Monday, August 6, 2012
Does anyone have any strong feelings about the "edible" nylon products from Nylabone? I have such mixed feelings about them. I know they're "recommended by vets," satisfy a dog's urge to chew, and supposedly clean their teeth in the process, but I'm still weirded out by the fact that they're eating little bits of nylon. I'm assuming their bodies can't process these nylon pieces and they just pass them in their stool...but it just all seems so...artificial.
I bought a couple of Nylabone products early on because Andy was (and is) such a powerful chewer. I find that the Nylabone products and toys made of durable rubber (Kong, JW Pet's Good Cuz) are the only toys he can't utterly demolish. Andy has a bone-shaped chew from Nylabone's Durachew line and the "Long Lasting Durable 5 Senses Chew" he's chomping on in the photos above. He actually loves these chews and consistently goes back to them again and again.
I haven't read anything that outright damns Nylabone nylon products. They did apparently have issues a couple years back with dogs ingesting larger pieces of their Plaque Attacker bones, which were made of rubber, and getting seriously ill and even dying. Nylabone has since redesigned this product but I'll still be staying away from them because they just don't look they'd withstand Andy's aggressive chewing for very long. In any case, I'd love to hear what you think.