Chewing treats should be a part of every dog’s life: They relieve teething pain, play a role in maintaining the teeth clean, and keep your dog busy and calm. What should you consider when choosing a chew for your furry friend? What are the best chews for your dog?
Choose a chew that fits your dog’s teeth. Bones, antlers, and hooves provide long-lasting entertainment but are less suitable for puppies and senior dogs. If your adult dog is a passionate chewer, ensure they actually chew and that the chewing doesn’t damage their teeth. When you choose a chew for a puppy or senior, do a dent test: Push hard with your thumb – if it leaves a dent, it’s safe to chew.
2. In chews veritas
Cartilage or tendons chews are better for digestion than rawhides. After a long chew, the rawhide becomes soggy, and your dog might swallow large and hard-to-digest pieces.
3. Size matters and bigger is better
Pick a chew that your dog can chew rather than swallow as a whole. Smaller chews might choke your dog or block their digestive systems.
Nutritional benefits of natural chews
Bully or pizzle sticks: They are protein-rich, low-fat, and hard enough to last.
Tendons or esophagus: These are easy to digest and reduce plaque.
Tripe twists: Made from a cow’s stomach, the twisted form massages your dog’s gums and eases pain related to teething. When chewed on, they become soft and break off into small pieces.
Stuffed beef strips: The sticks have a tough exterior with a soft meat filling. They don’t last forever, but they are easy on the stomach. The strips are rich in calories.