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My dogs have had their nylabone for around a year now & though they got plenty of use out of it for the first few weeks they soon lost interest and much prefer their kong or a real bone.
A nylabone is basically a sturdy piece of plastic which is shaped like a bone. The manufacturers claim that the chew is 'a unique therapeutic device' and they state on their website that the chew satisfies a dogs' chewing instinct. The chew helps keep dogs entertained and it also helps keep their teeth and gums clean. There are a few different shapes and sizes available and we have the original dura chew which is the classic design and the least bulky.
Nylabones are very widely available. I got ours from Pets at Home after the sales assistant recommended it after I told her about my yellow labrador who suffers with seperation anxiety and chews on the table legs and kitchen units whenever there's no one home. I thought that this was worth a try and I paid around £8.00 which is a reasonable price considering the durability.
I didn't realise when I purchased ours that there were flavoured versions available and ours is totally scentless and I assume that it doesn't taste of anything either seeing as ours is the classic. The flavours available are all meaty, for example bacon and chicken.
We have the wolf size nylabone which is the largest available size. It is seven inches long and best suited to large dogs. It states on the Amazon page that it should be given to dogs that weigh a maximum of 23 kilograms. Other sizes available are large medium and small. There's also a puppy version available.
While my labradors aren't too much heavier than the recommended size for the wolf sized nylabone, my husky is enormous and at around 30kg he is well over the size guidelines - plus he is an extremely strong chewer, as are my other dogs. Despite this though it is still in one piece and although there are a few teeth marks it is in great condition! I have seen reviews on Amazon etc that say that their dog has managed to chew apart the nylabone, which seems odd to me seeing as my husky who is a very strong chewer and my labs and jack russell who also have strong jaws & very sharp teeth didn't manage to even make a dent in it (minus a few very minor, almost unnoticeable teeth marks) - the quality is impressive in my opinion!
My dogs very rarely play with this any more but when we first got it they loved it, especially my yellow labrador who has a bit of an obsession with carrying things around in her mouth. The chew got a lot of use and all of my dogs had plenty of fun chewing on it and playing with it. I like that it's sturdy but quite soft (it's like a hard rubbery meterial if that makes sense) meaning that when the dogs dropped it it didn't bang too loudly on the wooden floor like a real bone would.
The chew was easy for all of my dogs to grasp with their paws while chewing it and lightweight enough for them to carry around too. They never fought over it but if you have a food posessive dog or a dog that guards bones etc this obviously wouldn't be an ideal toy. After a few weeks of buying this I noticed that it hardly ever came out of the bag that we keep their toys in and instead they would get their kong out or a real bone - I think that they prefer the harder texture of a real bone and with real bones they are able to break bits off and eat them which gives them the incentive to keep chewing.
Overall I do recommend this chew as it is durable and reasonably priced, it's just a shame that my dogs lost interest after a reasonably short amount of time. Four out five stars.
Nylabone, a division of the (US) TFH Corporation, claims to be 'the leader in responsible animal care for over 50 years'. They have a wide range of products that vary quite considerably in design and suitability, including their non-edible chews for dogs. It's vital to choose carefully and take great care introducing these to your pet.
One size definitely doesn't suit all, and no range is perfect, however comprehensive. There have been plenty of commendations and favourable reviews of Nylabone versions - and some distinctly less so. The manufacturer does identify items for specific sizes and types of dog - but our recent experience suggests their key recommendation is the one to heed, whichever you decide to try:
'Remember to supervise the use of these items'!
This brief review concerns Nylabone 'Durable' chews, which are said to 'satisfy the chewing needs of even the strongest chewers'. They are also claimed to massage the gums and help clean teeth while providing 'hours of chewing fun' ...
We've tried several versions with our Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross - a fairly strong chewer - with varying results. Briefly, the original straightforward nylon bone-shaped chew seems to have stood the test of time; unfortunately, the same can't be said of the somewhat fancier 'Bar-B-Chew Cob Bone'.
With the benefit of hindsight, we might have paid closer attention to the 'dual texture' nature of this item - with its bacon flavoured softer yellow 'cobs' at each end of the more durable middle section. These proved just too tempting and the dog made short work of them. Within a few minutes bits were coming off ... and for safety reasons the toy really had to go!
Just as well we'd got this at half price in a closing down sale. If we'd paid the full ticket price of £15.25 this would have been an even bigger disappointment, not least for the poor dog, now deprived of her exciting new toy. To be fair, the accompanying leaflet does cover replacement procedures, amongst other things.
Brief guidelines are provided along with these products, advising close supervision and regular inspection for damage. Further information can be found on the manufacturer's website - see link below.
