Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
We've used nylabones for years. Dogs love them so we keep buying them as they wear out. We buy the largest available as everyone is a pretty serious chewer on the nylabones. Never had a cracked tooth or any of those sorts of problems.
As far as tooth wear, I think this is more genetics than anything else. Some dogs have genetically softer teeth that will wear down quicker than others. We've had a couple dogs with teeth were worn down to nubbins by the time they were seniors, or even by later middle age. And several senior dogs who have teeth that are barely worn at all. Neither group tended to chew on nylabones more or less than the others, in fact one with the softest teeth which were down to the gumline by the time he was 12 was less inclined to chew on nylabones than most of our other dogs. This dog was linebred on Umsa Bungalow and one of the few downsides of Umsa's genetics was softer teeth. So my experience is that if a dog has softer teeth in general, then certainly chewing on something hard like a nylabone will make them wear down faster. But if the dog has stronger teeth then chewing on nylabones doesn't seem to have any effect on the teeth.
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