Cadet Sterile Natural Bone for Dogs, 7 to 9-Inch, White
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- Size: 7-8 Inch
- Dog chew your dog will love
- Ingredients: Real Shin Bone
- Size: 8-9 inch
- Dog chew your dog will love
- Ingredients: real shin bone
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In addition, I am very particular with their diets (having lived a decade with a dog with food allergies) so I am careful to not give my dogs "digestible" toys which could trigger an allergy.
What I mean by this is that a large, hard sterilized bone will chip off very slowly but the pieces are not digestible. They just pass through undigested and normally do not cause any irritation to the dogs digestive tract. Afterall their canine ancestors, wolves, would gnaw on bones after their dinners... Other types of treats that are made from animal by-products could result in allergic reactions, digestive irritation or diarrhea.
Also, we don't let our dog eat any people food and so we don't buy treats that would smell like or resemble people food.
I really like large sterilized bones as they are tough and my dogs have never had any kind of allergies.
These large bones are about 8 inches long and are heavy duty. My dog was so excited to get this bone and took it straight to his bed to have a good chew. Because it is a bit longer, he was able to easily position it between his paws and dig right in. I have had it for a while now and although it is of their favorites, it hasn't worn down much.
There is only one down side to this particular bone: Because it is a big bone it is heavy so don't let your dog drop it on your foot to retrieve it. My dog dropped it on my big toe and I thought I was going to have to go to the ER! LOL!
This is a good problem to have though because it means it will last. I have heard people say that these large bones are also helpful in scraping off tartar from your dogs teeth. I can't say that I have noticed this. I do brush my dogs' teeth fairly regularly.
At the time I purchased this bone, there were 101 reviews for this bone with an average of 4.2 stars. Like any savvy amazon shopper I did read through quite a few. I did notice that the #1 complaint is that the bone can sometime chip off into scary looking shards. I agree with these reviewers that this is flat out dangerous and could be extremely serious if your dog were to ingest a shard. It could perforate their intestines and result in internal bleeding that could be fatal.
My experience has been that I have ordered bones on amazon a few times. I have received a bone that chipped into sharp pieces once. I understand that this can happen when the bones are very old and dry. Perhaps these sat in a warehouse too long. (To be honest the whole dog bone production process is not something I want to visualize)...
All that being said, I am happy with my purchase, but completely understand the 1 star reviews. Keep a close watch over your dog when you first give them this bone. If this bone starts to chip right away, I'd ask for my money back and try another batch. When they are good quality they are a good chew toy for your dog, but as with everything else with your dog, when you introduce something new to them, they will need some supervision.
I am sure that I will purchase this bone again.
Also, I'll add that if you have a large dog that shreds his toys or is likely to swallow the stuffing or squeaker from a soft toy, this is a great alternative for you.
Buying them toys is pretty much a weekly event and I am particularly partial to those made by companies like Kong, Nylabone, Orbee and a few others. When these sterilized bones showed up in my recommendations I added two to my cart - and regret not doing a bit of research beforehand but then hind sight is always 20/20.
Both Harley and Elvis took to the bones immediately after about 20 minutes or so of chomping away I noticed there were sharp splinters of bone laying on the floor where they were chewing - so I got on the web and did a little digging.
The consensus from virtually every site is that all cooked bones - especially "Sterilized bones" present a significant health hazard.
* According to Dr.Carmela Stamper, D.V.M., of the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the Food and Drug Administration
""Sterilized and any cooked bones are unsafe no matter what their size. Giving your dog a bone may make your pet a candidate for a trip to your veterinarian's office later, possible emergency surgery, or even death."
What is more, the FDA lists the following hazards of giving your dog these kinds of bones:
2)Mouth or tongue injuries
3)Bone could get looped around lower jaw
4)Bone could get stuck in esophagus
5)Bone could get lodged in windpipe
6)Bone could be trapped in stomach
7)Blocked intestine could require surgery
8)Constipation from bone fragments
9)Severe bleeding from rectum
10)Peritonitis -- a bacterial infection of the abdomen
Adding to the potential danger sterilized bones are both heated at extremely high temperatures and treated with a myriad of toxic chemicals including bleach. In reading through the dog forums including such sites as PawNation, about.com and at least a dozen others.
I came across countless stories by consumers and veterinarians alike who shared stories of problems related to these bones that ranged from fractured teeth, lacerated esophagus and intestines, choking and death.
Based on these findings I would urge anyone using these bones to stop immediately and consider safer options to satisfy your beloved dogs desire to chew.