Treat Safe This New Year: 3 RawHide-Free Options for Your Pet5:31 PM
My doggie loves to chew, but have you heard some of the dangers associated with rawhide? If you're not aware, rawhide is made from the inner hide from an animal (usually a cow.) But what you may not know is that it the hair is removed from it using chemical processing. Then it's either given whole, or ground to form a shaped treat. In addition to being hard for some pets to digest (which can cause stomach issues, including blockages), there is a lot of controversy over the chemicals used to process the rawhide. Many pet owners have decided that a more natural option is better for their pup.
If your dog loves to chew (who doesn't?) then you've likely wanted to know what options are available that are rawhide-free. The PetMatrix products we tried are highly digestible and tasty, too! Here are the ones we sampled with our pups:
SmartBones® chews are a tasty rawhide-free alternative that has layers of flavors for your dog. The outside layer is made of veggies my dog likes, such as sweet potatoes, carrots, and peas. The inside layer has real chicken. My pup is always really excited when he gets to the center stuff! There are a couple of other varieties in SmartBones® chews, such as Peanut Butter and Dental.
My LGD pup is a really big fan of the SmartBones SmartChews®. These take a while to eat, even for my 110+ pound Great Pyrenees. They are shaped like animals, and are naturally-colored. I like to take these out to him on a day when he's been bored and has no rabbits to chase. He seems to enjoy lazing about and gnawing on them when it's sunny out during the wintertime. It's a nice reward for keeping our farm and livestock safe!
Both dogs cannot get enough of the SmartNaturals®. These are available in two varieties: grass-fed beef/sweet potatoes or grass-fed lamb/rosemary.
My little dog is very possessive of his treat. Gilbert will take one from me, but then insist on eating it alone, unwatched (so getting photo of him enjoying it was very difficult.) If he feels like our small house doesn't give him enough privacy, he'll jump on the back of the couch in our family room, atop a pillow that we keep there, so he can look out the window, watch the chickens, and eat his treat!
SmartBones has so many options for every pup's palate. Check them out on their website, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Wanna win? We are giving one lucky Lille Punkin' reader a prize pack of a $25 VISA gift card and an assortment of SmartBone treats! To be entered to win, just use the form below. You have until January 9th at 11:59 pm EST to get your entries in. Open to U.S. residents only.
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