I thought this could be a good reference thread to PF members and dog lovers that lurk the forums; what chews have you tried and what results have you gotten from them?
I haven't tried elk antlers, but these are what I've tried
Raw bones from the butcher, cut to about 2-3 inch slabs. My dogs love these, chew the meat off, lick out the marrow, and they last forever. I keep filling the emptiness inside with peanut butter. No issues with splintered teeth, though if the dogs leave them in the middle of a dark room and my feet ram into the edges.. NOT FUN!
Bully sticks, dogs love them, but smelly and don't last long.
Nylabones, no issues with chipping teeth, but also not a fun thing to step on.
Hooves, dogs love them, but Vienna eats them and barfs them up at 4am.
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Good thread Fluffy, I'll be interested to see what others post. Indy is not much of a chewer but I encourage it with things she likes because I do have to keep up with her teeth whereas Maddy loves chewing and her teeth are pearly white. My two like:
1) Beef tendons; take about 1/2 an hour to chew one, and not as stinky as bullies
2) Hooves; but Maddy gets chunks off with a sharp "snap" sound and I find that alarming (they seem pretty sharp), so I kind of have avoided them the last while
3) Those big nylabones that are kind of flexible and give a bit when you bend them;
4) Elk antlers...someone's husband hunts and gave us lots of elk antlers. The dogs love them, but we have to keep sawing off the ends of the antlers so they are freshly interested again, which is a bit of work
5) Those plastic bones with the biscuit baked into them...used to last a long time but Maddy is better at crunching the biscuit off now so they're less and less of a chew toy and more of a snack, so not getting them much anymore
I have tried lots but the above are the ones I have been getting lately.
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bully sticks only last a few mins at my house.
beef tendons are my favorite , last about 30 mins and don't make a mess .
beef ribs last the longest, my dogs love to clean the meat off as well. But they are messy.
hooves are only something to fuss over, I have to give them to the dogs when they are seperated. They can never just both have one and enjoy...
antlers are too hard, I fear a broken tooth, so I don't do them anymore.
I have never done the fake bones. My sister kept trying them only to have 2 dogs with broken teeth.
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Didn't realize Vital Essentials sells prepackaged beef spare rib bones and the price is not bad, so picked up a box and a Himalayan chew. I will let everyone know how they work out.
I have been buying the spare ribs at Jewel and cut most of the meat and fat off and give Sunny the bone and he chomps away. Keeps him occupied and only eats little bits of the raw bone, which his ok. Last night, not having any spare rib bones frozen, I found a short beef rib about 4" long and fat, so I cut the meat and fat off and gave it to him. Now, he was JUST groomed yesterday. He was having a great time and I looked over at him and he had 3 pieces of bloodied bone caught up into his beautifully coiffed ear, blood all over his bell bottoms near his paws and honestly, looked like he was eating a recently butchered animal. I could not believe it!!! First time this happened. Well, for some reason, the bone was shorter and very dense (and the inside of the bone was very bloody as it thawed). Shampoo and brush and we are ok, but that prompted me to pick up this box today.
Also, Chagall's Mom says the Himalayan chews are great so I picked one up. Sunny smelled it and walked away. I'll see if he goes back to it later.
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I wondered what the Himalayan chews were, so, I Googled it. Turns out they are Yak and Cow milk, with salt and lime. Basically, a really hard cheese. My pups LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cheese (in moderate amounts, of course). Going to have to try this out. Thanks for the heads up, liljaker and Chagall's Mom.
My vet sold me a bag of "C.E.T Hextra" chews. They seem to be raw hide with some type of coating thats supposed to be help clean their teeth. I need to find out more because I thought raw hide wasnt good to give dogs? The first several I gave him lasted a week or more, but last night I gave one and he ate it in a few minutes! I wont give any more until I find out more about them.
I bought a "puppy nylabone" and Panda didnt like it that much for several weeks, now he loves it. But it is apparently not a "food" so I may not give that any more because since it is disappearing, I know he is swallowing little bits as he chews.
He loves "nutra dent" chews but they dont last long, maybe 5-10 minutes. I bought him an antler and he likes that but I didnt think about the broken teeth issue. He still has puppy teeth right now though.
Im still looking for a better chew. Where do you get a raw bone? Just ask the butcher? Do you ask for any particular kind or just anything from a cow?
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Ill stick with my tendon treats called "the claw". Ive posted a lot already about them here but will just say that my dogs love them and they are not messy and they dont have any odor. They last a good half hr or longer at times.
I have bought beef ribs and pork ribs for rec bones but both my dogs hack a lot after that..so I dont give those any more.
I have never tried antlers or hooves.
Give bullies if we are out of the tendons..
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The tendon treats called 'the claw' that Ms Stella mentioned last a long time. I was very happy to have tried them until two of my dogs swallowed the tendons mostly unchewed and vomitted them up a couple days later intact, which told me they don't digest those. I suppose it didn't hurt them to swallow them and then vomit them up, but I haven't given them any in a while now.
I still like the skinny rawhide sticks. They last about 15 minutes, but they are small enough they don't cause an issue.
Jazz' absolute favorite chew is a cow hoof. It lasts weeks and he gnaws on it an hour or so a day. He also liked the puppy nylabone, but his jaws are too strong for them now and I don't like the adult ones because they can crack teeth.
I tried an antler, but none of them liked them much.
nonsmelly bully sticks are okay, but the cost is too high for the chew value with my dogs, so I don't buy them often.
I have just discovered sweet potato chews. They are rubbery hard and the dogs love them. They last about as long as the skinny rawhides. They are fully digestible, which I like. I have been told I could make my own and save a lot of money, so I may try that. I was surprised how much chew value was in them.