06-21-2012, 09:54 AM
Join Date: Oct 2011
I gave beef tendons (are these considered bully sticks?), rawhides and another type of bully sticks that comes in green/pale yellow/yellow/red colors, and aside the rawhide, they last some 10~20mins with my dog (GSD mix). With rawhides it lasts much longer, for hours.
My dog does swallow the stuffs, but he chews them to smaller pieces and we never had a problem. Of course, there's always a risk, but then there's risk in feeding raw bones too but it's natural for dogs to chew these anyways.
I'd say it's better to evaluate if your dog does swallow big chunks or not. Give him some chew that is digestible and big, and see what he does when he almost finishes it. Also, it's said that some rawhides tend to expand with water, so that they can expand in the stomach. The ones I give doesn't seem to expand much, maybe you can test them before giving your dog too.
You can also do some online research. Also, maybe if you are worried, you can read some first aid stuff to see what you can do in case your dog chokes, and then only give chew stuffs when you're supervising.
Also, make sure your dog is not a fast eater. And if the first chew stuffs aren't too tasty that he feels like swallowing them crazily.