The desire to chew is both good and natural for dogs. Chewing on the right kinds of things can help keep canine teeth clean, and offering your pet an approved chew toy can help prevent him from tearing up your favorite pair of shoes or a chair leg. However, many seemingly acceptable options can actually present dangers to dogs--such as choking hazards, intestinal obstructions or cracked teeth. Here's how to choose the right chew toy option for your dog.|
Safe(r) Chewing Options
No chew toy is without risk, which is why you should always supervise your dog when you give him something to chew on. No matter how carefully constructed, if a small bit breaks loose, it can cause your pet to choke. If your dog is a frequent, strong chewer, ask your vet about pet CPR classes in your area and ask for a demonstration on how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on your dog.
When choosing a commercial chew toy, keep the following tips in mind: