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Online Pet Supplies - How to Select a Good Chew Toy for Your Dog

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Chewing is a natural behavior for most dogs. Whether they are bored, restless or just plain hungry, it’s an enjoyable way to pass the time and beneficial for the health of their teeth and gums. The key is to provide a safe, non-toxic product that will not break off in large chunks, splinter or wear down too quickly. In order to avoid, choking, gastrointestinal obstruction or other digestive disturbances, human companions need to closely monitor consumption and select products that are both safe and appealing.

The following products are considered good choices but should be purchased based on the age, size and chewing capacity of your dog:

Compressed raw hide bones come in several sizes and flavors. The advantage of shaped, compressed rawhide is that it gradually becomes soft and gummy and will not splinter off into small chunks or sharp slivers. It simple unravels from its original shape and very small, digestible shreds are slowly ingested. Even voracious chewers might take days to demolish a whole bone.

Knotted rawhide bones are somewhat harder in texture and appeal to dogs who are teething or enjoy gnawing on the tightly wound ends until they break off. Once the ends separate, human companions need to carefully monitor chewing activity, since some dogs may swallow a portion of the knot after it softens.

Bully sticks appeal to virtually every dog, regardless of breed, size or age. They are made from a bull’s penis and, unlike rawhide products, actually contain a measure of crude protein and are highly digestible. They are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and break down in chewable bits rather quickly for most dogs. Bully sticks are considerably more expensive than rawhide products, but well worth the cost for any pampered pup. The key is to permit an hour of chewing time, and then put the stick away for another day.

Calves hooves are an inexpensive satisfying, natural chew. Many dogs love them, but some humans find their strong, pungent odor a bit challenging to live with. The hoof breaks down into leathery soft particles and can last for a week or longer. Dogs will eventually whittle the hoof down to a small chip which should be tossed at that point to avoid choking.

Beef hide dental chews are a particularly useful for dogs who are resistant to teeth brushing. The digestible chips come in various sizes and are coated with a deliciously flavored solution that really does clean the teeth and help eliminate doggy breath. For product safety and best results, it is wise to purchase a product offered through a veterinarian. These chews are highly appealing and are usually consumed quickly, so daily use may cause digestive disturbance in sensitive dogs.

Hard plastic chew toys, such as Nylabones, are especially suited for teething puppies and very strong chewers who could ingest a softer product in a single sitting. The plastic is infused with chicken, beef or other natural tasting flavors and wears down at the corners. Tiny, non-toxic shreds are ingested and well-tolerated, but the toy should be tossed, once it shows significant wear.

When selecting a chew toy for your dog, it is essential that you are familiar with his chewing habits and products that are appropriate for his breed. Read labels closely and follow all recommendations and safety warnings. Chewing should be a slow, satisfying and safe experience for your dog, so keep a close eye on consumption and remove any product that is ingested too rapidly.

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