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      Yak chews

      Do you all like these? They seem good, but am wondering if they might break teeth. I know my breeder said not to use the antlers.

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      They are basically boiled then dried yak and cow milk. I can't imagine they are harder than a nylabone.

      I'm probably the one person that says give the dog a REAL bone. In all the years and all the dogs, I've only had one slab fracture where a tooth had to come out. And we never had to do a dental ever. I'm OK with the risk of them chewing hard bones or antlers (though mine don't like antlers...we have a small useless pile).

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      The Yak chews are just Yak milk, they are pretty firm but won't break teeth.

      No hard Nylabones or cow femurs here, although I do feed raw turkey necks and beef tracheas as after nail dremeling treats

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      I've used these All Natural, Long Lasting, Organic Himalayan Dog Chews | Lean Treats for Dogs

      They held up pretty good until Brooks was about 4 months old. He pretty much would just destroy them in about 15 minutes. Definitely not a cost effective chew.

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      I've given my dogs one of those. Like those no-hides, for an adult dog they don't necessarily last a long time. Both Chase and Lark didn't spend a whole lot of time chewing before they needed to be taken away. When they get worn down too small you can put them in the microwave and give them a zap, which makes them puff up kind of like a a big Cheeto. So, while Diggity is little they might hold him for a while. I'm less worried about baby teeth, since they're going to lose them anyway, but I've become more careful once their adult teeth come in.

      Our older guy, Chase, not only got a slab fracture on one carnassial tooth but cracked another side to side that needed to be pulled. I let him chew knuckle bones, sterilized Red Barn Bones, hard Nylabones. I don't know what caused the fracture. The dental vet suggested not giving anything I cannot bend by hand including no raw bones like turkey necks or other raw bones, no hard Nylabones. But Lark hasn't had knuckle bones or weight bearing bones or turkey necks or other raw bones and has a small slab fracture on one carnassial tooth also. I can't begin to think what caused that. If they don't get bones, they'll chew on sticks, so it can be hard to figure out something that's safe and long lasting.

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      Thanks for all the feedback. I am going to try a yak chew and see how it works out. I am trying all kinds of things because he is a major chew hound now in his puppy stage and is chewing things that I know aren't good for him (rocks, acorns, sticks, chair cushions, deck rails, etc. etc.)

      On that note, I used to feed Sprocket raw knuckle bones and it really helped to keep her teeth clean. I also brushed them every night, but she'd get a bone about once every week or two as well. I didn't start her out on raw bones until she was an adult, though. When do you think it is okay to give Diggity a raw bone? Wondering if puppy systems need more time to be able to handle raw?

      And second question on that topic, knuckle or marrow?

      Thanks!

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      Quote Originally Posted by barry581 View Post
      I've used these All Natural, Long Lasting, Organic Himalayan Dog Chews | Lean Treats for Dogs

      They held up pretty good until Brooks was about 4 months old. He pretty much would just destroy them in about 15 minutes. Definitely not a cost effective chew.
      Those look good, thanks!

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      Quote Originally Posted by JenC View Post
      They are basically boiled then dried yak and cow milk. I can't imagine they are harder than a nylabone.

      I'm probably the one person that says give the dog a REAL bone. In all the years and all the dogs, I've only had one slab fracture where a tooth had to come out. And we never had to do a dental ever. I'm OK with the risk of them chewing hard bones or antlers (though mine don't like antlers...we have a small useless pile).
      Diggity has two antlers that he is only slightly interested in. I guess those are a hit or miss.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Shelley View Post
      The Yak chews are just Yak milk, they are pretty firm but won't break teeth.

      No hard Nylabones or cow femurs here, although I do feed raw turkey necks and beef tracheas as after nail dremeling treats
      Diggity is not the least bit interested in the nylabones I have gotten him. I have several kinds, shapes, sizes and he might do one or two chews when I put it in his mouth, but that's it.

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      Couple tips

      Yak Chews, when they get small and you get worried its too small. Put it in the microwave and watch closely they blow up like a balloon. However the do not shrink back down. Let it cool though before giving back to Diggity.

      Antlers What I find hit or miss is dong really love the inside marrow part. So antlers cut in half might be better for Diggity. Another thing you can do is they hollow out the ends, again after the inside parts. Push and shove some peanut butter down in there. I did this just last night as I needed some peace and quiet to work on something, kept Hemi busy for an hour. That antler was the first thing he looked for found and went at again this morning after he had breakfast.

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