What To Get Your Dog When You Have A Newborn

Jul 23, 2021

Chews can be so helpful when you have a newborn or a young child and have less time for your dog. Under-exercised dogs can bark, chew on your furniture or kids’ toys. Chews will keep your dog occupied, and they are a great outlet for dogs’ natural instincts.⁠

As I was researching various chews to share with you, I came to the conclusion that there just isn't one 'always-safe' chew for every dog.⁠ Possible concerns: broken or cracked teeth, choking, gastro-intestinal irritation, or digestive obstruction, should a dog bite off more than they can chew or decide to swallow something whole.⁠

General rules:⁠

  • Always consult your veterinarian before offering your dog a chew.⁠
  • Supervise your dog, and remove small or broken pieces to prevent a choking hazard.⁠
  • Ideally, a chew should pass the “thumbnail test": ⁠️soft enough that it will “give” if you press it with your thumbnail.⁠
  • Some chews are very high in calories, some stink, some stain carpets.⁠
  • ⁠The American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) does not recommend bones (cooked or uncooked), cow hooves, pig ears, hard & thick rawhides, plastic or nylon bones, or large ice cubes.⁠

These are some of Lola’s favorite chews. 

Bully sticks come in various sizes and shapes (curly, braided), and if you can’t stand the smell, there are odorless bully sticks.⁠

Tracheas are very high on Lola’s list. The crunchy texture and grooves help scrape away tartar and plaque to help clean your dog’s teeth. Excellent source of chondroitin for senior dogs and suitable for dogs at all stages of life.

Himalayan Chews are made with yak and/or cow milk. If your dog likes cheese and works the end of a chew for hours, softening it with their mouth before chewing off, then this would be a perfect chew for your pup.⁠

Lamb Ears have almost no odor, are a very clean chew, and don't leave stains on the carpet!⁠

️The Icelandic+ Lamb Horn was recommended to us by another trainer.⁠ It's actually not a bone, it's 100% Keratin. 

Safety first:⁠

  • Give your dog a chew only in a baby-free zone, or when the baby is asleep or not home.
  • Make sure to check for any leftovers and put them away before the baby is present.
  • Many dogs will protect and guard their resources from children, even if they have not guarded them from adults.

⁠Check out the Dog Meets Baby Amazon Store for more products. 

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