Author: Dogsee Chew
Published in: Feb 20, 2020
Wouldn’t you love to go back to the time before our little ones started chewing the house away? Those peaceful days when you could sit and relax with your puppy without having to put anything delicate or harmful out of their reach. Now, however, your life is a constant struggle of pulling away objects from your pup’s new, stronger teeth.
While some things may be toxic for your dog’s health and others too precious to be prey to their teeth, there are ways to ensure you can make their habit of chewing productive. Coming to puppies as natural behavior, chewing can quickly turn destructive if not paid attention to.
First, let’s have a look at why puppies chew and what comes along with this development in their lives.
From around the age of 4 months your puppy, just like a human baby, starts shedding his milk teeth to develop new adult ones. This causes discomfort and pain, which they often express in the form of chewing. Chewing comes as an instinctive behavior to them due to the tingling feeling in their gums that compels them to have things in their mouth. It not only soothes the pain but also proves to be a fun form of entertainment for them.
Normally, by the time your puppy is 6 months old, their new set of 42 teeth will be ready for action. However, the chewing generally continues in their adolescent age (7 months - 2 years) as a result of the need to channel their energy into something that cures boredom.
Controlling this is essential in order to prevent destructive chewing which not only leads to the physical destruction of objects but also reflects in the personality development of the dog. One of the most effective routes to tackle this problem is getting your puppy dental chews. These not only fulfill the purpose of giving your dog something to chew, but are also great for training your dog.
While you don’t want your puppy to chew every object they see; they, on the other hand just want something to chew on. Dental chews, thus, help create the balance between what your puppy wants and what you want for them. Puppy dental chews can either be edible or non-edible. This leads us to the question - Do puppies actually need both edible and non-edible chews?
From hard chews to crunchy ones, edible puppy dental chews come in a vast variety. There’s a chew out there for every stage, size and breed of dogs. Edible chews, if healthy, not only fulfill the motive of chewing but also bring along additional benefits, making it a win-win scenario for you and your dogs.
They improve teeth and gum health, help keep your pup’s breath fresh and fight plaque (the sticky bacterial deposit on teeth) and tartar (the hard, yellow calcified deposit on teeth). In addition to that, the flavor in them is always a good reason for your little one to fall in love with them.
The alternative to edible puppy treats is non-edible chew toys. It is often thought that chew toys with their firm material and long-lasting life are a good investment. However, though non-toxic chew toys are now prevalent in the market, they still may pose a threat to your furball. With extensive chewing behavior, the components of the chew may break off and be ingested which can cause them to choke or even fall sick. Thus, while your pup chews on their toy, it is recommended to be under strict supervision.
Puppy chew toys come in various materials like rubber, wood, paper, latex, nylon, and even plastic. Materials like nylon and plastic can severely harm your puppy’s health even if ingested in the smallest quantities. Chew toys made of wood are not advisable either since they may have small splinters breaking off that can cause damage to the puppy’s gut and intestines.
Different ages, breeds, and life-stages of dogs demand different chews. No, it is not necessary that they need both edible and non-edible chews. What they need is just the right chew for their current requisite.
At a young age, the requirements of your puppies change quickly. The key to getting them the right chew is reading their behavior. If they seem to be inclined towards choosing cushiony, soft objects, they probably need a chew that is easy on their teeth, while if they go for harder surfaces, a hard chew is preferable.
Though edible chews generally hold a gargantuan advantage over non-edible chews owing to their nutritional value, not all edible chews are good for your pup. It is, thus, important to pick the right edible chew from the sea of options that you have.
One of the most popular edible chews - rawhide bones are actually made from by-products of the fur and leather industry. Even the thought of feeding that to our babies is frightening. Similarly, a common belief is that ice cubes great for teething puppies to chew on. However, though shaved ice or cold water helps numb the pain of teething, ice cubes have been a frequent cause of broken or fractured teeth among dogs due to their extreme hardness. A similar result has been noted as a result of chewing cow hooves.
As a teething puppy, aggressive chewing is natural. It is, thus, essential to pick a chew that has the right balance of what we are looking for - health and sustenance. A great option of treats that fall into this category are ones made from Himalayan cheese.
With an extremely high nutritional value, Himalayan cheese is healthy and flavorful. It is rich in protein and calcium which helps in the growth of your puppy while also strengthening their bones. Dogsee Chew’s range of 100% natural treats are made of Himalayan Cheese and have no additives or preservatives, making them both reliable and healthy.
Dogsee Chew’s hard bars are made by smoke-drying blocks of Himalayan cheese for over 35 days as a result of which they harden and last very long. These treats also have the added benefit of maintaining good oral health and hygiene, while keeping your dog’s breath fresh. They are perfect for intensive chewing. The best part is that they come in various sizes! This means that on the basis of the growth stage of your puppy, you can choose the perfect size of treats for them.
For softer and easier chewing, Dogsee Chew’s Crunchies make great puppy dental chews. Specially made for teething puppies, their softness and crunchiness makes sure the treats are easy on their gums and incoming teeth.
Our puppy’s health and growth are of utmost concern to us. Being parents, we want each stage of our baby’s life to go absolutely perfectly. Keeping them safe, healthy and happy is thus, our main goal. Though sometimes the vast variety of options may be overwhelming, it is important to take a step back and remember that getting the right chew is always better than getting every chew out there.