Product Type: Nylabone dog accessories
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Nylabone Dental Chew
Author Name: daisylee3
Nylabone Dental Chew
Date: 05/11/12, updated on 05/11/12 (72 review reads)
Advantages: Price, durable, variety of flavours and sizes
Disadvantages: Dogs lost interest
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.
Summary: 4/5 Stars