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what are the best bones/chewies for GR puppies?

I am stocking up for the new puppy. I want to have LOTS of safe chew toys and bones. I don't like rawhide. I have heard of "sterile natural bones". What are they and where do you get them?What would be safe to leave in puppy's crate if I had to go out briefly?

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Most major pet stores carry them (do you have petco or petsmart in canada?--if not check your local pet store). They are the large white bones, typically anywhere from 6"-10" in length and a few inches in diameter. They are a natural bone, basically cut from a large bone from a cow, then cleaned so that no "meat" is still attached. Sometimes you can get them with flavored filling, while othertimes they are just hollow. My dogs love them! And even with their hard chewing they last forever.

Here's a link to a listing for them at PetSmart.
http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...=1136981603287

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Lola loves the jumbones from pedigree. They don't last long. She devours them in like 15 to 20 min. But she loves them!! Hooves are good and last long. But, they are not fun to step on barefooted in the night.
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I believe rawhides are perfectly all right if you only allow them to be chewed in your presence... if you cannot be trusted to be that responsible then NO, they could be dangerous and you should not have them around. (I'll save the 'bleaching process' health aspect for another time.) Chew hooves, I think, are excellent but be prepared... they come with a certain odor. I actually find the odor somewhat pleasant but my wife and everyone else says it just plain "stinks!". Remember your dog's breath will smell like 'hoof' for many hours after the chewing session is over... can you say "Doggie Kisses"?

Hard bones and nylabones are probably too hard and too large to be of much interest to a young puppy but when the molars finally come in that might be different story.
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Kongs are a good choice. You can put a bit of peanut butter or cheez whiz on the inside with a few pieces of broken cookies so they have to work to get the filling out. Don't stuff the kongs, just put a knife full around the inside. They can also be put in the freezer for when the dogs are teething. My guys LOVE the kongs when they're frozen... nice and cold for them.

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Kongs are a good choice. You can put a bit of peanut butter or cheez whiz on the inside with a few pieces of broken cookies so they have to work to get the filling out. Don't stuff the kongs, just put a knife full around the inside. They can also be put in the freezer for when the dogs are teething. My guys LOVE the kongs when they're frozen... nice and cold for them.
Kongs are the favorite around this house. The dogs will bring them to me for a refill, TOO CUTE. I use american cheese slices, press it up against the inside so they really have to lick and work at it. I haven't tried freezing them, thanks for the tip! We have a variety of sizes and shapes of the kong and so far they are indestructible (a claim they make but I didn't believe until I owned one).

The hard boiled bones are good for stuffing cheese into, also, but be aware that as they age, small pieces can be broken off. We buy butcher bones and boil them ourselves. They are cheap and last a long time. (about two dollars for a large knuckle bone)
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Chilly Delights

I'm not one for all the sweets and treats available for dogs...BUT...I had some friends over for dinner and they brought along a package of Frosty Paws for my goldens. At first I though it was a gimmick like so many on the market, but the dogs went into a trance licking the cups absolutely dry. Info on the mineral, vitamin content can be found at the web site, which also has a contest which may be of interest. www.frostypawstreats.com There are only 2-flavors, both are emptied with reckless abandon. I suggest leaving the treats in the plastic cups since my dogs would otherwise just wolf down the entire clump. Lick smacking delites. chow, frank1
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Whatever you use, do not use Greenies. On every dog board and discussion group i belong to, warnings are being posted, and many are posted by folks who either had their dog or a relative or friends dog end up having surgery, or even dying after chewing on these and then swallowing chunks.

I stopped giving rawhides to mine when KayCee chucked up a large piece of very soft rawhide a couple of times. She thought she could swallow it and she couldn't.

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I got this off of another forum I belong to.. I do give mine bully sticks for a good chewy...

Puppies do need to chew. From about 4 1/2 months, you puppy will begin teething and will have a serious need to chew. The best thing you can give your puppy is raw bones - preferably the slightly soft brisket (sternum) bones that a puppy can chew right through, but any recreational raw bone will do. NEVER give your puppy cooked bones (that includes smoked, sterilized and boiled bones) as dried out bones like these can splinter. If you can't bear the thought of raw bones, then buy a non-edible nylabone instead. Chewing is a great stress reliever for dogs, and an activity they will enjoy throughout their lives - so don't stop giving bones just because your pup has finished teething!

Dogs should not be given rawhides, pigs ears or any other dried body part to chew on. These are a terrible choking hazard and many dogs have choked to death on raw hides. Rawhide has to go through several rounds of chemical cleanings in order to remove all the hair from the hide. These tend to not be rinsed off fully and the chemicals thus get ingested by the dog. Dried body parts (essentially leather) are also a bacteria hazard. Dogs' digestion systems are designed for fast processing of meat and bones, and that speed is their natural defence against bacteria. But dogs don't digest rawhide, it sits around in their stomach for some time before being passed in the same state as it went in. This can result in food poisoning, the mildest symptom of which is diarrhoea and vomitting
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When i was a kid and lived next door to Fred Flinstone, we alwasy gave chicken bones, etc to our bird dogs and never thouht a thing about it. We never had a single problem. Now that i know so much more, i shudder to think what could have happened to any one of them. A few years ago I was at the vets==I do think it was when KayCee was either getting the splint off her leg, or the stitches out following her knee surger--and i was back in the work area with her (my vet allows me all kinds of privies--he should I must have paid for about 15% of his new clinic)--and a chocolate lab pup was being worked on. His temp was 107 and he was almost limp. At that time they were not sure what was wrong with him. I later learned he had eaten a cooked pork chop bone and it had splinter and punctured his little tummy and he had peritonitis--he died.

Just a couple of weeks ago I was down at the mailbox with Buck and neighbor pulled up to get her mail and was petting Buck and asked him if he liked those bones. I asked her what bones and she said her husband had tossed pork rib bones over the fence to Buck. YIKES. I told he we did not allow our dogs to have any bones and I know he meant well, but tell him to not toss any food over to any of my dogs--they get just what they need from me and i want to make sure i know just what they are getting.

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