Safe Chew Toys For Dogs
February is Pet Dental Health Month - and your friendly, neighborhood pet store knows it. Retailers and marketers have been known to pull out all the stops promoting chew toys as an essential part of canine home dental care. Yet some of these products can cause a dog's teeth to wear down, become abscessed, or break.
When selecting safe chew toys, a good rule of thumb is to literally use your thumb. Press your thumbnail into the toy. If it does not leave an indentation, the toy is too hard for your pet to chew without risk of breaking or wearing down his teeth. That said, a toy needs to be hard enough to prevent small pieces from breaking loose and presenting a choking hazard. Since every pet is different in terms of both dentition and behavior, it's always a good idea to ask your veterinary team for ideas on how to best satisfy your pet's specific chewing needs.