks smell, no way could I deal with that in the house - not even counting the ick factor ). I hope the antlers don't smell too badly!

Perry absolutely LOVES his toys - I think I'm going to need to teach him to put them back in the basket because he especially loves to take them all out and bring 4-5 of them to where ever we're hanging out (couch, bed) and drops most of the rest all around the room.

His absolute favorite is his skineez raccoon (the stuffed animals without the stuffing) which is the first thing he grabs in the morning, and which he wants to take outside with him for his potty breaks. This is followed by his nylabone (which I've taken away because he's chewed too much of it off) and the chipmunks/ squirrels in a log (I find random chipmunks around the house in different places after he pulls them out of their log). He likes rope toys too and his kong. The only toy we have that he regularly ignores (even to take out of the basket most days) is the one actual stuffed animal we have (a moose) - don't think he's really ever played with that one.

The result though is that he really hasn't gone through a chewing on the wrong thing stage (he was slightly interested in the books on the bottom shelf a few days ago but has left them alone since) though yesterday he was absolutely convinced that the wire for my ear buds MUST be something he MUST chew on - even sitting right next to me (no shame).
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The dog dentist told you that? Does Loki have particularly sensitive teeth, or is that advice for all of us? (I remember Loki had some health problems and that teeth were involved, but I can't remember the details . . .) Shama enjoys Himalayan Chews once in a while (sometimes she'll ignore one for a long time then decide to spend an hour chewing on it). She loves her bully spring which she gets once a week. (Spring = easy to "hold.") I keep meaning to try the moose antlers . . . She has a knuckle bone that she spends some time on occasionally. One reviewer on Amazon said her vet said to NOT give a bone like that to her dog, but Shama's was a gift from her breeder . . . We leave that one outside as we don't want its grease in the house.

Amazon.com : Redbarn Natural White Knuckle Bone (5 Bones) : Pet Supplies
Yes, the dog dentist said nothing I couldn't bend. Loki doesn't have particularly sensitive teeth but he has a sever overbite. He has had two dental surgeries - the first to remove 10 bottom baby teeth that were poking into his palate. When the adult teeth came in we had to remove 4 that were coming in sideways and cut down the canines so they wouldn't poke into the palate. As a result, I am overly cautious because I can't deal with more dental work. The concern is that the hard chews can cause broken teeth.
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