Are Nylabones Digestible? 

Chewing is normal for puppies.

Without chewing toys, they’ll chew on anything, anywhere.

However, you can control what they chew by providing chew toys like nylabones.

Are nylabones digestible?

Yes, the edible nylabones are digestible because they’re made from starch, floor, and natural flavors, making them healthy treats for your dog.

However, the hard bone nylabones are not safe for consumption because they’re mainly plastic.

Nylabones are plastic chew toys for dogs to play with but are unsafe to eat because they’re indigestible.

When purchasing nylabones for your dog, read the directions of use so that you know how to handle them.

Nylabones come in different flavors and shapes.

They’re good for teething puppies, and here is all you need to know about nylabones.

Are nylabones digestible

Are nylabones digestible?

Regular nylabones are made of thermo-polymer nylon, also used to make other plastic products like toothbrushes and plastic car parts.

Since its inception, the nylabone brand has been making various chewable (non-edible) dog toys and a variety of digestible variants. 

Dogs can play with nylabones without worry, but they can’t eat them unless they have a label reading ” edible.”

Swallowing a non-edible nylabone can choke a dog or cause digestive issues like a blockage. 

If your dog bites off Nylabone and ingests it, contact a veterinarian without delay for the right advice.

Only the Nylabone Healthy Edibles line is safe for dogs to eat

A dog’s teeth are sharp and frequent chewing on nylabone fractures it into tiny pieces that can cause harm by perforating the stomach and intestines.

Inspect your dog’s chewables to ensure they are in good shape, and if not, maybe it’s time to buy new pieces.

Nylabone safety tips for non-edibles

Inspect chew toys

Watch what your dog plays with, and don’t let your guard down‌.

Check the toys to ensure they are complete and there are no signs of weakness that can break off during play.

Do these checks before, during, and after play as a safety precaution.

If the ends are too small, take it away and buy your dog a new toy. 

Supervise playtime

Stay with your dog during playtime to see what’s happening.

If a toy breaks in your presence, it is easy to save the dog from swallowing it.

Consider pet insurance if playtime turns hazardous to avoid worrying if you can afford to pay for treatment.

Worrying about how much a vet visit will cost might divert your attention from giving your pet the best medical care.

Cleaning & care of nylabone

Since nylabones are made of plastic, don’t expose them to extreme heat to avoid distortion.

Ensuring nylabone remains in its original shape is healthy and safe for your dog to use.

Use warm soapy water to wash nylabone by hand.

Benefits of nylabone

Vets recommend chewing toys for dogs because they’re safe and have multiple benefits. 

  • Chew toys keep your dog busy 
  • Chew toys divert boredom, stress, and anxiety
  • Helpful in training dogs with destructive behavior
  • Dental benefits like cleaning and strengthening canines.
  • They satisfy a dog’s urge for constant chewing
  • Best for teething puppies 
  • Mental stimulation 
  • Aids weight management and also ideal for dieting dogs

When can I replace nylabone?

You need to replace your dog’s chew toys or be keen to take them away and replace them when the knuckle wears out.

Allowing your dog to chew on a small toy poses the risk of swallowing and chocking. 

  • Toss the chew toy or replace it once you see a crack or splinter
  • If you buy a nylabone chew toy and discover it’s not suitable for your dog, return it, and you’ll get a replacement as long as you have the sales receipt.

How do I know my dog’s chewing strength and style?

Your dog’s chewing‌ strength and style mainly depend on the breed, weight, age, and behavior around other toys.

However, if you can’t make the assessment, a vet can help.

A strong chewer exerts considerable pressure on a toy, and if the toy is not strong enough to counter the force, it’s likely to break.

Get your dog a large toy to chew from the sides other than the top.

We recommend getting each dog a different chew toy for those with several dogs to avoid accidents when a dog chews on the wrong toy.

You might also want to store them separately to avoid mix-ups. 

Nylabone Flavors

Nylabone chew toys come in 40 different flavors meaning even the pickiest dog will find an option.

Some of the nylabone flavor chews include:

  • Chicken 
  • Vanilla milkshake
  • Peanut butter 
  • Fresh breath
  • Sausage with pancakes 

Nylabone edibles

Nylabone edibles contain ingredients like starches, different flours, fiber, natural flavors, and vitamins.

The edibles come in different flavors, meaning various flavorings.

Before buying treats for your dog, ensure the ingredients present are healthy for them and a good fit in its diet.

If your dog has special needs like allergies, be extra vigilant to ensure that whatever treat you feed it will not jeopardize its health.

Besides the allergy concerns, nylabone edibles are safe and healthy for dogs to eat.

You can give them to your pup during training or as a treat.

Like the hard nylabones, edibles also come in many flavors for dogs to enjoy; 

  • Beef and veggie
  • Salmon
  • Lamb and 
  • Apple 
  • Filet mignon

Dental chews are edible chews that promote dental care and are tastier than regular chews.

Among them are flavors like chicken, bacon, and coconut.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can puppies have nylabone Edible Chews?

Puppies can’t have edible nylabone chews because they come with recommendations for dogs with permanent teeth.

Have a chat with a veterinarian before introducing edibles to your puppy. 

How long does a nylabone last?

The hard Nylabone will last depending on how often a dog chews and the chewing style.

As for the edibles, give them to your dog as a healthy treat.

The shelf-life of edibles is over five years, meaning you don’t have to rush it.


Nylabones come in two varieties; edibles (digestible) and non-edibles (hard bones made from plastic), and both are dog chew toys.

Non-edible nylabones are hazardous if your dog swallows them by accident.

For this reason, be present during and after your dog’s playtime.

As for the edible nylabones, they’re easy to digest, and you can give them to your dog as healthy treats. 

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