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Q: Rawhide bones, and other chewing treats

January 27, 2010 | By Deonk1 | 6 answers | Expired: 1773 days ago

Deonk1

I've got a yorkie pup, and he is teething, in his little starter kit there was a bone, which I believe to be rawhide.

He hasn't managed to break any pieces off yet, but I've heard mixed things about rawhide.

I'm thinking about ditching the rawhide, and going and buying him some greenies, or a different type of treat for him to relieve his teething. Advice? Am I on the right track. His teeth just seem so small, I don't want him to hurt himself, etc. nor do I want him to eat anything bad... (oh and he's always supervised with it)

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Stephanie  C.
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Jan 29, 2010

Another option is Nylabone. These are bone shapes, but made out of nylon. Your little pup can chew forever and not get a piece chewed off. They come in many sizes and flavors.

Good luck

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jackie
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Jan 27, 2010

I'd stay away from the raw hide and the greenies also have their problems. my friends dog had to have surgery because she swallowed a piece og greenie and couldnt digest it. I was in the e.r last week with my cat and there was a family there with a shihtsu that also swallowed a dental chew and was headed for surgery. so what ever you give you really need to watch carefully. I donot let my dogs have any of these things unsupervised

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Jillian
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Jan 27, 2010

rawhide can cause a lot of problems, and some very expensive vet bills. i love greenies, but they are really hard and have a funky shape. i think the best treat is roasted skinless, boneless chicken. dogs love it and it's good for them.

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Mary C.
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Jan 27, 2010

Kongs or anything that you can stuff with treats are always a great idea, marrow bones are favored by many dogs as well and you can stuff them just like the kongs (peanut butter works the best) they come in differant sizes, a 2'' or 4'' would be ok. As with any treat, you need to monitor, I don't care what it is, it's possible to choke on anything! Even though your dogs teeth are small they do need to exercise them just like a big dog, don't be afraid to try differant things, big or small, I have small dogs and I might bring home a big bone or treat and they go crazy, they can't acually eat it but they sure have a lot of fun trying!

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Idaviruma
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Jan 27, 2010

Try bully sticks, they are fully digestable and dogs love them.

Rawhides get slimy when dog chews on them and can get stuck in the throat (common choking hazard)

Use pig ears in moderation because they are very fatty, go with Merrick miss porky ears, they have a puffed texture.

I dont reccomend greenies because of their odd shape a lot of dogs have choked on them.

As with any treat, make sure to supervise your pet. If you are away and would like something safe to keep your pup busy, get a Kong and put one of the following : baby food, plain yogurt, canned pumpkin(plain, not pumpkin mix) or natural peanut butter, then freeze it overnight.

Make sure to use peanut butter sparingly because its fatty.

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Tommy m.
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Jan 27, 2010

greenies are good but not to many of them, raw hides are ok, but wtach out for things like pig ears, becue they put sugar on them. but plane rawhide are good, i sugest rope toys if you can get your puppy to chew on it.

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