Although Nylabone products are described as non-toxic, the guidelines do clearly state that 'they are NOT intended for consumption. During normal chewing [...] if [...] tiny pieces [...] are ingested, they should pass through'. But there is a safety warning if larger pieces are found to be broken off. This is what we soon found with the soft ends of the Cob Bone - so it had to go!
There is a further instruction that, if you think your dog swallowed a piece larger than a quarter of an inch, to take it away and seek advice from your vet. Fortunately this didn't seem to be the case with any of these products, at least in our experience!
~~Price and availability~~
Nylabone products are well established and widely available from high street pet stores and from Amazon. Current prices start at around £5-£10, depending on version. Various sizes and strengths are available for different types of dog. Best compare prices locally and online as these can vary considerably.
* Attractive to dogs
* Better than chewing the furniture!
* May benefit teeth and gums
* Nothing is indestructible!
* Potentially harmful
* Close supervision and regular attention required
Quite good value for money as long as you choose the right one for durability.
Select carefully and supervise closely if you are tempted to buy one of these, even on special offer.
Manufacturer's website : www.nylabone.com
[© SteveS001, 2011. A version of this original review may be found on other review sites]
I just purchased 'keep em occupied' to keep my dog occupied and I am very disapponted. The treat either goes into the holder or comes all the way out. What kind of fun is this for a dog. For my dog, an American Eskimo, less than one minute fun with medium size product. Disappointed, yes, in fact more than disappointed
I have a 1 year old very active and naughty Lab x Lurcher who loves to chew things. I hadn't researched this product before I bought it but thought it sounded durable and tasty enough to keep my Milly entertained.
What is a nylabone?
Nylabones afre a bone shaped toy made from pure virgin Nylon. This makes them durable and strong and safe for dogs to chew on. They have a flavoured inner core which attracts the dog and keeps them interested.
Size and Price
I bought mine from www.vetuk.co.uk and they come in the below sizes;
The chew test
When I first gave this toy to Milly she was very intrigued and played with it immediately. She chewed sway but after half and hour got bored and moved on to another toy.
This isn't her favourite toy and the inner flavour isn't as tempting as i'd like it to be. She mainly shows interest in this when we have other dogs visiting us however she does chew it now and again.
I wasn't overly impressed with his bone as a dog toy. Yes it is durable, maybe too durable and thats what made Milly get bored of it.I think a stronger thicker flavour throughout the middle may make it more appealing, but this certainly does not entertain her for long or prevent her chewing my shoes!
For starters, you should always supervise your dogs when chewing any toy.
We have had dogs all our lives, and have let all of then chew/play with nylabones of different sorts, if it was one of the blue dentel chews, then I have NEVER seen any SHARP shards from them, the solid ones that state NOT EDIBLE, do get sharp edges, then it's up to you as a responsible pet owner to dispose of ANY toy that becomes sharp or shardy. I my experience nylabone if you choose the correct bone/toy for you particular dog, are a great product, others that contain arsnic and become swollen once digested are much more dangerous!! So to totaly dismiss a product becouse you had a bad experience, whist not totaly supervising your dog is the wrong thing to do, I suggest you do your homework in the future, and supervise your dogs better when purchasing ANY new product. What we do as responsable ownwers is to INTERACT whith them, not just buy a toy to keep them amused, hide the toy and get them to find it, if you actually interact and play with your dogs then you will have a happy and fullfilled dog. DONT just dlame the product.
I have three Yorkshire Terriers, 9, 5 and 2 yrs. They have chewed on Nylabones since their puppyhood, no trouble, they love them, the vet is VERY impressed with their teeth and gums! I would most certainly recommend them. They love all flavours, but chocolate seems to be a favourite! I think I'll try bacon next time.
I just want to put in my 2 cents regarding Nylabone. Our experience just costs us several thousand dollars and much heartache. Our 15 month old golden retriever began throwing up early in January. After 3 days in the care of our vet, she was taken to an emergency vet facility. After many x-rays, ultrasound, ct-scans..they were not able to find out why she was vomiting, and not eating. After 8 days of anorexia, it was determined that they needed to open her up and see what the problem was. The morning of her scheduled surgery, after a night of extreme vomiting, the end of a Nylabone (the knuckle) was found in her vomit. However, since her vomiting didn't stop, the surgery was performed, and the doctor found another Nylabone knuckle in her large intestine, this one from a puppy Nylabone that she must have had in there for months. After 12 days of care, 40 staples in her tummy, and I'm sure much pain and discomfort, we were able to bring her home. That was less than a month ago, so this is still very fresh in our minds. We have always had dogs, and we always considered Nylabone to be a safe choice. We are not so naive now. Nothing is gauraunteed safe. The nylon does not show up in an x-ray, and the barium used in the other tests completely covers the nylon, making it invisible. It is indigestible, and can remain in the digestive tract for a long time before it causes trouble. I won't go so far as to tell anyone never to buy Nylabones. (We personally won't buy the bones anymore.) What I would say is supervise your dog with this product, with any product. Some dogs might be alright with them. Obviously not ours.
