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01-30-2014 05:47 PM
Harry and Lola Nylabones are a good alternative if raw meaty bones are out of the question as they allow the dog to satisfy their chewing needs, however they won't experience the joys of ripping and pulling meat off the bone. Make sure you choose the right size, bigger is better than one that is too small. In terms of teeth wearing down, the dogs I have had that their canines wore down and even lost their tips were dogs that loved tennis balls, I don't allow mine now to have tennis balls because there is something in the glue or fabric (can't remember which) that will wear down teeth.
01-30-2014 02:58 PM
Chris Wild We also have a couple of these and so far I give them .

http://www.dogsgonuts.com/

Of course they only work for dogs who like to chew on softer things as they have more of a kong consistency, but they seem to be VERY durable. Our kong destroyer, Colt, hasn't even put a dent in one yet. And the neat thing about them is that if a dog does wear them down to where the red "safety indicator" shows you can send it to the company and they'll send a new replacement for free.
01-30-2014 02:48 PM
B&Cgetapup
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The little shavings are so tiny that IMO there's no real concern with the dogs ingesting them. They'll come right back out the other end. Though of course the bones should be replaced before they're worn enough that a dog could possibly break off a larger chunk.

Now those little slivers of plastic on the carpet is another matter. Those drive me nuts and the vaccuum cleaner often doesn't pick them up since the sharp little edges make them stick to the rug!
^^^^^^All of this!

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01-30-2014 02:10 PM
Liesje I don't like the idea of giving my dogs plastic but....nylabones are really the only left I can use. Rawhide they try to swallow whole and get the runs, bully sticks last about 5 minutes (and again they swallow big chunks, just last week my 13 week old barfed up a 3" piece so no more for him!), marrow bones are good but given daily that's too much fat/marrow and expensive and after a while the bones dry out and crack, I tried this chewy "stick" toy that they love but it makes all their gums bleed, Kongs they literally rip apart and eat the Kong. Nylabones are the one thing it seems they can all chew for hours without broken teeth, bleeding gums, or breaking off chunks of dangerous material.
01-30-2014 01:39 PM
CelticGlory I gave a nylabone to my sister's dog and my sister's friends yorkie. As long as they are not power chewers I would give them, but if the dog chews a lot I would be cautious. I just don't like rawhide bones and she needed something to chew since my sister is against anything raw related.
01-30-2014 01:38 PM
Wild Wolf
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The little shavings are so tiny that IMO there's no real concern with the dogs ingesting them. They'll come right back out the other end. Though of course the bones should be replaced before they're worn enough that a dog could possibly break off a larger chunk.

Now those little slivers of plastic on the carpet is another matter. Those drive me nuts and the vaccuum cleaner often doesn't pick them up since the sharp little edges make them stick to the rug!
True, true!
01-30-2014 01:35 PM
Chris Wild
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I do worry about the little plastic pieces that come off it.
The little shavings are so tiny that IMO there's no real concern with the dogs ingesting them. They'll come right back out the other end. Though of course the bones should be replaced before they're worn enough that a dog could possibly break off a larger chunk.

Now those little slivers of plastic on the carpet is another matter. Those drive me nuts and the vaccuum cleaner often doesn't pick them up since the sharp little edges make them stick to the rug!
01-30-2014 01:33 PM
trcy my oldest dog wore his canines down with tennis balls. We stopped using tennis balls and now have antlers, nylabones and kong balls. There has not been any further wear on his teeth.
01-30-2014 01:31 PM
Chris Wild
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How can we determine that before waiting till the late part of the dog's life?
Knowing what runs in the pedigree and family helps to know whether it's likely going to be a concern or not. But the most simple and easy way is to just look at the dog and watch the teeth. It takes years for the teeth to wear down significantly. It doesn't happen overnight so there is plenty of time to just keep an eye on the teeth and change chewing habits if they seem to be wearing prematurely.
01-30-2014 01:18 PM
Wild Wolf I just bought a pair of soft puppy nylabone chews for my pup, and I like them. I haven't had any issues with them yet, nor have I heard any common problems. I do worry about the little plastic pieces that come off it, so I don't usually keep them around for adults. Depends... these softer puppy ones are working out well, not shedding a lot of pieces at all.
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