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Give a dog a bone: Here are healthy choices for your pup

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Bones and toys make the best gifts for your chew-happy dog.

While indestructible toys and tasty bones have their health benefits and can help prevent shredded shoes, be sure to keep these key considerations in mind before you buy a new toy.

Here are four tips for choosing suitable and safe bones. Scroll further for five recommendations on bone and chew toys to try for your dog.

Boost your dog’s health with a regular chew‌

Take advantage of your dog’s proclivity to chew, and help them gnaw their way to good health.

The act of chewing can relieve puppies’ teething pain and anxiety while improving jaw strength and mental capabilities, all while reducing boredom and unwanted behaviors.

Avoid dangerous ingredients and materials ‌

Not all bones and chew toys are made from grade-A materials. Pay attention to what the chew is made of, and look for BPA-free and non-toxic materials. Be wary of the following:

  • Cooked bones: These easily split and crack, and can cause choking, broken teeth, mouth or internal injuries, blockages, infections, constipation and rectal bleeding.
  • Digestible bones and edibles: When not 100% naturally sourced, rawhides can contain toxic chemicals, which can cause digestive blockages and other health problems. This also applies to other manufactured treats with artificial ingredients.

When choosing digestible bones and edibles for your dog, go with the most naturally made options.

Choose an appropriate size‌

Acknowledge your dog’s size and habits. If your dog is an aggressive chewer, it may be more likely to chomp a chew toy or bone down to a hazardous size, increasing the risk of choking. Make sure the bone is larger than the dog’s muzzle.

Consider long-lasting materials‌

Choosing a durable material is wise, particularly if you have an aggressive chewer. Long-lasting materials vary depending on the type of toy or chew stick, but natural rubber and high-quality woods are good, durable options for your dog to chew on.

Courtney Love is a writer for BestReviews, a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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