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Hi! Charlie is now 11 months and still into the chewing thing so I took the advice and gave him rawhide. Chewing and mouthing has decreased tremendously, but now he has diarreah! Any suggestions on the type of rawhide, i.e. flavored, unflavored etc? I am not sure what to do at this point. Don't know which is better to deal with :D Suggestions anyone?
 

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Maybe you want to consider a non-edible chew toy or a natural bone (you can fill the bone with peanut butter or other fillers) if the rawhides don't agree with his stomach?

If he's a really strong chewer, kong makes a gailileo (i know I spelled that wrong) non-edible toy. We just got one for Kirby who is the strong chewer and he hasn't made a dent in it (yet). The standard non-edible nylabones (that are flavored) have also worked great for us.

We had a bad experience with rawhide where Dex overchewed (our fault for giving it too young) and we have stayed away since.
 

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We give Annabelle Nylabones adn she loves them - when we had our vets they said to be very cautious with rawhides - some dogs chew and swallow pieces that are sharp.
Nylabone makes flavored bones and they also make the edible bones
 

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If you dont mind the raw aspect, a cow marrow bones is great (and cheap). Dogs love them, its healthy, no poo problems, and it satisfy's their chewing desire for hours. I think you can get them smoked if raw bothers you.
 
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I try to keep anything smoked or flavored away from Bella as she gets the runs. I do like to give her raw, frozen marrow bones from the supermarket. The marrow can be too rich for some dogs, but you can scoop it out and just give the bone if you want. Try the soup bone section of your refrigerated meat section or ask the butcher. I like the 2 inch size.
 

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Raw marrow bones work well. We buy them at our Ma and Pop pet store...they have them in a small freezer. I put an old sheet down on the floor and Tanner go'es to town on it. I would only let him have it for 10 minutes the first time and gradually increase the time as the marrow is very rich and can cause the runs if they aren't used to it. I put it back in the fridge until the next day.

That said, I never leave him with one...he only gets it when we are around to supervise. :wink: :wink:
 

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the only bone Max and Peanut get are the one Leslie spelled wrong? hahaha ( leslie if i try to spell it Gene will be on me like a fly on poop) :wink:

Max is a power chewer and has split every bone we have tried to date except the nylabones and kongs
 

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we occasionally give kumo a cow's ear rather than rawhide -- they don't disintegrate and get all stuck in his fur like the rawhide did, and they also don't get all smelly and slimy like pig's ears.

our local vet dentist cautioned us about nylabones. he said that the clear, flexible, "gumma" ones are ok, but that he gets many cases of dogs coming in with broken teeth from chewing on the hard nylabones. apparently rubber chew toys give, and natural bones will crack and break -- but the nylabones don't.

fortunately for us, kumo isn't a super-chewer :)

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Thanks for all the great ideas. I got him a nylabone last night to start, Walmart didn't have much to pick from. He likes it for now, we'll see how long he likes it before he gets bored with it. I'm going to try to get to petco today to see whar else they have, I want to try to find the galileo one. I'm not crazy about Petco, the one by us seems a little pricey, but they do have the best selection around.
 

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FYI we totally stopped buying toys at Petsmart or Petco and buy almost exclusively online now to save money. We really like dog.com. If you buy 2 of an item it's considered "bulk" and you'll get an extra discount. It's at least worth checking out.

Good luck :)
 

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Thanks for the idea, I'll check out dog.com when I get a chance. I did get a catalog for petsuppliesdirect.com, and their prices are very reasonable, anybody have experience with them?
 

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Dakota likes rawhides and has had no problem with them, but I know they are not really recommended. Costco now carries large packages of bully sticks so I bought one. Dakota is having a blast with the bully sticks! Now in addition to his ritual "bone dance" he has added an exotic "bully dance"!!! It's hilarious to watch! I'll try to video it sometime!

BTW: Annmarie and Gene have me so paranoid about spelling and grammar that I am spell checking every post that is longer than two sentences AND I keep my Associated Press Stylebook in easy reach . . . sheesh, and I'm a professional writer!! . . . :wink: :roll: :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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How long do the bully sticks last? Charlie can go through a decent sized, knotted, raw hide in a day and a half.
 

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we dont give bully sticks anymore as max would have room clearing SBD's (silent but deadly farts). he also would go thru them quickly.

Diane...its MORE like GENE SUE AND FOODLADY hahhahaaa as remember my spelling at times gives a good laugh , so does Kathie's :wink:
 
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