Is it OK for puppy to chew on sticks?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

Chewing on sticks may seem harmless and even entertaining for your furry friend, but it’s important to be aware of the potential risks involved. While it’s natural for dogs to have a desire to chew, allowing them to chew on sticks can lead to several problems.

One of the main concerns is the damage that chewing on sticks can cause to your dog’s teeth. Sticks are hard and abrasive, and over time, the constant chewing can wear down their teeth. This can result in the enamel being worn away, exposing the sensitive dentin underneath. Once the dentin is exposed, your dog may experience pain and discomfort when chewing or eating.

Additionally, the constant chewing on sticks can also put stress on the surrounding soft tissues in your dog’s mouth. The gums, tongue, and cheeks can become irritated and even injured from the rough edges of the sticks. This can lead to inflammation, bleeding, and potentially even infections.

Moreover, sticks are often dirty and covered in bacteria, fungi, or other harmful substances. When your dog chews on them, they can introduce these pathogens into their mouth, increasing the risk of oral infections. Additionally, if your dog swallows small pieces of the stick, it can cause gastrointestinal issues such as blockages or irritation of the digestive tract.

I personally experienced the consequences of letting my dog chew on sticks when she developed a dental issue. She had been happily chewing on sticks during our walks, but over time, I noticed her showing signs of discomfort while eating and even reluctance to chew on her favorite toys. After a visit to the vet, it was revealed that her teeth had been worn down, and the pulp cavity was exposed, causing her pain. It was a lesson learned the hard way, but one that I want to share with others to prevent similar situations.

To ensure the dental health and overall well-being of your beloved pup, it’s best to provide them with appropriate chew toys designed specifically for dogs. These toys are usually made of softer materials that are gentle on their teeth and gums. They are also less likely to splinter or break, reducing the risk of choking or other injuries.

While it may seem harmless, allowing your dog to chew on sticks can lead to potential dental problems and oral injuries. It’s best to provide them with safe and appropriate chew toys to satisfy their natural chewing instincts. Your dog’s dental health is crucial for their overall comfort and quality of life, so it’s important to take proactive measures to protect their teeth and mouth.