(Closed) Alternatives to rawhide?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Utopia4us:  Antlers. My parents have a very large pit bull and he’s yet to work through an antler. Though when it gets short, they will have to take it away because he likes to swallow things whole.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’ve done antlers and they work out great. Just toss them out when they are like shanks! LOL Otherwise, they’ll hurt if you step on them by accident. I’m assuming Nylabones are out of the question since he’s quite the chewer?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Utopia4us:  i second antlers!!! They last forever!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I second the antlers- our pitty loves them & has yet to finish one! Another possibility, although more expensive, is bully sticks or bull pizzle… Basically just dried up bull dick… She loves it but can chomp down on it in less than half an hour…. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Agreed.. antlers!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Utopia4us:  Petsmart sells them. I agree with the poster above who said that the dogs also love bully sticks, but they aren’t lasting. They’re more treats than toys. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Oops. Double post.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Antlers are good but can splinter. Some large dogs (From what I’ve seen) have little interest in them and some dogs have powerful jaws that can split them. My black lab nearly bit through one, but after that he had no interest in it and I haven’t bought on since. I joke that my lab has scalpels for teeth because he can obliterate rawhides and toys in no time.

I bought a black Hurley from Westpaw Designs and not only has he not eaten it or obliterated it, he friggin’ loves it. They’re the only toys and chews that he can have because he will absolutely destroy anything else.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think rawhide can be really hard on dog’s digestive systems so I try not to buy them but I definitely used to when my dog was a puppy and loved them.

I got one of these for our small dog and he LOVES it. I haven’t tried it on the big dog yet. Neither of our dogs like kongs, or any of those toys where thye have to play with it to get the treat out. This one is great because they do have to work at it to get the treat but at least they can get their mouths on the treat from the get go. You just buy the little discs and refill

http://www.amazon.com/Premier-Busy-Buddy-Bristle-Medium/dp/B001F0RRT6/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1366761006&sr=8-4&keywords=busy+buddy 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

I feel your pain; our nickname for our dog is “the beaver” because she chews so much.  I agree with the PP’s about antlers.  They’re very durable and my dog loves them.  Most of the big pet stores carry them, but antlers are also kind of expensive.  We also give ours Nylabones and regular cow bones (like this one), which also hold up quite well.  We buy cow bones from a local butcher, and our dog flips out when she gets one.  I’d avoid rawhide if you can – our vet said it can cause health problems in dogs, and ours was having digestive problems until we took away all of her rawhide.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

oh wow I’ve never heard of antlers being used for this before. mine goes through rawhide to quickly too. to the point he’ll throw up acid from his stomach (ew). i usually switch to peanut butter or a toy at that point

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

@Hyperventilate:  Yes, I second West Paw toys!  Our dog loves their tug of war toys.  And I think if the first toy gets destroyed, they will send you a replacement one for free.  But our dog hasn’t been able to destroy them, so we haven’t been able to test the replacement guarantee yet.

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