We’ve been talking a lot about Benebone’s tantalizing flavors, but it’s time to talk turkey for a bit. Below are some basic do’s and don’ts to keep your dog happy and safe.
Chomp, but Don’t Eat
While bursting with flavor, Benebones are chew toys and are not edible. As any chew toy or bone wears down, it is possible that some of it may be eaten. Depending on the size, amount, and timing of what is ingested, eating non-edible products can cause gastrointestinal issues. Err on the side of caution — if you think some of your Benebone is being eaten, remove it.
Keep it Clean
Keep Benebones free of dog hair and other debris, which can tangle with small pieces of Benebones and create an ingestion hazard. This can even happen with regular wear and if flakes from the product are the size of a grain of rice or smaller. Hair and other debris can make any toy or chew more dangerous by forming a “nest” of debris.
Protect Those Pearly Whites
Benebones are made of nylon, which is a hard substance. Aggressive chewing can cause chips or cracks in teeth and possibly result in tooth loss or removal. Not all dogs have the teeth to withstand aggressive chewing of hard substances such as nylon. Tooth injury is an unavoidable risk when using chew toys of this hardness and durability, such as nylon, natural bones, and antlers. Consider softer products to avoid this risk. Our puppy product line is just a tad softer than our adult products. Benebones are also not appropriate for older dogs who may have compromised tooth strength.
Be a Smooth Operator
After aggressive chewing, the product can become bristly and sharp. The product in this condition can cause gum irritation and even bleeding. Also, the product could cause abrasion or injury to another part of a dog’s or human’s body. The product can be smoothed with a wood file or heavy-grit sandpaper. Not sure if your bone is past its prime? Reach out to us via the contact form on our website for further direction.
Exclusively for Dogs
We love cats too, but Benebones are for dogs only.
One Size Does Not Fit All
On each product listing and Benebone label, we provide guidelines to help you choose the right toy for your dog. Our guidelines are for rough reference only. Benebones are not suitable for dogs that weigh more than our recommended guidelines or for dogs that are very strong or very aggressive chewers.
Always choose the largest product your dog can handle, even if your dog is rated for a smaller size.
Our tiny products are indeed tiny. Keep them away from larger dogs so they are not accidentally ingested.
Dog toys with closed holes and irregular shapes have the possibility of getting stuck on a dog’s jaw, paw, or other parts of its body. Match up your Benebone to the size of your dog to reduce this risk.
Keep an Eye Out
A dog’s use of Benebone products should always be supervised. Monitoring and replacement are essential to your dog’s safety.
Watch for wear and replace Benebones frequently to ensure that the product remains whole and intact. Though a rough guide only, Benebones should be discarded if more than a sugar cube’s worth of product is missing. Regardless, the product should be replaced after one month of purchase. Our puppy products are a bit softer and need to be monitored very closely. Some puppies can be strong chewers. Refer to our When to Replace guide for wear photos and guidance. Need more help? Reach out to us via the contact form on our website and we’ll be glad to assist.
Benebones are made of nylon and are made in facilities that process peanuts, tree nuts, chicken, pork, fish, beef, and wood. In addition, Benebones may contain peanuts, tree nuts, chicken, pork, fish, beef, and/or wood ingredients for flavoring purposes. Therefore, Benebones should not be purchased for use in households where a human or pet may have an allergy to nylon, peanuts, chicken, pork, fish, beef, and/or wood.
Keep It Off the Dance Floor
Benebones are hard toys that can cause injury when stepped on. Keep them in a safe place to avoid the risk of a slip or fall, particularly in the dark.