I recently bought a nylabone for my golden retriever for a treat, i had heard nothing but good things. biggest mistake ever!!he ate the entire thing.... its plastic.. he cannot digest it. he has been puking for 2 days now and everytime i clean it up i'm getting pieces of the bone.needless to say please for the sake of you and your pooch do not buy nylabones! save yourself the headache.
Hi, I've just read on your site my first ever negative comment about Nylabone. Sadly my 17 yr. old Jack Russell died earlier this year, and he had enjoyed many Nylabones throught his life.
We are getting a new puppy (Jack Russell) this week, and in collecting bits a bobs for him, we have once again bought some Nylabones (puppy ones).
What I do not understand about the nagative review I read about the dog with the scratched throat, anti-biotics from the vet etc. is that the writer did not mention taking the matter up with Nylabone? Somewhat strange.........
Max may only be a West Highland Terrier but he is rather strong when it comes to chewing up his new (usually quite expensive) dog toys.. so next time I was in town I stopped by the local pet shop in hope of finding a toy tough enough to last more than a day or so. I'd heard good things about the Nylabone toys so I decieded to purchase one, they are rock hard bone shaped plastic chew toys which look most uncomfortable to chew, but are flavoured to appeal to dogs. I brought the Regular sized bacon flavoured bone, which cost £2.99. Other sizes are also available, as is a chicken flavoured one.
Back at home I took the Nylabone from its pack and presented it to an eager Max wagging his tail frantically by my feet. At first he didn't seem to know what he was supposed to do with it, there was a lot of sniffing and licking at the Nylabone before he decieded he was going to pick it up. When he finally did take hold of it, he still wasn't sure what to do and carried it around the house for a further fifteen minutes or so before returning back to his bed in the lounge. Eventually, after more licking and sniffing, he started to have a chew on it. He was chewing this rock solid bit of plastic for over an hour before he gave up, and came to me with a dissapointed look on his face as if to say ''Mum, why can't I kill it?''. However he kept going back for more and it was several weeks before the Nylabone started to show any signs of damage, but even then there was only a few teeth marks. Its now been about 5 months since I first brought a Nylabone for Max, he now on his second one as he did finally managed to chew pieces off the first one. But at only £2.99 its the kind of toy I don't mind replacing every few months. Aswell as keeping him occupied, all that chewing must be good for his teeth. Personally, I still don't see what is so appealing about this toy, it must be like chewing on a stone, but Max likes it and thats all that matters. You should bear in mind that Nylabones aren't suitable as a 'fetch' toy, you could seriously knock someone out with one of these things!
The normal Nylabones are designed for adult dogs and would probally brake a puppies brittle teeth if they were given one, there is a special Puppy Nylabone available which is softer and more gentle on the teeth and gums. These cost £2.49 for the Regular size.
