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Best Rawhide Alternatives

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Are you looking for a safer rawhide alternative for your dog?

Rawhides are common treats that owners give their dogs to chew on, but if you have had a chance to read our latest blog, then you already know that they aren’t always the safest option. Although rawhides are generally safe for some dogs and the risks are low, the risks are still dangerous and shouldn’t be ignored. For some dog owners, the risks associated with rawhides simply aren’t worth taking.

Regardless of whether you give your dog rawhides or not, your dog needs to chew, which means that it is up to you to find a safe, healthy treat for your dog to chew on. Here is a list from our veterinary clinic in Levittown of some rawhide alternatives for dogs:

#1. Carrots

While baby carrots can make a great, healthy dog treat on the go, large, full-size carrots can be a wonderful choice when your dog needs to chew. Carrots are not only nutrient-rich, they are also low in calories, which makes them a great choice, even for dogs who could stand to lose a pound or two.

#2. Pegetables

You can find Pegetables in most pet stores, and they are dental dog chews that are made from some of the best veggies for your dog, including peas, sweet potatoes and carrots. These treats are corn, grain and gluten free, and they are easy to digest. They can also help to freshen your dog’s breath and clean their teeth.

#3. Bully Sticks

Bully sticks are a favorite among my dog owners because they don’t contain any chemical additives or preservatives. Bully sticks can also last a long time, but one downside is that many of them have a strong odor.

#4. Antlers

Antlers from either deer or elk are good sources of zinc, calcium, potassium and manganese, and they aren’t stinky or greasy like many other dog chews. However, there is a downside to antlers. They are incredibly hard, and if your dog chews too aggressively, they could end up fracturing a tooth. Elk antlers are a little safer than deer antlers, but regardless of which antlers you choose, watch your dog very closely when they chew them.

#5. Salmon Skin Bones

Salmon skin bones are exactly what they sound like, bones made of salmon skin! These bones are great for dogs who have allergies or sensitivities to other proteins, as well as for dogs who are picky about vegetables. These treats are wonderful for your dog’s coat, but don’t leave your dog alone with one. They are jerky, and if your dog swallows a piece instead of chewing it, it could create a choking hazard.

As you can see, there are many rawhide alternatives available for dogs, but it’s important to note that there’s no such thing as a perfectly safe treat for chewing. Any time your dog is chewing on any treat, make sure that you are watching them. As we mentioned in our last blog, an untreated blockage can be fatal, and just because your dog is chewing a rawhide alternative, it doesn’t mean that there is no risk for choking. Contact our veterinary clinic in Levittown today to learn more.

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