If your dog is a fan of pig ears, you might be throwing out your current supply of pig ear treats. In 2019, some pig ears were recalled due to a salmonella outbreak. Unfortunately, there have been several cases of people getting sick. Pet parents, if you haven't already, throw out bulk pig ear products until the FDA says otherwise.
If your dog's current chews were all rawhide, here's your chance to make the switch! Dog chews are great for many reasons. They clean your dog's teeth, are tasty, and battle your dog's boredom. Chewing is a fun activity for our dogs. I mean, why else would a dog try to eat a pair of crocs? If you're looking for a healthy alternative for pig ears or rawhide bones, non-rawhide bones are the answer.
What is rawhide?
Rawhide is the inner layer of animal hides.
Is rawhide bad for dogs?
I wouldn't say that rawhide treats are a huge risk for dogs, but considering that there's always a chance they could be contaminated with salmonella, that's enough reason to swap your dog's rawhide chews out for natural chews. (They're also known for being choking hazards due to splinters.)
Treat & rawhide bones alternatives for dogs
Made with real peanut butter, real chicken, and vegetables. I'm sure these are the equivalent of the snacks the gang gave Scooby-doo. The reviews are wonderful. One customer gave it five stars and said her dog is addicted to these!
These digestible chews are great for dental health. (Be sure to check out our list of best dental chews.)
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Chemical and additives free! Earth Animal no-hide chicken chews have a five-star rating on Amazon.
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Scott Pet says they're easy to digest, and customers can attest! A few reviews said their dogs used to get sick from rawhide but haven't seen any bad symptoms with these pork chomps.
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These bully sticks are extra thick for aggressive chewers. If you think your dog could chew through a normal-sized chew bone in no time, try these.
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These are a bit pricey for healthy chews, but several customers were surprised by how long the Himalyan chews lasted.
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These are low in sugar! If you don't know by now, sugar ingredients do trigger vomiting and diarrhea for your dog. These rawhide alternatives are also high protein treats.
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Rawhide free, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. Maybe something to try if your dog has a sensitive tummy.
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These dog chews contain no gluten, wheat, or soy.
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Does your dog have sensitive teeth? Rawhide free chicken sticks are soft and easy to chew.
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These chicken treats are low in fat and high in protein.
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One dog owner said, "According to my pups these are the best treats they have ever chewed." I'm sold.
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4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon is impressive. If your dog loves beef flavored dog food or bones, they will love these.
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In this day and age where people are becoming extremely conscious of what they are putting into their bodies, it's not ridiculous to want to do the same for our pets. Let's give them the best.
This post was originally published on July 25, 2019.