Do Dog Chews Ruin A Dog's Teeth?

Do Dog Chews Ruin A Dog's Teeth?

As dog lovers, we're always on the lookout for dangers our pets might face. That is why we take them to the vet, pet them, bathe them and brush their teeth. Because they can't do all these things by themselves, they rely on us to keep them safe and healthy. 

When it comes to choosing the best dog chews, many concerns have been raised. Rawhide for example is under constant criticism. But is this problem universal with chews and are our dogs safe from dental injuries while chewing on their toys?

In this post, we will be answering these questions and recommending safe practices that help dog owners take better care of their pets. 

Are Dog Chews Safe?

Dogs are born with a natural desire to chew. It is one way through which they learn about the world around them. Chewing helps dogs accomplish a lot. Pups chew to relieve pain and learn to control, as they grow older, their mouth becomes a key tool in defense/attack and they chew to maintain strong jaws and clean teeth.

While chewing may be fun and stress relieving, there are certain concerns that accompany chewing. As with everything else, there are disadvantages to using certain types of chews and chew toys. This is why everyone needs to understand their dogs, and use the experience to pick the right chews for their pets. 

There are some types of chews that are best avoided if you want to keep your dog safe and lessen the potential dangers gods face. Depending on the kind of chews you give your dog, there is the likelihood that some dog chews can ruin not just a dog's teeth but also its mouth and internal organs. Every dog is special and bad experiences can change a dog forever. As owners, it is your responsibility to protect your dog in every way possible. 

Dog Chews That Can Ruin A Dog's Teeth

Remember, different strokes for different dogs. As dog lovers ourselves, we understand the varying needs of dogs and acknowledge the fact that not all dogs share the same difficulties with chews. This is evident in the variety of antler chews we produce. Nevertheless, here are the primary safety factors to consider when choosing dog chews:

  • Hardness: If the chew is harder than the teeth, there's the likelihood that it causes tooth injuries
  • Choking hazard: there is a risk of chews or chunks of a chew getting stuck in the esophagus and unable to move to the stomach or intestines. 
  • Risk in the stomach or intestine (gastrointestinal tract): the risk of indigestible parts of a chew being swallowed. 

As professionals, we cannot overemphasize the importance of selecting a healthy and suitable chew for your dog. Cracked teeth and digestive obstructions are all too common for something that appears as innocent as a chew toy. 

Generally, we recommend you give your dogs only Grade A chews as they are safer and healthier. Hard plastic chews are highly discouraged because they have little to no benefits, lead to tooth fractures, and are made of indigestible materials. 

Rawhide is another type of chew we don't feel very comfortable recommending. Although they hardly pose a challenge to dogs' teeth, bits of rawhide can get lodged in the windpipe, stomach, or intestines of dogs causing a choking or digestive obstruction.