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Q&A: Dog Destroys Chew Toys

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All dogs love toys!

But what happens when your dog is a very good chewer and is constantly going through toys.

TeddyHilton.com reader, Tori, asked Dr. Patrick Mahaney:

I recently adopted a pit mix from the humane society and she destroys her toys. I was wondering if there was a brand of dog toys that would be good for an above average chewer?

-Tori

Dr. Patrick responded:

Hello Tori,

Thank you for your question. Like you, many dog owners seek the best option for a chew toy to pacify their eager pooch.

If you are looking for a toy that is not ingested but provides hours of virtually indestructible entertainment, I'd consider a Kong .

The Kong is like a hollow, rubber bell. It can be entertaining as is or filled with delicious substances to provide hours of amusement.

For my clients, I recommend filling a Kong with healthy, whole food based treats (lacking meat and protein "meal", by-products, artificial colors/flavors/etc), then capping the open end with natural peanut butter. This canine cocktail is the put into the freezer, then offered at a time when your absence must be pacified by an amusing and interest-keeping object.

Alternatively, you can use a twisted rope toy that is size appropriate for your pit mix. The rope can even have a "flossing" effect to remove debris from in between teeth. Just make sure to trim off any loose ends that could be ingested or remove the toy if she seems to be overly successful at destroying it.

Good luck with these (and other) toy choices.

Dr Patrick Mahaney
www.PatrickMahaney.com
@PatrickMahaney

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