Dogs naturally have a need and desire to chew. Not only is it their own way of helping to keep their teeth and gums healthy, but it’s mentally stimulating as well. Choosing the right chew can sometimes be confusing, there are so many!
Some long lasting chews I recommend: Antlers, horns, hooves, Himalayan chews, raw marrow bones, bully sticks.
Quicker but also great chews: tracheas, Achilles’ tendons, ears, snouts, duck feet.
If you choose to give your dog plastic or rubber chews, remember these are NOT edible. While they may keep a teething puppy or tough chewer busy, they can be hazardous if swallowed. Be sure to monitor at all times & discontinue use if pieces break off.
I do not personally recommend rawhides. While you can find some made in America, they have still gone through the same amount of processing as a poor quality rawhide. Cowhide is not digestible and can be very hard on the stomach & cause blockages.
Moral of the story: if it is a raw, freeze dried or dehydrated body part that you are familiar with, it is most likely very healthy for your dog to eat!
See you next month!