to dog treats are dog chews and chew toys. They come in hard and
soft styles, and can serve a couple of purposes. Though many are
non edible, others can provide some nutritional value. However,
their main benefits are to give your dog a tasty way of satisfying
his natural urge to chew, and helping to strengthen and/or clean
his teeth. The familiar rawhide "bones" are one type of
dog chew toy, as are the familiar latex "squeaky" toys.
But there are many others, including pig ears, pig hooves, horse
hooves, beef achilles tendons, and rawhide strips and chips, as
well as a host of natural and imitation bones. They can be found
in every supermarket and pet store, as well as in pet boutiques,
through some veterinarians, and on the internet. Some brands and
types of dog chew toys are:
chews and chew toys are made from extra tough nylon thermoplastic
polymers to stand up to the jaws of the largest dogs, and include
some that have natural flavoring added. Though not strictly edible,
the small pieces that do come off are digestible and will not harm
– TireBiter makes a dog chew toy of soft rubber and polyester fibers
that help to floss gums and clean teeth.
– Greenies makes several varieties of dog chews in addition to their
line of treats.
– Booda brand dog chews include an edible one, made of a mint flavored
cornmeal base designed to freshen breath and aid in overall good
dental hygiene. Their line also includes other natural dog chews,
such as beef, bacon and peanut butter flavor bone-shaped chews,
as well as rawhide chips or pieces.
– Doggy Hoots dog chew toys are made of soft polyester on the outside,
with cellophane on the inside to provide a "crackling"
feel and sound that dogs enjoy.
– Triple Crown dog chews are made of completely edible and digestible
ingredients, but formulated so they last a long time to provide
– Pet Stages dog chews are made of highly chew resistant synthetic
– Kong dog chews are made of rubber, but have an opening that lets
you hide bits of food or treats inside to entice your dog to chew,
and keeps him entertained for hours trying to get it out.
– Elinora’s Royal Natural makes a line of dog chews entirely from
dried Icelandic fish skin.
– Bone Buddies makes a line of natural rawhide dog chews and dog
– Virbac brand of C.E.T. chews have an antibacterial enzyme system
that fights plaque-causing germs and helps to eliminate bacteria
– Hartz is a well-known pet products company that makes dog chews.
– Nature’s Variety has several types of dry roasted bones and jerky-style
The Bottom Line:
apparent that the subject of feeding your dog, as well as providing
him with treats, toys, and chews is a vast one. There’s enough information
to fill encyclopedias, and almost as many opinions about the "right"
way to feed your dog as there are people give them. But try not
to let all this variety overwhelm you. Just remember to start with
your dog. No one knows him better than you. Then take into account
your own preferences, your lifestyle, and budget. Try a few different
types of foods and other products until you find something that
you like and your dog enjoys and appears to thrive on. From time
to time reevaluate, based on your dog’s current health, taking into
account any advice you may receive from your veterinarian, as well
as new information and even anecdotal information you may run across.
In the end, just remember there is likely no one "right"
approach. Do the best you can, trust your instincts, and your dog
will likely thrive.