Why You Should Consider Chew Toys for Your Furry Friend

Why You Should Consider Chew Toys for Your Furry Friend

Koda loved to chew, and it didn’t matter what it was. She even gnawed the mud flaps off our car when she was in the garage. Next, she started in on the sheetrock in the same garage. Hunger? Boredom? Don’t know, but chew toys and bones became an economic necessity.

I used to purchase substantial, meaty dog bones from the butcher to satisfy her chewing desires. Great, except she buried the bones under prize rose brushes and dug up baby trees to hide her bounty. Instinct? Probably. Koda was a 130 lb. Alaskan Malamute and thought she had to cure her food.

We purchased inedible dog chews, like Nylabones, but she chewed right through them. I guess she ate them. We never had problems, but it was scary. Koda passed away when she was ten years old. I have wondered if it was from the dog chews that caused digestive problems. Probably not, but I need to blame something for my loss.

Dogs love to chew. Chewing is their way of exploring their world, alleviating teeth pain or discomfort, cleaning their teeth, strengthening their jaws, and combating boredom. The question is, what do you want to give your dog to chew? If you don’t provide them with something, they will find their own chew toy, and it probably won’t be a chew toy you want them to have.

Ingredients in Nylabones

Nylabones have been making non-edible chew toys, edible chews, and dental solutions for dogs since 1955. The company is family founded, veterinarian recommended and designed to strengthen the bond between pets and people.

The company makes several types of chew toys, but the most popular are the ones that come in various shapes and sizes and made of rubber, nylon or plastic. These are definitely not edible, and if your dog accidentally breaks off part of a non-edible Nylabones, they can have serious digestive problems.

Nylabones’ edible chews come in different flavors. With trial and error, you can choose the chew your dog prefers. The ingredients in chewable Nylabones include different flavorings, proteins, and starches – like most dog treats. Each package label list the ingredients, guaranteed analysis, and safety procedures.

Nylabones edible chews are excellent and made with high-quality ingredients, but they may not be the best treats for your dog. If you are looking for the best edible dog chews on the market, veterinarians suggest you choose dog treats made with USDA certified ingredients.

You might want to look up recipes on dog sites and make your own dog treats. Making your treats will ensure you know what ingredients are in the dog chews.

I always purchased the most expensive dog chews for Koda. I thought price meant quality and she was worth every penny.

Is Nylabones Safe for Your Furry Friend?

The idea of chew toys for dogs is undoubtedly a great idea, and Nylabones are high quality made and tested. Dog chews do help by:

• Relieving boredom and anxiety in dogs,
• Preventing dogs from chewing up shoes, plants, mud flaps on care, or furniture (or stuffed animals),
• Satisfying a dog’s need to chew,
• Providing mental stimulation,
• Chew are great for helping with weight management.

For the most part, dog chews, both edible and non-edible, are safe for dogs. There are recommendations from the Nylabones company you should follow, however, to ensure your dog stays safe. First and foremost, pick the right size of dog chew.

• Look for a chew toy that matches your furry friend’s chewing habits.
• Choosing the right size means choosing a chew toy that isn’t easy to swallow.
• Examine the dog chew and consider the hardness, texture, and how easy it is to destroy. Sometimes this doesn’t matter – wolf doggies can break through just about anything!

Think of it this way, a dog that is 50+ lbs. needs a super-size chew, while a doggie that is only 15 lbs. needs something that is small or even petite. You wouldn’t want to give your 130 lb. Malamute a dog chew designed for a Chihuahua!

Edible dog chews may seem safer, but if your dog has a sensitive stomach, you might want to reconsider edible toys. Edible dog chews from Nylabones seem healthy for your pet; they have no added plastic so that they can be digested. There is no added salt, sugar, or color additives or preservatives in Nylabones ’edible dog chews. The first ingredient in Nylabones’ dog chews, however, are beef byproducts. You be the judge on whether or other these are healthy for your dog.

Is Nylabones Safe for Puppies?

When considering a chew toy for your puppy, the same rules you use for larger dogs works for puppies. Choose the right size. You don’t want to give your puppy small Nylabones that could be easily swallowed.

There are scary stories about puppies rushed to the vet with vomiting and blockages. X-rays have revealed pieces of Nylabones lodged in their intestines and surgery is necessary. Again, if you choose a larger size, you shouldn’t have this type of problem.

Edible chews for puppies have the same problems as edible chews for large dogs, plus there is an allergy factor. Many edible dog chews, including Nylabones, have wheat by-products or other grains as part of their ingredients. Dogs, and particularly puppies, have sensitive or underdeveloped digestive systems and wheat products may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and allergy problems like hair loss or open sores.


Dog chewing is a natural behavior. It is a dog’s way of exploring their world. Dogs and puppies use their mouths like we use our hands. They chew to explore, to clean their teeth, and to relieve boredom. If you need to keep your dog from chewing up your expensive running shoes, then purchase high-quality dog chews. Nylabones are great if you follow the rule: “choose the right size chew toy.”

On the other hand, relieve your dog’s boredom by playing a game of fetch, or even go for a walk. All your dog really wants is your love and attention.