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Study ~ Tooth Fractures Caused by Antlers and other Hard Chews

Hello Doodle Friends - A member in my IW group posted this article about rising concerns with tooth fracture caused by hard chews--particularly antlers. Some of you may recall my personal, and very expensive, experience with Gracie's broken lower molar which was caused by chewing on an antler.

I think this article is worth a read. The links on the page also provide some interesting information and at the bottom of the page there is a link for "guide to safe toys" I read about tennis ball abrasion on that page, which is something I had never heard before. Neither of my pups have a tennis ball obsession, but I've known many a pup who could think of nothing else! Good to know what to watch out for.

Best regards to all of you!

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Comment by Debbie & Trixie on March 8, 2016 at 9:20am

Thanks for the info, CJ...I have a regular monthly order from and the situation is the same there.  The Hextra are "temporarily out of stock", but the Enzymatic are available.  I'll give those a try and await the others.  All the dogs must love the Hextra if they are so hard to find!! :)  I have the same USA rule, but I would do darned near anything to please my doodle...the proverbial rock and hard place!  Trixie thanks you for your complement!  She indulges me by being willing to pose for treats, but she would much rather be out rolling in the mud in true tomboy fashion! :D

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on March 8, 2016 at 7:32am

I'm with you Debbie! Just one more FYI - There are two varieties. One is "Hextra Premium" and the other is "Enzymatic Oral Hygiene." Our vet recommended Hextra and from reviews, it seems they are the better chews (thicker; longer lasting), but they have been on back-order for over a month now. They were running a special on all dental chews, so I went for the Enzymatic, which seem to be a close second best. Also, these are made in Mexico, which violates my USA only rule :p but I am so determined to accommodate Gracie's love of chewing and it seems that many vets do recommend these, so I bent my rule.

BTW - Trixie is the best dressed doodle we know. She's a doodle diva!

Comment by Debbie & Trixie on March 7, 2016 at 7:21pm

Thanks!  I'll check Dr. F & S's site.  I wouldn't mind expensive if I could find something that she liked that was both healthy and safe!

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on March 7, 2016 at 5:58pm

Just a warning. They are pricey Debbie. To save you some search time, I found the best price by far is on Dr. Foster and Smith.

Comment by Debbie & Trixie on March 7, 2016 at 8:31am

Thanks, CJ!  I'll give them a try!  Always looking for something that my girl will enjoy (even though her FATHER points out that she is a TAD spoiled!) :)  

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on March 7, 2016 at 8:25am

You are right Debbie, I had expected more than "Safestix" however they do say that if you can't bend it or indent it with your fingernail it's too hard--which is a good overall guide. Maybe they didn't want to inadvertently endorse any particular companies?? I mentioned Virbac C.E.T. chews on here a short while ago. They were recommended by my dental vet. There are two types--Enzymatic and Premium. The premiums are on back-order so I bought some of the enzymatic chews. They are very much like rawhides only my observation is that they dissolve and break up a  little more quickly. The dogs make a terrible mess when I give them one. Just like rawhides, however, they need supervision. I keep the pups in the room with me so I can watch for when they get down to a small swallowable size. At that point, I take them away and toss them. They love them and they are quite stubborn when it comes time to take one away. Quinn clamps his massive vice-like jaws and Gracie tries to run away!

Comment by Debbie & Trixie on March 7, 2016 at 8:10am

Ummm..did anyone else find that there wasn't much in the way of guidance in the "guide to safe toys"?  Maybe I just missed something?  I had read about the danger of antlers before and don't buy them, but hadn't read that tennis balls are a problem.  Fortunately, Trixie isn't much interested in them!  Thanks for the post!!

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on March 6, 2016 at 7:12pm

Scary stuff.  So the hard nylabones my dogs love are no good either...  Oh my!  Thanks for the warning!

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on March 6, 2016 at 10:41am

Thanks for this info!  The "guide to safe toys" was very interesting (and scary).  I have heard about the tennis ball abrasion before. Chuckit does make the Ultra Ball (without felt). 

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