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How to Choose Chews for Dogs?

Giving your dog appropriate things to chew on is good for their teeth and gums, keeps them occupied, and decreases the tendency to chew on things they shouldn’t.

A chew toy is a toy designed to be chewed by animals for purposes of stimulation and relief from boredom. The act of gnawing on a chew toy is meant to be soothing and to assist small animals, like puppies, in event of easing the pain when breaking in their adult teeth as the chewing process releases feel-good chemicals from the brain.

Chew toys are a vital part of a happy, healthy animal’s life. In addition to providing hours of entertainment, they also allow the animal to work out anxiety and boredom by being occupied with chewing a toy. Chew toys also distract small animals from chewing on other “forbidden” items, and they assist in maintaining healthy teeth.

But did you know that some chews you can buy for your pet are actually harmful? Unlike-toys for children, there are no rules or regulations regarding toys or treats for pets. Just because you can buy an item in a store does not mean it’s good for your pet. So what should you watch for and what should you avoid?

Toys with small parts that your dog could swallow or choke on are common. Avoid any toy for dogs or cats that has strings, googly eyes, feathers, or any other part that could come off.

Avoid items that are too hard. Biting down just right on an object that is too hard causes a flake of the tooth to shear off. If the tooth breaks such that the tooth root is exposed, the tooth will be very painful and will subsequently become infected. Because this usually happens to the large back premolar that is difficult to see, your dog may be in pain for many months before you even know there is a problem.

You can give your dog bones to chew on but only if they are not poultry bones. Do not give your dog chicken bones since they are prone to splintering. Splintered bones are a danger since they can puncture our dog’s stomach or intestines and put his life at risk. The safest way is buy chew toys for your dogs.

Beef bones are only safe if they are boiled and softened. Raw meat or bones are not safe for dogs or people. Not only can uncooked bones break teeth but they can also give your dog Salmonella, Toxoplasmosis, E. coli or other food poisoning. Chicken, turkey or other small bones can splinter and cause punctures in the mouth, esophagus or intestines, so there also should never be fed to pets.

Pieces of rope with a knot at each end are popular now. These are a good choice as they are soft and gentle on teeth and gums. Throw them away when they start to unravel. Soft plush toys usually don’t last long, and if the stuffing is swallowed it can cause an intestinal blockage. Take these away as soon as they start to come apart, which in large dogs may be in a matter of minutes.

Whatever toys you choose, use common sense and look for tough, long-lasting and durable choices. If your dog likes what you’ve chosen, he’ll be sure to put it to the test.

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