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Old 01-21-2009, 07:36 AM
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Default Dog needs to chew. If not rawhide then what?

My 6 month old Shih Tzu is 5.5 lbs and she LOVES to chew. She cannot get enough to chew.

The vet said no rawhide for digestion reasons. I've tried the Nylabone and Nylabone edibles. The Nylabones she just gives up on. I don't know if they lack or run out of flavor but she ignores them. The Nylabone edibles she can break down and consume in minutes.

I would like to give her a bone of some sort that will keep her interest. Can I give her Pig Ears to chew on? Are there other safe alternatives? I don't want anything that is going to mess with her digestion because that is sensitive enough. I just want something she can safely chew on that is tasty and I don't have to worry about her tearing into it.

She has a Kong that we stuff with treats or one of those long bones designed for the Kong. She can break that down in minutes and is looking for more. I'm not interested in filling her belly just keeping her teeth occupied.

Suggestions?

Pig Ears?
A visit to a butcher shop? If so what are safe bones for chewing?

Thanks for your time.
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:11 AM
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Wrigley loves bully sticks--they are fully digestible and he loves the flavor (thus they don't last long)--I give honey lamb ears as she is allergic to beef, pork and chicken and they last her quite a while.

Yes you can definitely give raw bones to dogs. You want them large enough to not be swallowed whole. They especially love them with some marrow left in them!
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:32 AM
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My guys love pigs ears and bully sticks.. I do give them rawhide.. but they dont' swallow pieces whole.

I also give them lots of raw bones, they get turkey necks, chicken backs etc.. but those are chews and meals all in one ( I feed raw)
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Raw shank bones here .
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:35 AM
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So are pigs ears okay?

My first dog loved them but I had heard they were not good for dogs and had not given them to any of my current dogs but it sure would be nice to let them have something to chew.
Is there a certain kind you are supposed to look for?
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:42 AM
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A few things with pigs ears.. they tend to be fatty, so if you have a tiny dog who tends to gain weight then adjust meals accordingly.

And then all the people who worry about bactiera.. but bacteria are everwhere.
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A few things with pigs ears.. they tend to be fatty, so if you have a tiny dog who tends to gain weight then adjust meals accordingly.

And then all the people who worry about bactiera.. but bacteria are everwhere.
good to know, thanks.
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:26 PM
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I also give them lots of raw bones, they get turkey necks, chicken backs etc.. but those are chews and meals all in one ( I feed raw)
Raw?? So I can go to a butcher shop and just get raw bones for her? I don't have to worry about things like salmonella or anything like that?

What are good and bad bones to get?
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:50 PM
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I worry about salmonella for 'me' but not for the dogs. Salmonella is everywhere.

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Salmonella bacteria is found wherever animals live. The bacteria can withstand hot and cold weather, rain and drought. Animals consume salmonella from the soil or contaminated processed feed.
Its used as a scare tactic by dog food companies and their ilk.

If you are introducing raw bones for the first time pick something fairly big. So if you have a small or med sized dog I would pic a large turkey neck or pork neck.
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Old 01-21-2009, 02:51 PM
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You can freeze raw turkey necks to give them more lasting power as chewies also. We gave them to Strider as teething toys, and he also chews then with his molars so they keep his back teeth really clean unlike other bones.
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