We have had to be very cautious with giving Ray chew toys because not only does he destroy them, but he is also a “gulper” (he does not chew). We had an incident with a “heavy duty” animal bone which he proceeded to break into sharp fragments! We took it away from him before he attempted to swallow a piece!
He also had a nylon bone once but, after we realized that the rough edges that he was creating were lacerating his gums, we took that away from him.
On talking to his vet, she gave us the kneecap rule for dog toys! Take a toy and hit your kneecap with it! If it hurts, then it is too hard to give to your dog. We thought that was probably just a piece of personal advice/preference but then this information, copied from an article** (link at end of Post), came to our attention.
“The fractured tooth is the third most common reason for dogs to be presented to our dentistry and oral surgery practice. When a dog presents with a fractured tooth, I ask owners what the pet has been chewing. Common culprits include actual bones, nylon bones, antlers, cow hooves, rocks and ice cubes.
Fraser Hale, a veterinary dentist in Canada, uses the kneecap rule. He tells pet owners that if a toy or treat looks like something they would not want to get hit in the kneecap with, they should avoid giving it to their dog. Words to live by.”
It would appear that the “kneecap rule” is more common than we initially thought!