What's the best long lasting treat you've got?
We get asked this question every day in our store. So, here's our list of the best types of long lasting treats for dogs.
1. Bully Sticks
Bully sticks are made from beef pizzle (penis) and are usually naturally dehydrated, which preserves the nutrients and makes them super hard and long lasting.
They are super healthy and high in protein, great for dental health, and longer lasting.
Bully sticks can occupy your pooch for days to weeks, depending on how dedicated your dog is to chewing.
2. Roo Jerky
Roo Jerky is dried kangaroo meat and is high in protein and lower in fat. With less than 2% fat, kangaroo meat is the leanest of the red meats.
Kangaroo is hypoallergenic, which means if your dog suffers from allergies, kangaroo will likely be a great option.
Kangaroo meat is eco-friendly and sustainable. Australian's don't farm kangaroos, they are commercially harvested as an effort to keep population numbers in check and no more than 20% of population is taken.
Make sure you choose a roo jerky that's naturally dehydrated without salts or other nasty chemicals.
3. Chicken Jerky
Chicken Jerky is air dried chicken meat. As with roo jerky, when its naturally dehydrated it gets tough and chewy, which makes it a great treat.
Dogs typically love the taste of chicken, so you should have no trouble enticing them with this one.
4. Goat Horn
As the name suggests, goat horns are hard horns. Some goat horns also have marrow inside of them which adds to the flavour and contains lots of nutrients.
Goat horns are a natural toothbrush, with their unique texture scrubbing your dog's teeth as they chew.
Goats are farmed in Australia for their milk and meat. Goat horns are a sustainable byproduct that your dog will go nuts for.
Due to the nature of goat horns they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you should be able to find one that suits your pooch.
Bones are a simple but tasty treat for dogs, particularly those that are heavy chewers.
Try and find bones with some dried meat left on them, and always supervise dogs with bones as they can splinter. Shanks are the most popular.
What about puppies?
Puppies shouldn't be given harder treats until after they have their adult teeth, which is usually around 6 months.
Treats that are popular with puppies include dental treats, ocean fish, liver and trachea.
No treats are intended for dogs to be left on their own with. Owners should always keep an eye on their dogs while feeding them treats, particularly if their dog has a tendency to gobble their food down due to a risk of choking.
Your dogs time with hard treats like goat horn or bones should also be limited, particularly if your dog is an incessant chewer. Hard treats can cause damage to their teeth if they are allowed to chew on them for too long.
And, always make sure you have a bowl of fresh water near by when giving treats.
When choosing a treat, natural is always best. Avoid any processed jerky or commercially made treats that include preservatives, artificial flavours, artificial ingredients or excess salts. If you're unsure, check the ingredients on the pack.
You should also avoid rawhide dog treats as these undergo a chemical process and can include many substances that are toxic to dogs, including glue. Rawhide also has a high risk for choking.