Crunching and chewing will help keep your dog's teeth healthy by helping to keep tarter at a minimum. However, very hard, dense bones can result in broken teeth, especially for enthusiastic chewers. Splintering bones can cause gum and mouth lacerations resulting in pain and possible infection.
Sharp splinters of bone can also cause serious health problems if swallowed. These pieces can cause lacerations in the esophogus, have the potential of becoming embedded in the stomach or intestines causing internal bleeding or obstruction. Serious conditions can result causing your dog severe pain, the need for emergency surgery, and possibly death.
How do you keep your dog safe and satisfy their need to chew?
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- Provide healthy alternatives: Look for chew alternatives that are made of natural, easily digestible, ingredients and are not chemically processed. Whimzees are wonderful dental chew treats made from all natural ingredients including vegetables and rice.
- Offer inedible chew toys: Choose toys that cannot easily be torn and avoid those with pieces that could be pulled off easily. For aggressive chewers be aware of embedded squeakers that could be a choking hazard if accidentally removed.
- Keep kitchen garbage out of reach: Dogs don't know what bones could be harmful, they just know they smell good, and may sniff one out of an open can or bag.
- Be aware on walks: If your pup sniffs a bone from spilled garbage along the way on a walk, they may grab and chew it up before you are aware of what happened. If this occurs, be sure to monitor your dog and look for signs bone splinters may be causing them distress. Symptoms include vomiting, bleeding, gagging, and/or refusing to eat.
Offer your dog a variety of safe and healthy chews and they will let you know which ones they prefer. What are some of your dog's favorite treats or toys to chew?