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5 Dangerous Items Dogs Like to Chew

A dog chewing on a dentastix

Dogs have a natural inclination to chew, which helps with dental health and alleviates boredom. 

But chewing the wrong objects can be harmful to your dog, potentially causing fractured teeth, lacerated gums, constipation, or intestinal blockages that may require surgery. 

These conditions are not only uncomfortable and painful but can also lead to substantial vet bills.

Why Do Dogs Chew?

Chewing is a natural behaviour for dogs. They chew for fun, stimulation, and to keep their teeth clean. Chewing can also help to keep dogs jaws and teeth strong - depending on what they are chewing on!

Puppies chew to explore their world and relieve teething pain. Safe chew toys are essential to prevent them from gnawing on harmful objects.

Adult dogs might chew out of boredom or anxiety. Providing appropriate chew toys and correcting inappropriate chewing can help manage this behaviour.

Dangerous Items Dogs Chew

Even though chewing is beneficial, many common items pose serious health risks.

1. Ice

Chewing ice can wear down tooth enamel and cause dental fractures. Additionally, large pieces of ice can be a choking hazard.

2. Sticks and Wood

Sticks can splinter and cause mouth injuries or intestinal blockages if swallowed. It's safer to provide your dog with rubber or nylon chew toys.

3. Rocks

Dogs might be tempted to chew rocks, which can lead to broken teeth and intestinal obstructions if swallowed. Rocks are also a choking hazard.

4. Bones, Hooves, and Antlers

While natural, these items can splinter and cause serious internal injuries. They can also fracture teeth. It's better to choose specially designed dental chews.

5. Water Bottles

Water bottles can be fun for dogs to chew, but they can easily break and cause choking or intestinal blockages. The plastic pieces can also injure gums and teeth.

Safe Chew Toys for Dogs

Choosing the right chew toys is crucial. Look for toys made of durable rubber, nylon, or specially designed dental chews. 

Ensure they are appropriately sized for your dog's breed and chewing strength. Treats like dental sticks and bully sticks can also be safe alternatives. Here are some good recommendations for safe dog chews

1 - Bully Sticks

Bully sticks are highly recommended for their safety and digestibility. They are made from 100% beef pizzle and are a great source of protein. Brands like Natural Farm offer odour-free bully sticks that are made from grass-fed, free-range cattle​.

2 - Dental Chews

Dental chews, such as Greenies, are designed to promote oral health by reducing plaque and tartar buildup. They are available in various sizes to suit different breeds and are made with natural ingredients. 

It's crucial to look for products with the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal, which indicates proven dental benefits.

3 - Yak Chews

Himalayan yak chews are made from yak and cow milk, dried to create a firm, long-lasting chew. While they can be hard, they are intended to be digestible, reducing the risk of gastrointestinal obstructions​​.

Chewing Emergency

If your dog chews something dangerous and exhibits signs of distress, such as choking, vomiting, or unusual behaviour, contact your veterinarian immediately. Quick action can prevent serious health issues.

Ensuring your dog has safe chew toys and monitoring their chewing habits can prevent accidents and promote their well-being. 

As always, if you’re unsure, consult with your veterinarian for the best advice on safe chewing options. Contact our team on 020 8459 4729.


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