Dogs love to chew. Not only is it fun for them, it also helps keep their teeth clean and their jaws strong. For puppies that are teething, chewing helps their gums feel better. But which chew toys and treats are safe for your dog? Here’s a guide to choosing the right chew toy.
Watch your dog the first few times they play with a new toy to make sure it’s right for how they chew. See if your dog falls into one of the categories below.
When buying treats and toys, if you can’t indent it with your thumbnail or can’t easily break it, it’s probably too hard for your dog’s teeth. These toys are typically safe for dogs.
Treats like rawhides, pig’s ears, and bully sticks have been known to cause stomach problems (they can be high in calories, too). Inhalers should steer clear of these types of treats — they can choke or get a piece stuck in their gut. Be aware that the flavored coatings on some of these treats can also make a big mess on your floors and furniture.
Anything harder than your dog’s teeth can crack or break a tooth, which hurts your dog and your wallet. Therefore, you should avoid: