In my last blog, I wrote about longer lasting chews that I recommend as well as chews that I do not like for our dogs. In this blog, I will go over chews that may be shorter lasting, but that typically dogs go crazy for and can also be helpful for dental health.
Bully sticks: Though these are described as being made from beef/bull pizzle, this is definitely a euphemism for the part of the bull they come from. Though this may gross some people out, our dogs feel very differently. Most dogs go crazy for these things! They are completely digestible, a great source of protein and good for dental health.
There are a lot of varieties of bully sticks, so how do you choose? First of all, regular bully sticks do have quite an odor to them that some find offensive. If this is the case, make this an outdoor only chew, or look into the low odor variety. The low odor bully sticks are dried more slowly and for longer than regular bully sticks; this can make them pricier but less stinky for sure.
They also come in different shapes and sizes. There is the regular straight kind, extra-think, twisted, and braided. Each version can take some dogs longer than others but all are from the same good source of protein.
A word of caution with bully sticks: don’t let your dog eat too much in one sitting. I had to learn this the hard way with my dog, letting my 58 pound Aussie eat a whole 12” bully stick and not thinking anything of it. Well, since it is pure protein, my poor dog had a very upset stomach for about a day. Now I only let him have about 6 inches at a time and he does fine. Depending on how aggressive a chewer your dog is, bully sticks will last about 15-30 minutes for many dogs.
Trachea: These chews are made from the windpipe of an animal, typically a bull or lamb. Again, this can be off-putting to some, however these chews are packed with Glucosamine and Chondroitin which is great for joint health. These seem to me to be less stinky that bully sticks typically.
Pig Ears: These are a shorter lasting chew, depending on their size. Again, a good source of protein, these tend to be a little greasier than other chews. If your dog has a sensitive stomach, I would not recommend this chew, but otherwise dogs seem to love them.
Cow Ears: Less greasy and easier on the stomach than pig ears, these are another good option for a short term chew. They typically don’t have any type of color, so won’t stain like the above chews might.
To find these chews and more, check out your local pet supply shop, like Urban Dogg in Broomfield, CO. The friendly staff at these smaller pet stores are helpful and can guide you in the right direction for your dog.
Reminder: It is important to always supervise your dog when you give them a chew to ensure they do not get big chunks off and try to swallow them whole, until you are familiar with their chewing habits.