Rawhide comes in many different styles and shapes and colors from ground and reformed to pressed or natural bones. Rawhide is inexpensive but can be dangerous if your dog eats too much or gets a blockage from eating too large of a piece. Puppies should not have rawhide until they are a year old.
Antlers are a very hard chew that takes an extremely long time to break down. Antler chews are more expensive than some other chew types but will last a long time even with aggressive chewers. They are also non-allergenic, odor free, and a natural source of essential minerals and don’t splinter or chip like other types of chews.
Bone style chews offer a large variety of bones and parts that come in a range of sizes. Some larger bones can even be cut into smaller pieces for small dogs. However, some large bones can splinter, causing injury to teeth or gums.
Dental chews are the most easily digestible of the chew options and are usually made of natural ingredients. However, some do include wheat and soy products, which can have an effect on a grain free diet so it is important to check the ingredients thoroughly before purchasing.
Meaty chews are designed for the dog that prefers a more natural chew and we offer a wide selection from dried pig ears to enormous beef leg bones. Meaty chews can be hard to digest, much like rawhide, so should not be fed in excessive amounts. It is also important to read labels as some lower quality meaty treats are processed with potentially harmful chemicals.
Raw meaty bones are 100% human-grade, antibiotic and steroid free without added hormones. They are a natural source of protein and fat and offer an excellent way for dogs to exercise their jaws, massage their gums, and clean their teeth. Most raw meaty bones are NOT to be completely consumed and should always be fed with supervision.
When choosing a treat for your dog there are several factors to consider such as the purpose you intend to use the treat for, how often you plan to give them, any food allergies, and your pet’s preferences. For instance, if you plan to use the treats for training, you will want to choose a small treat that can be quickly consumed. If you plan to give your dog numerous treats you might want to consider small, lower calorie treats. If your dog is extremely overweigh, you might even consider using pieces of his food as treats and then subtracting that amount from his regular meals.
While many older dogs prefer soft treats and many smaller dogs and puppies prefer small sized treats, and some dogs are limited by food allergies, for the most part dogs have very individual preferences regarding treats.
Dental treats are specifically designed with your dog’s dental health in mind. While most hard or crunchy treats promote dental health, there are also specially made dental treats that serve a dual purpose of allowing you to treat your dog as well as keep their teeth healthy by reducing plaque buildup, tartar formation, and improving breath. There are many specially designed dental treats ranging from Greenies, which are a larger size treat that can be given once a day, to Yip Yap Breath Fresheners
Jerky treats can be easily broken into pieces for training and are available in a variety of tasty, meaty flavors such as chicken, duck, and beef. They can sometimes be found in other proteins like venison or bison and even rabbit. However, some can be overly processed and contain corn, wheat, soy, or dyes.
Soft treats are great training aids and come in a variety of flavors and formulas, including grain free. However, it is important to read labels to make sure they don’t contain corn, wheat, soy, or excessive dyes.
Biscuits are available in a variety of flavors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Some biscuits are actually made from the same formulas as dog food, some are grain free, and some are designed to enhance your dog’s dental health and remove plaque. Most are easy to break for training or for smaller dogs.
While all dogs should be supervised with treats and chews, it is particularly important to monitor you dog with meaty treats or rawhide chews or bones. While the risk of choking and intestinal blockages is extremely rare, we still suggest taking away small, broken off pieces to minimize these risks. Caution should also be used when feeding meaty bones, natural treats, and colored bones due to the possibility of the treats staining carpet or furniture.