I have been to other dog households and there are bully sticks laying about, half chewed-on or even some barely touched. The dog of the house will be laying somewhere close by. This confuses me. Melvin
will devour can eat a foot long bully stick in under four minutes. That’s rounding-up on the time estimate. I just assumed that all dogs death the bully stick the same way. If I scattered multiple bully sticks around the house I’d also need to go ahead and pre-call the emergency vet to tell them we’d be on our way shortly.
The problem with Melvin and bully sticks is that, like everything else, he has a reaction to them. But there are only so many Kong’s I can stuff with baby food veggies (I always enjoy when the check out clerk asks me how old my baby is..) before he bores and really wants to get his teeth dug into something. Luckily he does not chew on anything (except socks) so I treat him to a bully every so often and then follow it with an extra dose of meds.
Recently I read about deer and moose antlers and how they are similar to everlasting gobstoppers. The vet felt antlers might cause less of a reaction (if any) than the bully sticks so I went out and bought a moose antler and a deer antler, x-large on both. Neither were cheap. Melvin went nuts over the rustling of the bag and I was excited that this could really be a great source for gnaw joy. He excitedly took the antler, ran over to the carpet and threw it around a few times in his usual ‘I’ll show you who’s boss’ way, and then he went at it. For all of two minutes. When he realized there was a delayed payoff to this treat, he settled for licking it and then leaving it. He also kind of gave me a ‘screw you’ look.
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