A very common question we receive is "What is safe for my dog to chew on?". We receive this question because we often learn from owners that what they are giving their dog to chew on and keep occupied are actually dangerous.
There are admittedly more dangerous objects than safe ones when it comes to chew toys. Here is what to look for and what vets recommend when it comes to chews:
This logo gives you confidence knowing that not only does the product work as described, but there is also a component of safety that it will not break teeth or cause stomach upset when used as directed. There are many rawhide products that will display this logo on their package.
In our experience, these products are the least destructive and also the safest. We have not experienced any dog breaking a tooth when chewing on these products. It is very important however to monitor your dog when chewing and do not offer something that can be easily swallowed.
What about raw-hides, pigs ear and bully sticks? While these will not break teeth necessarily, they can cause severe gastrointestinal illness. This is especially important as these can and will harbor bacterial if left out for many days.