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Quincy has always chewed the hard nylabones. Never had an issue with them. On vet visit last week, vet saw that Q has broken the end of a tooth off, presumably from a nylabone. Vet suggests we find something else for him to chew on.

We don't want stinky slimy stuff like rawhides or bully sticks.

what else?

or, just keep on with nylabones?
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I'm afraid of the nylabones, possibly due to how much dental work I've personally undergone. I'm pretty good at breaking my own teeth, often on really hard food items like chewing gum.

And we're using bully sticks. I can't smell them unless I am actually holding them for Gracie. And they haven't got slimy like the rawhides used to.

I'm pretty sure bully sticks will become the Doberman equivalent of a saltine once Gracie's got all her teeth in, though, so I'll be interested to see what others post as suggestions.

And I'm posting mostly to say I'm sorry Quincy broke a tooth. I think he absolutely must have extra cookies until you get this sorted out.

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Personally I never use any of the hard plastic toys and never have, mostly because of the risk of tooth injury. The large bully sticks are really not that messy, just a matter of training where they are allowed to chew them.
When I can find them the braided ones last the longest.

The one drawback is the cost per chew ratio is quite high
But we know Q is worth it!
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Bully sticks will wear the teeth down too. Their teeth are not that strong to begin with, they have less enamel than we do.

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Big knuckle bones and marrow bones...cheap for the amount of time they get to chew on them.
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damn Nylabones, I would never recommend them.


Other than things in nature they chew on I do give them raw beef bones to chew on occasionally. Pearl brought a piece of Deer Antler home one day and had tons of fun chewing on it!
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Big knuckle bones and marrow bones...cheap for the amount of time they get to chew on them.
I no longer give marrow bones after those and antlers led to some very extensive / expensive dental work for one of my dogs, and I especially wouldn't give them to a dog that already has a broken tooth.

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Quincy has always chewed the hard nylabones. Never had an issue with them. On vet visit last week, vet saw that Q has broken the end of a tooth off, presumably from a nylabone. Vet suggests we find something else for him to chew on.

We don't want stinky slimy stuff like rawhides or bully sticks.

what else?

or, just keep on with nylabones?
I use Bully Sticks. The ones I get come from Brazil and are from hormone-free grass fed, antibiotic-free beef. The "sticks" are removed and oven dried very quickly to create the odor free ones or if they have been transported to the drying ovens, then they create the low odor sticks. They are not sun dried which is what causes the smelly ones since they start to decay a little outside in the sun and insects have access to them etc.

Bully sticks do NOT last long. A 12" jumbo only lasts 1 hour. Instead I lop mine in half with loppers and give them 1/2 one day (or week) and half the next week - certainly not daily. Used to occupy busy mouths when they start getting cabin fever in winter too.

I get mine from a place on Aloclek just off Cornelius Pass Rd - one of the little businesses in that complex on the right hand side. I just picked up another 25 on Friday. I know you don't live far from there . He also has antlers and other things to look at. I would stop in if I were you.

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I have sat in on marketing meetings at a few companies that sell aquarium products and was impressed at the amount of care that went into material selection to insure the product would not cause an adverse reaction to the fish.

Can't say the same for the people that market products for dogs & cats.
Just personal experience.
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I order the jumbo 12" odor-free bully sticks from a few different sites, 25-50 at a time and give one to Sabrina once or twice a week.

She's (still) a pretty agressive chewer so they only last about 30 minutes.

ETA: I know several people whose dogs have had to have teeth extracted from breakage due to nylabones and marrow bones.
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Poor Quincy, Bully sticks last a few minutes with Roxy.
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Non-smelly bully sticks from Brazil. I have gone through hundreds of them.

I tried raw knuckle bones for a while, too messy and too many cracked teeth.

I also give them greenies and Paragon alligators. But those don't last long. Sometimes a junk food like a JumBone.

The only nylabones my dogs are remotely interested in are the edible ones, which last two minutes and then they throw them up.

They used to like pressed rawhide but I think it's too much work for them now.
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Bully sticks will wear the teeth down too. Their teeth are not that strong to begin with, they have less enamel than we do.
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I no longer give marrow bones after those and antlers led to some very extensive / expensive dental work for one of my dogs, and I especially wouldn't give them to a dog that already has a broken tooth.
tnh, what do you allow your dogs to chew? I have a teething puppy, so "nothing" is not an option.

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tnh, what do you allow your dogs to chew? I have a teething puppy, so "nothing" is not an option.
I too thought bully sticks were fairly harmless, the veterinary dentist informed be otherwise. I still give them though sometimes, along with knuckle bones, himalayan chews, tracheas, or stuffed / frozen kongs. The one that had the dental work is an aggressive chewer, but I was advised that the marrow bones are extremely bad for their teeth which is why I no longer give those to any of the dogs.

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I too thought bully sticks were fairly harmless, the veterinary dentist informed be otherwise. I still give them though sometimes, along with knuckle bones, himalayan chews, tracheas, or stuffed / frozen kongs. The one that had the dental work is an aggressive chewer, but I was advised that the marrow bones are extremely bad for their teeth which is why I no longer give those to any of the dogs.
What's a mother to do ?
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tnh, what do you allow your dogs to chew? I have a teething puppy, so "nothing" is not an option.
I guess it remains DH's ears - all natural!
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I guess it remains DH's ears - all natural!
I think she's only got his ears three times.
She's found the perfect large bone, though, with plenty of meat on it:


I need to upload and resize some photos. She's grown a bit.

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I too thought bully sticks were fairly harmless, the veterinary dentist informed be otherwise. I still give them though sometimes, along with knuckle bones, himalayan chews, tracheas, or stuffed / frozen kongs. The one that had the dental work is an aggressive chewer, but I was advised that the marrow bones are extremely bad for their teeth which is why I no longer give those to any of the dogs.
The tracheas only last about 30 seconds with Sabrina. I need to try the himalayan chews though.
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The tracheas only last about 30 seconds with Sabrina. I need to try the himalayan chews though.

No they don't last long at all, really more of a treat than a chew I guess.

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we might have a solution...

we have some old furniture we've been lugging around year after year, move after move, that we really don't care about...

hmmm

heeeere Quincy....
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The large Himalayans last my daughter's 7 month old a long, long time and he loves them. they are a pretty decent price at Himalayan Dog Chews - Dog Treats - Dog Chews and Treats - Best Bully Sticks
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DR, I think that you should enter this photo contest

https://www.dobermantalk.com/site-new...e-contest.html

After you win, you can sell the $100.00 worth of nylabone products on Ebay and pay for Quincy's dental work

And an added bonus would be that you would then become Yung's favorite, knocking michael327 out of the top spot.
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DR, I think that you should enter this photo contest

https://www.dobermantalk.com/site-new...e-contest.html

After you win, you can sell the $100.00 worth of nylabone products on Ebay and pay for Quincy's dental work

And an added bonus would be that you would then become Yung's favorite, knocking michael327 out of the top spot.
First, I would never dream of knocking michael out of that top spot. That is reserved for him. But yes - I could enter the contest, win, then post pictures of my toothless doberman But I reckon you see a lot of toothlessness down yonder where your at.
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