Are Hard Dog Bones Safe for Dogs to Chew? Best Bully Sticks for Dogs

Best Natural Dog Chews for Dogs

Best bully sticks for dogs
Healthy dog bones and chews

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Angel Nutter

Finding the best dog bone for a dog chew can be quite a dilemma for an educated dog parent. Sometimes you might think the harder the dog chew bone, the better, especially if your dog is an extreme chewer. I used to think this way, too. However, my knowledge of healthy and safe dog bones has improved.

Hard dog bones can easily crack, fracture, or chip a dog’s teeth. You can see in this picture of Dexter the results of chewing a hard dog bone during his earlier years. Pieces of bone can also chip off, and your dog can swallow them, which can lead to internal injury.

Safe chew bones for dogs
Dexter’s chipped teeth

What about plastic, synthetic, or nylon dog bones? Do you think I’m going to support a dog chewing and eating any of the above? Nope. I don’t even feed Dexter out of plastic bowls, let alone encourage him to chew on a nylon bone and eat bits and pieces of it.

There are loads of unhealthy dog chews out there on the market. When choosing safe dog chews, think about that ever so important ingredient label. If it’s a product made up of ingredients, flip it over and read and scrutinize over each item listed. At the time of this posting, I have yet to find an edible dog chew that I would recommend or give Dexter. Besides single ingredient items such as fish sticks, duck feet, and bully sticks.

Best bones for chewers
All natural bully stick chews

I’ve been giving Dexter healthy bully sticks for as long as I can remember. They are much softer than your typical dog bone and actually get softer during chewing. Most bully sticks tend to get soft during chewing and sort of disappear vs. any big chunks being bitten off. That said, I’m a firm believer in careful supervision during any chewy activity. I also remove the bully stick when it gets small enough for Dexter to place the entire stick in his mouth. I then throw that piece away. It’s less expensive to buy new dog bully sticks than to take your dog for emergency surgery.

Best bully sticks for small dogs
All natural bully sticks

Dexter’s most recent bully sticks came from Chewy. For Dexter, I always choose at least a 12” natural bully stick. Dexter really enjoys the braided bully sticks, so Chewy sent us a package of their 12” Braided Bully Sticks.

Dexter thoroughly enjoyed the bully sticks from Chewy. They were nice and thick with a great texture that Dexter seems to really like chewing. The braided design also helps to naturally clean a dog’s gums and teeth as they chew. They typically last Dexter about 4 chew sessions a stick, which is more than an unbraided bully stick. These bully sticks are 100% beef pizzle (penis), protein rich, all natural with no additives, chemicals, or preservatives.

Are bones safe for dogs
Healthy chews for dogs

If you are looking for a safe dog chew that doubles as a healthy dog chew, I highly recommend Chewy’s 12” Braided Beef Bully Sticks.


Does your dog enjoy a good chew? Tell me in the comments.

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42 thoughts on “Are Hard Dog Bones Safe for Dogs to Chew? Best Bully Sticks for Dogs

  1. Good tip on watching. We used to take the last bit away if our dogs were eating something like this too, when I was a kid. It must have been important as a lesson for me to remember it so clearly. 🙂

  2. Aww.. Such an adorable dog. I’ve always wanted to have one. Thank you for sharing this post.

  3. Learn something new every day; I haven’t ever had a dog, but helpful information in case I ever pet sit one day!

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