Nylabone...?

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  1. rubygirl

    rubygirl New Member

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    Anyone have any experience with Nylabones? Are they safe? Do they efficiently clean the teeth? Any input would be great!
    If this is in the wrong section, I apologize... I figured it would get the most attention here :)
     
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    We have them, the dogs love them, but they don't clean teeth imo. I always size up to minimize the risk of tooth breakage.
     
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    We have Nylabones laying all over the living room. My dogs chew on them pretty much every day for a while. As far as being safe, there is a risk of tooth breakage with any hard chew. Dance did fracture a tooth on a Nylabone... but I still give them anyway as my dogs are big chewers and enjoy chewing on them in the evenings when they don't have anything else to do. And no, they don't seem to do much in the way of keeping teeth clean, but I am sure some Nylabone chewing is better than no chewing at all.
     
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    Bahamutt99 Dafuq?

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    Nylabones are great. We love them here. My dogs grind down the larges rapidly, so we stick to soupers and the other big ones.
     
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    All of my dogs used to chew on them, until 2 of them ended up with slab fractures that abscessed. All of my guys are heavy chewers, we always got the correct size for them. The vet said no more, all of them have severe wear on their teeth from nylabones. They now only get the rubber ones that are soft. My new puppy only gets the rubber ones, none of the hard chews.
     
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    Ok thanks guys. I absolutely love bully sticks but my dog polishes a large one ($27 for one) in 2 evenings.... she could do it in one evening but I spread it out to sometimes three evenings. That is a horrible price and I would go broke paying it for everyday use!
    Have any alternatives besides Nylabones?
     
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    JPuckett1989 Slowly but surely......

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    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    I gave one to Rosey once. She looked at me like "THIS IS PLASTIC" and wouldn't touch it. :rofl1:
     
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    My dogs couldnt care less about nylabones....no appeal for them.

    Other options, yes, good raw bones, (knuckle and hard leg bones can break teeth but I do still use them, their fave are probably ribs), antlers, and other things like that
     
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    ^^^ this is kind of what I'm scared of....
    I heard that the softer rubber ones weren't good either. Dogs were getting large chunks off and it was perforating bowels :eek: I'll try to find the link...
    Here it is-- a small section on the recalls-- http://www.ehow.com/facts_5953224_nylabones-harmful-dogs_.html
     
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    I agree with the breaking of teeth and also some dogs swallow instead of spitting out pieces they chew off. I won't buy them.
     
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    I always supervise my guys when they chew. The toys aten't laying around for them to chew on. I give them the rubber ones after I've checked them to make sure there aren't any chunks missing. I check the toy while they're chewing on it also.

    That link says that nylabones are rawhide, the bones my dogs chewed on we're not rawhide, they were a hard plastic/nylon type material.
     
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    My sister's Bulldog ate a Nylabone in chunks and had to get surgery to remove the pieces. :(

    They then bought him bigger, harder Nylabones... upon which he grinded his teeth down to nubs! LOL

    As with everything, supervise your dog and take anything away that you're uncomfortable with! I've given my dogs the edible Nylabones, but not the plastic ones. I do like puppy Nylabones for puppies, but for adult dogs, I like edible chews. Bully sticks, ears, raw meaty bones, etc.
     
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    I think I might just stick to a good old fashioned frozen chicken quarter lol
     

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