The Problem With Chew Toys By Meghan Mathews

The Story of Fred

You notice that Fred has two fractured teeth during his physical exam.


Check for pulp exposure

Next step: Dental Rads

You ask, "Have you noticed any fractures prior to this exam? Any recent changes with Fred? Does he enjoy chew toys at home?"

"Fred has several favorite chew toys."

Just to name a few ...
and he LOVES to chew on rocks in the backyard ..
busted ....
Now what?


  • root canal therapy
  • surgical, complex extractions

"But Fred acts just fine at home. He still eats and everything!"

blood supply, nerves, later infections, hard zap, sharp pain, deep burning

The "actual" cost of these chew toys..

  • NylaBones $5-$15 (edible vs. non-edible)
  • Antlers $5-25
  • Bag of rawhides $12-20
compared to...
  • routine dental, no extractions $250-400
  • advanced dental w/ extractions $500-800
  • +/- PAP, additional findings, pain meds, fluids, etc.
Routine dental exams & cleaning = PRICELESS

Preventing Future Dental Disease and Complications

  • monitor chewing: objects & time
  • brushing teeth
  • routine cleanings w/ sedation
  • approved chew toy products & edibles
most of these wont break the bank!!




Created with images by ishane - "Dreyfuss chews his bone" • - "rocks" • Mark Morgan Trinidad B - "Superman Symbol (2)" • niekverlaan - "volunteer voluntary guide"

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