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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-29-2012, 08:01 PM
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Nothing wrong with the toy that you need to take it away for. His gums and teeth just aren't used to chewing like they should be, they will toughen up in a few days with regular chewing. It's good to chew, keeps their teeth clean, gums in good shape, and it is a normal mental and physical release for dogs.


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It's good to chew, keeps their teeth clean, gums in good shape, and it is a normal mental and physical release for dogs.


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The only thing bad about nylabones is when you get up in the middle of the night and step on one....it hurts...really really hurts

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I've got this one for our 13 week old GSD...

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He chews it quite often.. it usually starts with me wanting to pet him and give him attention and him wanting to chew my hand. I instead offer the bone.. and I end up just sitting there holding it while he chows done.. at least when he's distracted I can get in some good belly messages.. haha

No pieces or chunks have ever come off so far.
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Seeing blood after chewing can be a sign of gum disease which means that he needs to chew or possibly have his teeth cleaned if that is the case.
I agree. He does need to chew. My Sting isn't a hard chewer, but he loves the Nylabone - the big size durachew textured bone in the chicken or liver flavor. He starts at the small end, chews a bit and flips it over to the top. I got them from Drs. Foster & Smith - packages of 3 - economy price and replace them when they get worn down. He has a black Kong - but once the treats are gone - he leaves it - doesn't chew it - just brings it to me wanting a refill

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Wow, what great info everyone. Thank you.

It's funny because I feel like he is such a big chewer, maybe i was trying to curb his chewing habit instead of direct it in a positive way.
Thank you so much for such informative responses!

So we decided that we will give him the nylabone for small amout of time 2-3 times a day and work up to large amounts of time as the days/weeks go by.

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I tried just about every variation of Nylabone with Kira. She wouldn't give it the time of day. This really seems to be hit and miss with dogs.
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So nylabones are meant to be completely chewable/edible/digestible? Safe for dogs, even by the most skeptic?

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All the nylabones I've tried have gotten really sharp within a couple of days and that was why there would be blood on them or the dogs ignored them... They chew bison bones, bully sticks, and raw bones all the time and their teeth are in great shape, never bleed when they chew the natural stuff. I really prefer the natural goodies and so do my dogs.

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So nylabones are meant to be completely chewable/edible/digestible? Safe for dogs, even by the most skeptic?
NO! I do believe that they make certain varieties that are edible and are essentially the same as greenies but most nylabones are just plastic or nylon.

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NO! I do believe that they make certain varieties that are edible and are essentially the same as greenies but most nylabones are just plastic or nylon.
Hmm, interesting. We give him bully sticks as well, but they only last him 15 minutes max (I even look for the dense sticks) and are pretty expensive as a regular chew. I'd love to give those to him more often but, you know, it just adds up so fast.

***my vet had also mentioned something regarding antler chews. She said it could be bad because it wears away teeth. I can't remember if she said tooth enamel or what because this was two years ago. Any thoughts on this subject?***

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