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Not All Dog Bones Are Created Equal

Look for sterilized rawhide or individually wrapped bones.

Not All Dog Bones Are Created Equal
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Look for sterilized rawhide or individually wrapped bones. Unlike synthetic bones, they’re tough enough to withstand marathon-chewing sessions, plus they have an abrasive action to help clean teeth. Try C.E.T. HEXtra Premium Rawhide Chews (available at pet food stores). They contain rawhide from organically raised cattle, which is free of antibiotics and further protects your dog from harmful additives.

Bones to pick. Other options include butcher shop bones like a beef knuckle or femur bone. (To avoid a choking hazard, do not give small bones to big dogs.) “Green bones” made from natural materials promote better dental care. Dancing Paws’ Breath-ALicious bones (breathalicious.com) contain sodium tripolyphosphate to scrub away tartar and plaque, and herbs like peppermint and parsley to fight bad breath and improve digestion.

Set a limit. Rawhides and butcher bones are not always easy to digest, and constant gnawing may break a dog’s tooth or cause gum irritation. Limit their bones to a few days per week, or check with your veterinarian to determine a safe weekly amount.