When a dog’s gotta chew, a dog’s gotta chew. But the dangers that rawhide poses to your dog range anywhere from toxicity to potential threat of choking, so you may want to cross that option off your list. Instead, here are seven dog-friendly and totally tasty alternatives sure to satisfy that chewy streak in your eager pooch.
Antlers are a natural, healthy, odor-free and long-lasting chew toy for really strong chewers. Plus deer shed their antlers every year in late Winter to early Spring so what’s not to love? Size options range from single split prongs to full rack for $8.99 – $44.9.
Small water buffalo horn $8.99
That’s right! Dried pizzle is made of…well…ahem…weiners. Bull, sheep, or pig penis to be specific—and dogs go wild for it. It’s worth it to drop a little more money on higher quality pizzle because it smells somewhat better. After all, it is pizzle we’re dealing with here, people. Pizzle comes in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, from circles to braids to fancy curlycues and everything in between.
10 spirals for $39.99
This rubber toy comes in small, medium, and large, so it’s a toy for dogs of all shapes and sizes. When used as a fetch toy, it’s a foolproof way to get your buddy’s chompers nice and clean. The ridges in this toy’s design reduces plaque, a huge contributor to dental decay in dogs. Available in small, medium, and large. $5.29 – $7.11
A little culture never hurt anyone! Made of yak and cow milk, salt, and lime juice, this chew is highly digestible. Great if you’re concerned about any your dog might accidentally swallow. This is considered a tough chew for smaller dogs but bigger dogs may gobble it up like a cheesy little snack. Pro tip: When the chew is worn down to a nub, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds and it will puff up into a crunchy snack for your dog.
One pound of chews $19.99
What’s up doc? This chew is cheap, healthy, and you might just already have one in your crisper. Not all dogs will fancy this chew, but it’s worth a shot right? If all else fails, dip it in some peanut butter or throw them in some DIY dog food for a healthy snack.
For the “powerful chewers” out there, Nylabone makes a “virtually indestructible” chew for your determined sidekick. This chew comes in a range of sizes, flavors, and shapes. These three packs are a good deal at $15.99
Beams Dog Treats
Beams Dog Treats are made with Icelandic catfish skin and will tantalize your dog’s discerning palette, no matter how picky. A good source of lean protein and omega 3 fatty acids, we’re all in on this chew. Available in a range of sizes $10.77- $21.49
All in all, not a bad menu to choose from right? With so many chewy options, who needs rawhides anyway?
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