Treats for Dogs to Gnaw On
Most people know that dogs like to chew. Chewing is a natural behavior for all dogs. It allows them to explore the world around them, exercise their jaws, and even clean their teeth. Most of all, it engages them mentally and alleviates boredom.
However, when dogs lack the proper items to chew, it can lead to destructive chewing and other behavior problems. Providing plenty of dog chew toys is one way to allow your dog to fulfill its natural desire to gnaw on things. Supplying your dog with tasty, edible chews is another way to fulfill your dog’s need to chew while offering a tasty treat.
With so many types of chews on the market, it can be hard to decide which are the safest and healthiest chews for your dog. While no dog chew is without risk, some are healthier than others.
Always supervise your dog while feeding chews to ensure they do not ingest large pieces, which can cause gastrointestinal obstruction, or injure themselves since some chews can lead to broken teeth or oral injuries.
Dog Chews to Avoid
While no dog chew is 100 percent safe, some are especially dangerous.
1. Indigestible chews like hard plastic or nylon chews
As a rule, any chew that is indigestible has a high chance of causing a gastrointestinal blockage or indigestion at the very least. Hard plastic or nylon dog chews are often too hard and can damage teeth. In addition, they develop rough edges when chewed that can cause injury. These toys are not digestible and cause GI obstruction or damage if eaten.