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    WHAT TOYS & BONES ARE SAFE FOR DOGS?

    All The Toys That Are Great For Your Dog

    When you get a new dog or puppy, there are so many toys to choose from.  Toys and bones are important to keep your dog occupied when you are not home or can not pay attention to them.  Think of certain toys as a pacifier for them.

    Stuffed animals are not good to give to plenty of dogs because if they tear the stuffing out of the toys and swallow it, it can get wrapped up in their intestines then they can get bored with that and tear up pillows.  The pillows have the same stuffing in them as the stuffed animals. For teacups and toy dogs, the stuffed animals are probably ok because they can’t tear them apart.

    Toys and bones that are safe and unsafe for dogs:

    Any rubber toys are great.  A kong toy is wonderful because you put peanut butter on the far top of the toy, so they can smell it but they have to work to get it out.  For the big dogs you can get the black ones, so they do not tear it up so fast. It is supposed to be indestructible but some dogs can destroy them.  

    Antlers from deer or larger are Fabulous because they can bite on them and they do not break. 

    Please do not get rawhides.  Even though they are sold everywhere, they are unsafe.  As the dog is chewing on the bone it gets soft and slimy and it doesn’t break off into pieces.  The sliminess can get stuck in the dog’s throat and they can choke.  

    Flavored nylabones, bullysticks, pig ears, and pork rolls are great.  Also, marrow bones are safe and they will keep your dog busy for a long time.  They are found in your local supermarket in the refrigerator or freezer section.  Just ask the butcher and they will direct you.  

    For large dogs, do not give them small bones because they can get stuck on the top of the mouth or they can swallow them whole and choke.  You can give it to the dogs raw in their crate or outside, so they get all the meat and marrow out, then they can bring it inside and it doesn’t make a mess.  

    Dogs have digestive acids in their stomach that break the raw meat and bones with no problem.

    Use the kong toy or marrow bones as special treats.  Only give it to your dog when you put them in the crate or certain confinement, so they know they are getting special treats when in the confinement.  Also, it keeps them occupied when you are leaving the house, it does not stress them out, and it helps with separation anxiety.

    If your dog is spoiled and has so many toys to choose from, another good idea is to switch the toys around every other day, so if they have a favorite then they are not getting it everyday.  They will be more excited when they do get to play with the toy.

     

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