What kind of chews/bones do you give your small dog?

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Professional- Fetcher
Barked: Mon Jul 16, '12 6:27pm PST 
I'm really puzzling over what to give Carter to chew on, because all the things they sell in stores are either rawhide or seem way too big for him. What do you all with small dogs give your dogs? Thanks in advance for any answers smile

My name is- Gaelic for- "Gentle"
Barked: Mon Jul 16, '12 7:11pm PST 
I give Keeva a Bully Stick to gnaw on. I get them at the Feed store. They cost about $5 but they last her a long time. I have to admit I have also given her Dingo rawhide bones. I don't really understand why the rawhide is so bad????confused She chews and chews and chews on it and seems to enjoy them so much. Never has had a problem like choking or anything like that. I am anxious to see what others give their small dogs. Good question!applause

bitches love- pantaloons
Barked: Mon Jul 16, '12 7:58pm PST 
Nick really likes lamb ears, duck feet, rabbit feet, bully sticks, and tripe twists.

Rawhide doesn't digest well so it may cause blockage, especially if a big piece is broken off and not chewed properly. I used to give them to Nick, but he cut his gums all the time on them. Antler chews are used as a safer alternative to rawhides.

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im a squeaker
Barked: Tue Jul 17, '12 2:48am PST 
I use bully sticks, tendons, duck feet, and antlers (deer usually any other type is a little too large for the doxies to carry around). My dachshunds chew the same things as my big dogs, I try to get a smaller size but they manage with any size I have given them. Marrow bones tend to be difficult for them to carry around which is the only reason I did not list them...the dogs love them but the doxies cannot move it until they have been working on it for awhile!

Is today agility- day??
Barked: Tue Jul 17, '12 1:23pm PST 
I give bully sticks, Himalayan dog chews, duck feet, and beef trachea. I have 2 antlers here (elk and deer) and both of them get ignored.
Jezabel- (Jezzie)

The Tiny One
Barked: Thu Jul 19, '12 2:35am PST 
My two little ones chew on deer antlers. smile
Jezabel is 6 pounds, Bruce is 15 pounds
Sweeney- (Todd)

The demon- groomer of Fleet- Street
Barked: Thu Jul 19, '12 11:51am PST 
Sandy gets a plethora of chews. But she has very strong teeth and a very strong jaw, so I trust her with them. Of course, I still supervise her... but she's pretty good about chewing off only what she can swallow. She is partial to Nylabones (the original kind is the ONLY kind she'll chew, which is annoying since most stores do not carry them in her size any longer) and bully sticks. I always have to buy her a size UP because of how strong her jaw is!

Sweeney, OTOH, I'm more cautious with. He gets Nylabones frequently and he likes them. They have them in tiny, small, and medium. All of which are good for the various sizes of small dogs and the various strengths of their jaws. I don't give him bully sticks or anything. Last time I did, he tried to swallow a piece that was WAY too big for his tiny throat. So, just Nylabones and similar chews for Sweeney.

Rawhides... rawhides... rawhides... I gave them to Lilo, Chance, and Cinnamon for many years with no problem. Until one day a piece swelled in Cinnamon's throat and she choked on it. In a panic, I pulled it out (I didn't know what else to do). I will never give rawhide again. If one wants to take the gamble, that's entirely up to them. But I don't think it's safe/healthy at all. It swells when wet, which can cause blockages or if the dog is like Cinnamon was (she chewed for a long time before swallowing, at which point a small piece would be MUCH bigger than what she bit off) it can get lodged in their throat. There are many safer alternatives to rawhide. And not all of them are as expensive as bully sticks!

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It\'s Tough- Being A Spoiled- Puppy!
Barked: Mon Jul 23, '12 10:46am PST 
I don't give my Tzu raw hides anymore because many of them have chemicals. I won't give her raw bones, etc due to a few friends/neighbor's dogs having had serious injuries. She won't be bothered with nylabones. shrug

Instead, I give my Tzu a carrot or a stick of celery to chew -- while I supervise. Works like a charm. She also gets her teeth brushed every day. cloud 9

Giant Shih Tzu
Barked: Mon Jul 23, '12 3:44pm PST 
Even bully sticks upset Gunther's stomach.. so I avoid those. He likes his small Nylabone. It's just the plain tan one people usually get for small puppies.

Mini Hound
Barked: Sat Aug 4, '12 2:34am PST 
Charlie got a deer antler lately. He is not a big chewer so that antler will last forever i guess laugh out loud they come in different sizes and are natural, i love it.
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