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Jack is just over 5 months and has lost all teeth except 3 canines. My question is, when can we start giving him harder chews? Antlers, hooves, yak chews, stuff like that? Also, any healthy, non staining recommendations on different types of chews? He loves bully sticks but hasn't had one in about a month or more due to stomach issues. (Giardia and Campylobacter) he's all clear now, but we want to wait at least a few weeks to start introducing chews. We just started him slowly back on kibble. Thanks all!


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Harder chews (things he wouldn't normally break his teeth on anyway) like ears, tendons, RMB's, etc. should be fine as he'll still be mouthy because his teeth are still settling in and he doesn't know the strength of his new teeth/bite yet. Try to limit playing tug whilst the new teeth are settling in as well. Frozen fruits and vegetables are great for them if he can't stomach oily/fatty treats yet.

Also just be sure to watch the canines as it's sometimes quite common to have the puppy canines removed if the new ones come in at the same time (usually extracted at 6 months if they won't budge).
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I don't ever feed really hard chews, personally - I don't let my dogs chew antlers, or weight bearing bones, or things like that. I don't like the risk of breaking a tooth. Others disagree. That's just my personal comfort level. I will feed knuckle bones, as they are softer, and I like them for teeth cleaning, but my dogs get more stuffed Kongs for occupying them.
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Hard chews

He's been really interested in the frozen kongs. We put peanut butter on small hole and kibble and water inside and freeze. Keeps him busy for awhile. He has 2 top canines left to lose and he will be six months on February 12th. When should I start to worry about extracting them? They don't seem to be loose and I can see his adult canines coming out behind them. Looks like it hurts. I didn't really want to worry about any type of extraction. Never actually knew that could be a problem. I don't know if we wanna give him any raw bones, so I was wondering about other good chews like antlers and stuff like that for when those canines are out. Thanks!


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Another idea for the Kong instead of water and kibble is plain yogurt and kibble.
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Another idea for the Kong instead of water and kibble is plain yogurt and kibble.


Thank you!

Please post any and all chews you all give to your dobes. Raw or not, I'm looking for safe chews that we can start giving when Jack is done teething. I've never done the raw bones before but I'm up for all suggestions. Thanks and go!


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TBH I give my puppies antlers and stuff from the start. Never had a problem.

My local mom-and-pop pet store carries No Hides which are incredible. No smell, no staining, healthy and digestible chews made with 100% salmon, chicken, or beef. This is not a paid advertisement LOL I just really like them! They are a little pricey ($5.99 for the large ones) but last my puppy HOURS.
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TBH I give my puppies antlers and stuff from the start. Never had a problem.



My local mom-and-pop pet store carries No Hides which are incredible. No smell, no staining, healthy and digestible chews made with 100% salmon, chicken, or beef. This is not a paid advertisement LOL I just really like them! They are a little pricey ($5.99 for the large ones) but last my puppy HOURS.


I just looked at those no-hides on Amazon. They look awesome! I will give them a try. What brand or where do you buy the antlers? And do you give full or split?


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Had good luck with an elk antler and my girl, but always supervised.
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I just discovered these chews, and my dogs love them! My dogs have real elk antlers, but prefer these! Petstages deer horn chews. Made in USA. They are nylon, and made with real antler. The same company also make sticks, made with real wood. I've only had them for a week, but they are holding up really well, and I'm sure they will last for months! I bought mine at the local farm store, Blain's Farm and Fleet, but I did a Google search, and found they are available just about everywhere. They are supposed to be safer than real antlers too...
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I just discovered these chews, and my dogs love them! My dogs have real elk antlers, but prefer these! Petstages deer horn chews. Made in USA. They are nylon, and made with real antler. The same company also make sticks, made with real wood. I've only had them for a week, but they are holding up really well, and I'm sure they will last for months! I bought mine at the local farm store, Blain's Farm and Fleet, but I did a Google search, and found they are available just about everywhere. They are supposed to be safer than real antlers too...


Jack loved that too. But he actually took a chunk off the tip of it. It also shreds off tiny shavings of it and I just didn't like the fact that he was eating the shavings. Didn't work for us. Haha thanks though!


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Bump. Has anyone had any problems with stubborn canines? As I said, his adult ones are coming in strong, top baby canines haven't budged yet.


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