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What bones and toys are safe?

There was a recent thread about obstructions and now I’m paranoid that my pups going to eat something that will hurt him. He got sick and had diarrhea after swallowing some rawhide. I wasn’t aware rawhides weren’t safe. I went online to look look for safe options and I’ve read conflicting advice on what’s okay to give them. My pup wants to put everything in his mouth, rocks, sticks, etc. At this point I’m considering getting him a muzzle for when he goes outside or is at my in laws farm. I’ve read most bones are bad. Ive taken up or threw out the ones I read that were bad. Right now Im left with the benabone wishbone, Kong, Kong qwest starpod, a couple different nylabones, rope toys (I’m now only using for tug of war) and the Holle roller ball. I know some of the other durable rubber Kong type interactive toys are ok. I’ve gotten conflicting advice on the benabone/nylabones, and the rope toys. I know on the other thread a rope toy caused a fatal obstruction. I can’t give him even the most durable stuffed toys as he destroys them within an hour. He doesn’t play with his Kong after he gets the stuffed treats out of it. He loves bones and toys so I hate to take them away, but most importantly I want to keep him safe. I was just wondering y’all’s thoughts and recommendations? What to keep on hand for emergencies, etc? Almost every time something happened to cause me to worry sick its late at night or on the weekends when everything but emergency vets are open. I know there are a lot of people like I was that don’t do the research or realize how dangerous some of these things are until there’s a problem. I know several people that give their dogs rawhide, etc. I read this 2019 list of safe/not safe that was helpful, but I see some things on the list are listed unsafe are safe on other articles. Also, on the other thread a couple folks recommended feeding a can of spinach or some bread if your pup does eat anything that could possibly cause an obstruction. I’ve also bought a super size bottle of hydrogen peroxide in case the pup eats something poisonous to induce vomiting.

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How old is your dog? Regular nylabones (not the puppy ones) are generally pretty safe. However, Most toys will need to be monitored for the reasons you described. My pup LOVES antlers. I started giving them to him early on (10-11weeks) and now at 6 months its the first thing he runs and gets in the morning. If you order from Michigan antler (you can find them via google) you can specific the hardness you are looking for. So far I’ve stuck with medium or medium-soft as I don’t want to put too much stress on his teeth. He chews on them constantly and goes through a large antler about every 1.5 weeks or so. You can also check out yak cheese sticks. They are great but a heavy chewer can get through them fairly quickly.
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Antlers are great. We buy cow knuckles from chewy (red barn brand) and Denver LOVES them...plus they last forever. Red barn also has good empty femur bones that we love to fill with peanut butter, pumpkin or greek yogurt and freeze them. We have been giving beef trachea every couple of weeks. Those don't last very long however they are digestible. Bully sticks are by FAR Denver's favorite. We buy the 12" braided ones....and we make sure to take them away after he's chewed for 10-/15 minutes because he could finish the whole thing if we let him. Bully sticks are also digestible, however you have to be diligent that they are not swallowing big/long pieces whole because that could lead to choking or obstruction.

All of them can be purchased on Chewy. Good luck!



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We loved antlers - until my vet told me that every broken tooth she sees in the clinic is from chewing on antlers. She recommends against, so we scratched them off our list.

She told me my very dedicated chewer would be okay with Nylabones or the like. They have a bit of give. I get the extra large that are made for super chewers or dedicated chewers (can't remember how they describe them). My dog will chew on one for an hour at a time.

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we stopped giving amber antlers as she was breaking off sharp pieces. she destroys anything soft so these days we try to give her toys for tough chewers like nylabones. of course she likes to make her own.





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we stopped giving amber antlers as she was breaking off sharp pieces. she destroys anything soft so these days we try to give her toys for tough chewers like nylabones. of course she likes to make her own.





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We give Oscar marrow bones from a local beef farmer. We try to keep them around 1/2 pound in weight as the larger bones seem to really exhaust him. We NEVER leave him unattended when he has a bone.

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I give No Hide bones they come in different flavours and actually take some time to chew so keeps Fletch happy. They are made of brown rice flour, banana powder and eggs but they feel very much like rawhide! No digestive issues either. I have given Better Belly’s which he loves but eats way too fast—the really are rawhide but I believe they are granulated. I bought a Whimzee bone which is hard but made of veggies—have not given it to him yet. Soft toys that have survived months of play are now being chewed so I throw them away 😞 Fletch is almost 8 months
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PS he prefers the Pet Qwerks BarkBones over nylabones/benebones. I get them off amazon and also find them at HomeGoods! There’s one that is shaped like a stick that he really likes.
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Another vote for Nylabones. I only buy the very hard ones, because Duster is able to rip pieces off the softer ones. However, the hard ones last for ages even though he uses them daily. I throw them out when he's chewed the ends off. He also loves the dogwood stick-shaped chews, but they don't last as long. I have Kongs, but he has no interest in them unless I stuff them with something.

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