Are Bully Sticks Bad for Dog Teeth?

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Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance

Hi. My name is Marc Caldwell; I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance, to answer some Facebook questions for you guys.

Our next question is: My 2-year-old Chihuahua loves his bully stick in the 6″ size. I’m wondering since he goes through them so quickly if he’s hurting his teeth, I’ve noticed that his teeth are actually getting smaller. It concerns me that you mentioned his teeth are getting smaller; it’s not normal for an adult tooth to actually regress in size. My concern is that possibly what’s happening due to excessive wear and tear at the teeth, they may actually be fracturing due to chewing on this hard surface.

I would strongly recommend having the teeth evaluated by a veterinarian to ensure this isn’t happening, because if they fracture down to the pulp, or the meat of the tooth, it may actually cause long-term dental problems and dental disease. For the time being, I would probably recommend discontinuing the use of the bully stick until you have a chance to have your animal evaluated by a veterinarian.

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