Nylabone is dangerous and I won?t have one of these so called ?toys? in my house again! Do you think I?m over-exaggerating? After all, I?ll bet you?ve read other reviews of this product absolutely singing the praises of Nylabone? But you certainly won?t get that from me. OK, going back to the beginning, I am lucky enough to share my life with two furry little girls that go by the names of Skittle and Mokee. Skittle is a seven year old border collie, and Mokee is a five year old Collie Cross. They?re both the most gorgeous and wonderful dogs in the world (of course) and, as I believe myself to be a responsible dog owner, I like to make sure that they?ve got everything that they could ever, possibly need (though I do draw the line at little doggy coats, they are already covered in fur, after all!) In my quest to find the perfect chewing toy for the two of them I had already tried presenting them with several expensive canine toys that were supposed to be especially designed for aggressive chewers. The result? Well, not good! Especially one spike covered bone type toy from Sainsbury?s that only lasted two minutes of Skittles administrations (though top marks to Sainsbury?s, who gave me my money back instantly when I returned the mangled remains to the shop half an hour after buying the thing!) I?d heard good things about Nylabone, both on opinion sites and on TV programmes, so decided to give it a go. Nylabone is available in various sizes, from a tiny bone for very small dogs, right up to something that looks like it came out of the leg of a dinosaur for your Wolfhound or St Bernard! It is readily available in most good pet shops, although as you?re probably aware I wouldn?t recommend that you purchase one. However, I had selected the Collie sized bone, and
73;?ll admit I baulked a bit at the price. At very nearly a tenner this was certainly one of the more expensive toys I?d ever bought for the dogs, but as you?ve probab ly guessed already I?m one of those sad people who believe that nothing is too good for my dogs, so I splashed out on the Nylabone anyway. I so, so wish I hadn?t? Taking it home and presenting it to Skittle (who, as top dog, insists on being first to try her teeth on any new toy that enters her domain) I was, at first, pleased with the Nylabone. Skittle immediately set to, and a good half an hour later the Nylabone, although looking a tiny bit chewed at the edges, was practically as good as new. I was impressed, but soon returned my attention to the television. That was when I discovered the first problem with Nylabone? Although the bone I had selected for Skittle and Mokee was relatively large and designed for chewing, not playing fetch with, Skittle didn?t know this. In the mood for a game, and unnoticed by me, she?d picked up the Nylabone and carried it over to me, to deposit it on my foot in time honoured ?play with me, mummy? fashion. Only problem is, the Nylabone is extremely solid and heavy, and it felt like she?d just dropped a house brick on my toes? After the cursing and swearing had subsided, I removed the Nylabone, replacing it with a nice, soft tennis ball for a game of fetch. I was quite surprised, though, when picking up the Nylabone, that after only half an hour or so of really intense chewing the ends were already beginning to form into tiny razor-sharp spikes that the makers of Nylabone claim with help to keep your dogs teeth clean. I was concerned that the dogs might hurt themselves on these spikes, but decided to place my trust in Nylabone, and gave it back to the two of them. Big BIG mistake. Ov er the next couple of weeks the Nylabone went ignored for much of the time, although one or the other of the dogs would, occasionally, hunt it out for a really good chew. Yes, I?ll be the first to admit that when it came to a need to chew, this is the first toy that Skittle and Mokee went for every time. However, persona lly I soon began to detest the Nylabone, as I was forever scratching my ankles on the sharp edges, which was surprisingly painful! I was also concerned that occasionally, as they chewed the Nylabone, my dogs would launch into a tremendous coughing fit as one of the tiny, sharp pieces of Nylabone broke off, and was swallowed. The makers of Nylabone claim that these tiny shards are harmlessly swallowed by your dog, but I?m here to tell you that they?re not harmless at all, far from it, in fact. A month or so after the introduction of the Nylabone, I couldn?t help but notice that Mokee had developed REALLY stinky breath. Now, I?m very careful what I feed my dogs on, and I also give them plenty of Denta-Stix and similar dental health chews to ensure that there teeth and gums remain in perfect condition. As a result of this neither of them had ever suffered from halitosis before. I was concerned, and as Mokee was due for a booster vaccination anyway, I took her in to the Vet and asked her to check out Mokee?s bad breath in case there was a serious problem. What she found both shocked and upset me. You see, it appears that the Nylabone I?d bought for my dogs to exercise their jaws and teeth on, had actually injured Mokee. Holding Mokee?s jaws open the vet was able to show me a livid, red scratch mark, all the way down the back of Mokee?s throat. This scratch had, according to the vet, become infected, which was causing the terrible smell.
7;okee must have had a r eally sore throat, and I?d had no idea. I felt terrible. The vet asked if I allowed my dogs to play with sticks, but I assured her that I don?t, and explained that the only new toy they?d had recently was the Nylabone. Smiling a rueful little smile, the Vet asked me if I?d noticed any coughing when Mokee was chewing the toy. Of course I had, so she then explained that the Nylabone was the most likely culprit, that the sharp shards from the chewed ends could quite easily have caused Mokee?s scratch, a nd subsequent discomfort. Needless to say, as soon as I returned home with my poorly dog and a bottle of antibiotics (also £40 out of pocket in Vet?s bills) the Nylabone went straight in the bin. Now, I?m no mathematician, but even I can do this equation: Nylabone (£10) + Mokee (priceless) = £50 in total costs, a nasty throat infection for Mokee and terrible guilt for me So, after that experience, what do you think the chances are that I?ll be giving Nylabone 5 stars? Yes, not very likely at all, in fact. I would never recommend a Nylabone to any conscientious pet owner. Not only are they expensive to buy in the first instance, but they can injure your pet, as Mokee and I found out to our cost.
A strong, durable bone suitable the toughest chewers. As it is chewed, the surface raises into bristles which massage the surface of the teeth and gums to help plaque from forming