September 16th, 2005, 11:08 AM
Are braided cotton floss ropes really better for dogs than any other kinds? If so, how and in what way? Do they clean teeth?
These are the only kinds of ropes in pet sections of stores, so there must be a reason, and I'm just curious. Are they difficult to unravel?
September 16th, 2005, 11:31 AM
Are they difficult to unravel?
No, deffinately not. A semi-strong chewer can rip them apart in under a day, and can swallow the threads, which can in turn get stuck in multiple places along the gi track.
September 16th, 2005, 11:40 AM
I only used mine when Roxy was teething. I would soak it and freeze, then give it to her to chew on. It really seemed to soothe her. Now it sits there untouched.
September 16th, 2005, 01:02 PM
They're more for tug-of-war type doggies than for chewing, I'd say. Put it this way, if your kid was chewing on his shirt and swallowing bits, would you have a heart attack? (I would...)
Ever notice how the weirdest products supposedly help with the teeth? It's just a selling point. If you have to buy one, buy the dental Kong...
September 17th, 2005, 12:00 AM
okay, then it's a good thing I never fell into the hype of cotton ropes ;)
I bought my dog a length of twisted nylon rope for tug-of-war, and he seems to like it. And it cost me $3 instead of $12.
He may be somewhat less than 40 pounds, but that boy can pull! I'm gonna have super strong arms in no time flat :D
September 17th, 2005, 12:07 AM
Just don't let other people play with him... My dad's Jack pulls with his entire might and well, my relative, who shall remain nameless but is supposed to be a responsible adult, was taking care of him while my dad was away and tugged like he was a big dog (he thought it was funny) and broke two of his teeth. :rolleyes:
September 17th, 2005, 02:53 AM
This is a toy like many others so you should supervise their use of it. If they removed one or two strands it should pass through without incident but if you notice your dog beginning to take it apart, take it away. Choosing the size for these are similar for choosing rawhide. They shouldn't be able to put their mouth right over the knot.