Soon after adopting Andy we quickly discovered he had the power to chew, tear, and mangle his way through just about anything we threw at him. Andy is an especially aggressive chewer and it took a bit of trial before we found a "toy" that could reasonably withstand the onslaught of the pup's relentless chompers. Our go-to "toy" of 2012 has been by far the Nylabone Dinosaur Dental Chew. Really, any of the Nylabone products for "powerful chewers" are good, we just happen to find the playful shapes of the Dinosaur Dental Chew line especially appealing (nerds that we are). There are three dinos available: a Brontosaurus, a Stegosaurus, and a T-Rex. There's really no difference between the three as far as flavor or staying power are concerned and Andy has equally enjoyed them all.
The Dino Chews cost around $7.99 a piece at local big-box pet supply stores and generally last anywhere from 1.5 to 2 months. While this may not sound all that long when you consider the fact that Andy has ripped through stuffed toys in a matter of minutes, and most recently, a $17.00 antler chew in a matter of days, spending $7.99 every couple of months really isn't all that bad. I've read complaints online from folks that were disappointed the chew didn't last longer, to which I would say, how hard do you want this thing to be? If it didn't have any give at all your dog's teeth would get cracked! Also, generally speaking, if you give your dog a variety of toys to cycle through they'll all last a little longer.
Andy consistently "plays" with his Nylabone Dino Dental Chew - this includes chomping on it as well as pushing it across the floor like a hockey puck. The shape of the chews, with all their bumps and ridges, allow for ease of hold and chewing. According to the Nylabone website the "gently rounded dental nubs and bristles raised during chewing help clean teeth plus control plaque and tartar build-up" - an added benefit. So far the Dino Chew has been Andy's toy of choice and we're happy to continue buying them for him as they're safe, durable, and keep the pup occupied. One thing to keep in mind with Nylabone products is that they generally come in different sizes and you want to make sure to get a size that is appropriate for your dog. The Dinosaur Dental Chews only come in one size and according to Nylabone are safe for dogs up to 50 lbs.
Nylabone Dinosaur Dental Chew
Available at most big box pet supply stores $7.99 | online starting at $4.99
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