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Old 12-07-2013, 02:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Zelda has always been a chewer.. hand and arms included..
She can eat through: Dynasur nylabones, antlers, hard cover books (that was a while ago, but im still quite impressed!), Jolly ball and basically things she shouldn't be getting into like cat canned food, etc.

But tonight while she was chewing on this so called indestructible nylabone, i stopped her and i looked at the nylabone and it had some pretty insane teeth indents and marks, and i flipped it over and saw a little blood on the other side. SO i put the toy away and looked at her teeth, and i didn't see anything especially screaming out to me.. But I am worried about her teeth getting gnawed down and chipping and what not!

Are antlers pretty okay for teeth? I mean i do notice when she chews them they tend to be moist where she has been chewing so it softens it.. Elk antlers are more soft right?
What else can i give her so that her teeth wont bleed?

Or am i worrying too much again?


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Berlin is an intense chewer, I give him antlers and raw bones (when he's in the mood). Anything can break teeth - just make sure you are keeping an eye on her... I always watch my guy when he's chewing. I wouldn't worry about the blood. Sometimes he bites and tugs so hard that he makes himself bleed. I can't ever find the wound though.


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It would not of been her teeth bleeding, just her gums. Nylabones are a good alternative to real bones, in terms of satisfying her chewing needs and assist in cleaning her teeth, they are usually made very tough. Make sure you have the appropriate size Nylabone, considering she is a serious chewer, you might want to get a larger, tougher one than is recommended for her size.

Not experienced with deer antlers, but if it is going soft from chewing, then she is doing a good job at chewing as opposed to biting off junks.

If she has bitten off chunks of the Nylabone, throw it away and either stick with the deer antler or as said above get a larger, tougher Nylabone.

Dogs need to chew, it satisfies them so much.
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Gunther gets through an antler in about a week and a half. He is a crazy chewer :P so far they're the only thing that lasts long enough to make it worth the purchase... I've tried Nylabones, Kongs and Cuz (rawhide once but never again. Too scary)...He killed the Nylabone in 2 days or less, Kongs have just been turned into toys instead of recreational chewing and his Cuz he killed the squeaker, nommed the feet off and ate the horns in less than 4 hours... haha I like antlers just be careful about how much you let them have because the marrow can cause upset tummies.
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i give my dog center cut femur bones (beef). sometimes he
gets a whole one. i also give him elk antlers. elk antlers
are very hard. there's nothing soft about them.
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I've been recently reading that for the dogs that have a goal of biting and BREAKING up chew items, rather then just gnawing and slowly eroding it down, ANTLERS CAN BREAK TEETH.

So we need to be careful and know how our dogs 'chew'.
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Were you guys getting nylabones rated for larger aggressive chewers? I've seen my puppy rip one of the puppy ones in half as he was getting bigger but nylabone makes some pretty heavy chews like the Galileo which looks a rather lot like a phallus.
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Berlin is an intense chewer, I give him antlers and raw bones (when he's in the mood). Anything can break teeth - just make sure you are keeping an eye on her... I always watch my guy when he's chewing. I wouldn't worry about the blood. Sometimes he bites and tugs so hard that he makes himself bleed. I can't ever find the wound though.

Thats true, that makes sense.. Can she get any gum problem from chewing so hard she bleeds though?


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It would not of been her teeth bleeding, just her gums. Nylabones are a good alternative to real bones, in terms of satisfying her chewing needs and assist in cleaning her teeth, they are usually made very tough. Make sure you have the appropriate size Nylabone, considering she is a serious chewer, you might want to get a larger, tougher one than is recommended for her size.

Not experienced with deer antlers, but if it is going soft from chewing, then she is doing a good job at chewing as opposed to biting off junks.

If she has bitten off chunks of the Nylabone, throw it away and either stick with the deer antler or as said above get a larger, tougher Nylabone.

Dogs need to chew, it satisfies them so much.
I am worried as i believe she does try to chew and bite things off and eat them.. And currently she has a really tough nylabone..
Amazon.com: Nylabone Galileo Bone Dog Chew Toy, Souper: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Nylabone Galileo Bone Dog Chew Toy, Souper: Pet Supplies
But after her chewing it for 15 minutes, there were some pretty big bite marks in it and blood on the other side.

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Gunther gets through an antler in about a week and a half. He is a crazy chewer :P so far they're the only thing that lasts long enough to make it worth the purchase... I've tried Nylabones, Kongs and Cuz (rawhide once but never again. Too scary)...He killed the Nylabone in 2 days or less, Kongs have just been turned into toys instead of recreational chewing and his Cuz he killed the squeaker, nommed the feet off and ate the horns in less than 4 hours... haha I like antlers just be careful about how much you let them have because the marrow can cause upset tummies.
I have about 4 antlers around, so she hasn't gotten through a whole one yet. That is quite impressive on gunther!

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i give my dog center cut femur bones (beef). sometimes he
gets a whole one. i also give him elk antlers. elk antlers
are very hard. there's nothing soft about them.
Where would i buy center cut femur bones? Probably a butcher?

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I've been recently reading that for the dogs that have a goal of biting and BREAKING up chew items, rather then just gnawing and slowly eroding it down, ANTLERS CAN BREAK TEETH.

So we need to be careful and know how our dogs 'chew'.
Well, if that is true, than Zelda is probably prone to breaking her teeth.. :/ There is always something with this girl!

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Were you guys getting nylabones rated for larger aggressive chewers? I've seen my puppy rip one of the puppy ones in half as he was getting bigger but nylabone makes some pretty heavy chews like the Galileo which looks a rather lot like a phallus.
Amazon.com: Nylabone Galileo Bone Dog Chew Toy, Souper: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Nylabone Galileo Bone Dog Chew Toy, Souper: Pet Supplies

Yes galileo is wonderful, i know a handful of people who have them for their dogs and they last forever. Im still debating on whether i want Zelda to have it back! But i did take away the dinosaur nylabones, because she chews through the tail and neck part quite fast.
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To me it sounds like she needs to learn the art of chewing, ripping, pulling apart rather than biting. If possible, give her a large cow femur, she won't be able to bite this initially, and may encourage her to chew, rip, tug and pull.
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To me it sounds like she needs to learn the art of chewing, ripping, pulling apart rather than biting. If possible, give her a large cow femur, she won't be able to bite this initially, and may encourage her to chew, rip, tug and pull.
Large RAW femur. Don't get one of those smoked/cooked ones or you'll get those broken teeth = expensive vet bills.

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