|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!
Edited by author Thu Jul 19, '12 11:54am PST
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