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What is a safe chew bone for dogs?

By: Dr. Jon Rappaport

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Our question this week was:

What is a safe chew bone for dogs? I have a 27 pound cocker-terrier mix.

Thank you,

Jody Sutlive


Answer

Hi – thanks for your email.

Great question! I'm glad you are thinking about safety as you choose a bone or toy for your dog.

My very favorite chew toys are the durable Kong brand toys. They come in a variety of sizes and styles. Some styles allow you to hide a treat which can keep dogs really busy for hours.

As far as chew bones, I'd recommend the nylabone type bones. Avoid bones and chews that are indigestible. A dog that eats them quickly can have gastric upset. Some dogs can get esophageal obstructions from eating or ingesting bones that are too big or too small.

Also, you might like this article Safe Chew Toys for Your Dog or this article How to Choose the Best Dog Bones and Dog Chews.

Best of luck!

Dr. Jon




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