This dog recognizes a dog bone when he sees one. Image credit
Remember when rawhide was the biggest thing in dog bones? Well now you can treat dogs to safer, tougher bones, some of which are dog-yummy-flavored!
There are multiple good reasons to give your dogs bones, but I'm not a big fan of raw bones or dead animal parts as chew toys for dogs. I know some folks think it's more natural to give a dog bones he might find in the wild.... But our pets are not wild, and even wild dogs rarely eat old bones and cartilage like the ones sold by pet companies. Fresh bones, whether raw or cooked, can easily shatter and splinter and they pose a danger to your dog's mouth, esophagus, and stomach that will likely create an emergency situation.
Why do we give our dog bones?
The most obvious reason is that dogs love to chew. And it turns out that chewing is healthy for them, provided they don't have dental issues. Bones clean the teeth and massage the gums as dogs chew on them, and the chewing activity helps dogs release a lot of energy that might otherwise drive them chew up your shoes or to tear up your sofa.
No matter where you stand on raw bones versus manufactured bones for your dogs, just take a look at the benefits of the dog-recommended nylon bones below. These bones contain natural flavors like meat, chicken, peanut butter, bacon, and bison - dog loving flavors that last for a good while.
How to choose the right bone for your dog
When choosing bones for your dog, you need to consider his age, size, medical conditions, and oral health.
Puppies and dogs up to eight months old should not be given bones, but chewing is still healthy for them so provide them with soft chews and soft toys. Bones for older pups and dogs should be chosen based on your dog's size and chewing enthusiasm. Big dogs with big healthy teeth get the harder bones and small dogs get the softer ones. When you take your dog to his annual vet visit, you should get a report on his oral health, and certainly you can ask for a recommendation on what strength of bone your dog should be allowed to chew.
After the size and flavor are determined, check out bone shapes and how those shapes work ergonomically when your dog holds them. How do the grooves and edges work to help clean your pup's teeth and gums?
Buy your dog the largest size chew toy he can hold between his paws and in his jaws. You will not only challenge him, but provide safety in the toy's size.
Always supervise a dog with a bone or toy
The more your dog loves his bones and toys, the more likely she will overdo it. She's not necessarily trying to splinter or chip pieces of bones, but that can be a side-effect of her enthusiasm! It's also potentially dangerous.
She won't always want to tear the guts out of a stuffed toy, but the love of the toy - or the squeaker inside - makes her do it. So keep your eye on your dogs and if they become over-excited with their bones and toys, give them an hour or so away from them.
If your dog's bone gets sharp edges, use a Dremel Tool to file it down and smooth it out.
Let's look at some of the most popular flavored dog bone brands.
The lucky dog below is holding onto the most popular dog bone on Amazon, the Benebone Wishbone!
The Benebone Real Flavor Wishbone, like other Benebones, is made of nylon They come in real bacon, chicken, and peanut flavors which are fused throughout the chew so flavor (and odor!) remain. This bone is ergonomically designed for your dog's holding position and the shape of his jaw. Its design focuses on your dog's comfort, as well as teeth stimulating needs.
Benebones are for adult dogs, not puppies or older dogs whose teeth or gums may be more delicate. They are available in three sizes: small (for dogs up to 30 pounds), medium (for dogs up to 60 pounds), and large (for dogs up to 90 pounds).
And dogs love the flavors: "REAL" chicken, bacon, and peanut!
The Benebone company is dedicated to pleasing your dog's tastes and chewing needs, but wants you to monitor your dog's use of its bones. For this reason, it provides examples (below) of safe and unsafe bone usage. It shows that the bones on the right with moderate and heavy wear should be discarded.
The Nylabone Flavor Frenzy Dog Chew Toy is just one of the latest Nylabone Dog Chews. I picked it because this particular flavor, as suggested by its coloring, is 'steak and cheese,' and I thought that was a cool flavor. But also, the bone's molded rings run in various directions to give your dog variety and a great tooth and gum workout.
Nylabone not only makes its nylon chew toys in sizes for small, medium, large, and extra large sizes, but...
Nylabone chew strengths are available for each hard chew toy it manufactures. So if your dog is not a super strong chewer, you can chose a more gentle one.
Nylabone has been making the most popular dog chews since 1955, and it continues to improve its line, most lately with a variety of shapes, colors, and and natural flavors like chicken, peanut butter, bacon, steak and cheese, and 'medley.' Here is the array of dog chews in its current line, but I have to suggest the variety of shapes on this page and the variety packs here.
Bullibone also produces naturally flavored nylon bones in bacon and peanut butter flavors which are infused throughout the bones.
The company even created the Easy-Hold Paw Pads on its original bone, which dogs really appreciate!
Bullibone Dog Bones, extra large size
The original Bullibone that is presented here, is available in sizes small through extra large and they are all for aggressive chewers. Customer reviews are very high and support the durability of the Bullibone, except for a few pet parents who report the bones are destroyed quickly.
Now, if you want to give your super-strong-jawed dog a challenge, Bullibone just recently came out with a super-strong-jawed bone called the Spin-A-Bone which you can spin or throw for your dog when he's not gnawing on it.
Here's a cool short commercial for the bone. You may think you know the dogs in this commercial....
Take a look at Bullibone's various offerings here on Amazon.com.
That's the buzz for today!