Rather than gnawing on the leg of your favorite wooden chair or the remote control for the TV, wouldn’t it be nice if your dog chewed on his favorite bone instead?
Since there are quite a few questionable dog treats and toys floating around on the market these days, finding a healthy alternative to the chair legs and electronics in your home isn’t an easy task, which is exactly why we will be highlighting some of the best bones for dogs in our guide below for you!
We’ve carefully selected quality, pooch-friendly toys and treats, and we provide you with helpful shopping info that will help you decide which is right for your dog.
Let’s get started.
Things to Consider
There are a few important things to take into consideration before you purchase, including:
- Material. Are you looking for a dental chew, a real bone or a toy bone?
We’ll be taking a look at the different bone materials more in detail below, so be sure to check it out!
- Age of Dog. Are you looking for something for a puppy, young dog or adult dog?
- Size of Dog. The size of the dog (small breed, medium breed, large or giant breed) will also affect your decision.
Be sure to get a treat, toy or real bone that is appropriate for the dog’s size (usually the packaging will provide you with guidelines regarding this).
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|1. GREENIES Original Dental Dog Treats||Dental Chew||$$$$||4.7|
|2. West Paw Design Zogoflex Hurley Guaranteed Tough Dog||Toy||$$$$||4.3|
|3. Booda Fresh N Floss 3 Knot Tug Rope Dog Toy||Toy||$$||4.3|
|4. PetSafe Busy Buddy Bouncy Bone Dog Toy||Toy||$$||4.3|
|5. ARK Naturals PRODUCTS for PETS 326070||Dental Chew||$$$||4.3|
|6. KONG Goodie Bone Dog Toy||Toy||$||4.3|
Types of Bones
While the most common bone that comes to mind is that of an animal, there are actually quite a few other options out there, as well.
- Real Bone. If you want to give your dog real animal bone, then we suggest you head straight to the butcher and skip the treated, processed and flavored items that you find on store shelves.
Dogs don’t care if a bone has a smoky flavor or if it’s lacking a bit of salt, and those ingredients are probably going to irritate your dog’s stomach or intestinal tract anyways.
Please don’t purchase treated or flavored bones (and you can forget about the rawhide). Natural bones are much safer and healthier for your dog, but even so, you still need to be careful with them.
If they are too small, they could become a serious choking hazard and some bones are too hard for a dog’s teeth (yes, cracked dog teeth can happen).
Always do additional research before you purchase an animal bone to see if it is safe for your dog to chew on.
- Toy Bones. Here we’re talking about the rope bones or squeaky toys, etc.
It’s important that you check to see what materials the bone is made of, because as we all know, dogs left to chew on things might end up eating a bit of what they are chewing on.
Avoid the following: plastic, low quality rubbers, products made with PVC and BPA, and be careful with squeaky toys, as these are easier for dogs to ingest.
It’s worth it for your dog’s safety (and for durability purposes) to spend a few extra dollars on a quality toy that won’t become a safety hazard or break 5 minutes after they start playing with it.
- Dental Chews. There are also plenty of great dental chews available if you don’t want to give your dog real animal bones.
We’ve included a few healthy ones in our table that will help keep the plaque down and that are safe for your dog to eat.
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While this may not be in the shape of a bone, it still serves the same purpose as a bone: to keep your dog occupied and to help keep his or her teeth clean and healthy!
One of the nice thing about the Greenies dental chews is that they are low in fat, so if you have an inactive dog or an overweight dog, these will still probably be OK (always ask your vet if you have any doubts or concerns).
Here are the ingredients:
They come in a variety of sizes and several different flavors, so whether you have a 5-pound dog, a 100-pound dog or a picky eater, you can find the right size and flavor for your furry friend.
These are great for your dog’s teeth and breath, but if you were looking for an actual bone toy, then have a look at the next two options on our list.
Looking for a versatile bone that you can take to the lake, throw in the dishwasher and give to your dog worry free? West Paw Design has one that you (and your dog) will like!
The Zogoflex bone is both flexible and durable. We did some investigating and found that it is made from Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE), a material that is recyclable, free of BPA, phthalates and other toxic ingredients, and it’s quite sturdy (even for dogs that are quite rough with their toys).
It can float in water, you can throw it in the dishwasher for regular cleanings and it comes in three different sizes (mini, small and large).
This is a great toy bone for your dog to play with and even though the cost seems high, you’ll probably save money in the long run since you won’t have to replace it any time soon (the company also claims to replace broken ones for free, which says a lot about how they stand behind the quality of their product.)
Oh, the classic Booda bone: perfect if you like to play tug of war with your dog (or if they like to play with other members of the pack).
The tightly woven threads of this bone are made of 100% cotton, featuring a unique mint-flavored floss that will help keep your dog’s breath a little fresher. This nylon floss is coated with baking soda and wax, which can access hard-to-reach areas of your dog’s teeth and gums as they chew on it. This is definitely one of the best bones for dogs that need a little extra TLC for their teeth!
It is also available in different sizes and it is safe for dogs with sensitive gums, but always make sure you give the dog this toy under your supervision.
A well-made toy that is definitely worth having in the toy basket!