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Dog Chew Comparison. Choosing the Best Chew Toys for Your Dog

11/09/2016
by Jessica Rollins

By Jess Rollins
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Chewing is very important for your dogs oral and mental health. It keeps his teeth clean, his body exercised and his mind occupied. Having your dog chew on a toy is also important to prevent behavior problems and chewing on inappropriate objects. A dog that has chewed for 30 minutes is busy, contented and more apt to take a nap than steal your wallet! However, everything your dog puts in his or her mouth has a potential for harm. He or she could break a tooth, choke, become allergic, get some sort of infection, have trouble with digestion, and probably more things we haven't even thought of! Despite these risks, we believe that allowing your dog to chew on a variety of objects is a natural behavior that is important for your dog to engage in. In fact, not giving your dog a variety of chews will probably result in your dog finding it's own chews (i.e. your furniture, your shoes, sticks, rocks).

Below are my thoughts about the most popular dog chews meant to help you make an informed decision about what to give your dog to chew on. Please note, that Pet Expertise has chosen to offer the best and safest dog chews that are natural, healthy and long lasting. We hope that you support our small business by purchasing one of these chews from us!

For dogs that love to chew anything, you can go with the less tasty chews but pickier dogs will need to have a tasty chew in order to give it a second sniff.

About "Our Overall Rating" system: The rating is a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most natural, healthy, tasty, safe and long-lasting chew imaginable. Items with a rating under 5 are generally not recommended by Pet Expertise.

Dog Chew Type

Our Overall Rating*

Tastiness
10=Yum!

Chewing Time
Estimations!

Pros

Safety & Cons

Bully Sticks
Bull penises that have been rinsed & dried.

Bully Stick Dog Chew

9 out of 10

7 out of 10

30 Mins or More

Tasty for dogs

Natural

Nutritional value

Non staining

Some are available with low odor

Non greasy

Non staining

Safety Concerns: Choking on the end piece, possible bacterial contamination, chemical treatment. Pet Expertise's bullies are not chemically treated. We recommend that you take the bully stick away when small enough to choke on.

Cons: Some will have an odor.

Himalayan Dog Chew
A very hard cheese chew.

Himalayan Dog Chew

9 out of 10

6 out of 10

30 Mins or More

Yummy!

Natural nutritional value

Non staining

Non greasy

Pleasant smell

Unique

Safety Concerns: Breaking a tooth, choking on a small piece.

Cons: Significant number of calories

Antler Chews
Deer antlers that are cut up.

Dog Antler Chew

9 out of 10

5 out of 10

Weeks or More

Natural

Nutritional value

Non staining

No odor

Unique

Long lasting

Safety Concerns: Breaking a tooth, choking on a small piece, possible bacterial contamination.

Rubber Chew & Puzzle Toys
Rubber dog chews such as Kongs

Kong Chew Dog Treat Dispensing Toy

7 out of 10

3 out of 10 (unless stuffed with food!)

Months or More

Natural rubber

Non staining (unless you put PB inside!)

Durable

Long lasting

Good variety of sizes & strengths

Stuffable

Safety Concerns: Choking on a small piece, indigestibility. Pet Expertise offers blue Kongs & durable Kongs to help prevent the dog swallowing pieces and if pieces do swallowed, the blue Kong will show up on an X-ray.

Cons: Dogs don't much care for them unless you put food inside. Don't really clean teeth much.

The products below are not available from Pet Expertise. If you wish to find them, simply do a Google search for them:

Rawhide

Rawhide

5 out of 10

6 out of 10

30 Mins or More

While compressed will last the longest it is also perhaps more dangerous since the dog will potentially ingest more rawhide. Generally a rolled rawhide chew will last several hours.

Not much if any odor

Readily available in many forms and flavors.

Have been in use for years.

Non staining

Non greasy

Safety Concerns: There are many safety concerns about rawhide which is why we have not added it to our inventory. The concerns are about chemical processing, possible bacterial contamination, choking and indigestibility.

Pig Ears, Pig Skin, Tendons and Other Animal Body Parts

Animal Part Dog Chews

5 out of 10

7 out of 10

Minutes or More

They are best for picky dogs.

Readily available

Safety Concerns: Choking, possible bacterial contamination.

Cons: Can be greasy and high in calories.

Nylon Chews

Nylabone

5 out of 10

4 out of 10

Months or More

Non staining

Readily available

Non greasy

No calories

No odor

Lots of different sizes, flavors and shapes.

Long lasting

Safety Concerns: Breaking a tooth, choking on a small piece. Indigestibility.

Cons: These are not natural and have no nutritional value. However, the bits should pass right through your dog.

Gumabone from Nylabone

Gumabone

4 out of 10

4 out of 10

Months or More

They will not last as long as a nylon bone.

Non staining

Readily available

Non greasy

No calories

No odor

Lots of different sizes, flavors and shapes.

Safety Concerns: choking on a small piece. Indigestibility.

Cons: These are not natural and have no nutritional value. However, the bits should pass right through your dog.

Real Bones

Dog Bone

4 out of 10

4-8 out of 10

30 Mins or More

Bones can really vary in how long they last from less than an hour to months. The sterilized marrow bones are almost indestructible.

Natural

Nutritional value

Safety Concerns: Breaking a tooth, bone splintering and cutting the dog, choking on a small piece, possible bacterial contamination, indigestibility, chemical treatment. Pet Expertise does not recommend feeding bones unless they are raw.

Cons: Bones can also stain and be greasy. Sterile empty marrow bones are not very tasty.

Cow Hooves

Chew Hoof

4 out of 10

5.5 out of 10

Days or Weeks or More

Natural

Nutritional value

Non staining

Non greasy

Readily available

Safety Concerns: Breaking a tooth, Choking (hooves are not very big to begin with), being cut by a sharp piece, possible bacterial contamination.

Cons: They have an unpleasant odor.

Hooves can become sharp and can be a hazard to humans with bare feet!

Corn starch chews

Corn Starch Dog Chew

3 out of 10

5.5 out of 10

30 Mins or More

Non staining

Non greasy

No odor

Lots of different sizes, flavors and shapes.

Digestible

Bumps to help clean teeth

Safety Concerns: Breaking a tooth, choking on a small piece, allergy to corn.

Cons: Corn is not very nutritious for dogs and can be allergenic. There are also other chemicals in the chew that are not very healthy for dogs.

Is there a dog chew that you would like us to review? Contact us!

*About Our Overall Rating System: The rating is a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most natural, healthy, tasty, safe and long lasting chew imaginable. Items with a rating under 5 are not generally recommended by Pet Expertise.

Note, If you wish to find more about any of these products which are not available through Pet Expertise, simply Google the product names.

Related article: What's a Dog to Chew? Dog Chew Toy Tips for Different Types of Dogs

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