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Treat Safe This New Year: 3 RawHide-Free Options for Your Pet

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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  FacebookTwitter, 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.


*The SmartBones information, product samples, and gift cards, and have been provided by PetMatrix.

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85 comments

  1. Hi, The Grass Fed Beef/Sweet Potatoes flavor is what our Beagle and two Huskies would enjoy!
    Thanks, Cindi

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  2. My dog would love beef with sweet potato.

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  3. I would hope he would like the SmartBones® Peanut Butter chews. I love peanut butter so much.

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  4. I think my dog would like the Smart Sticks.
    Thank you!

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  5. Our dog would love Peanut Butter Flavor!

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  6. My dog would love the beef with sweet potato

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  7. Our dogs would enjoy the SmartBones Beerf with Sweet Potato.
    thank you

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  8. My dog would like the smart sticks.

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  9. Our dogs would like the SmartNaturals grass-fed beef/sweet potatoes best.

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  10. The Smart Sticks Stuffed Twists my dog would love.

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  11. They would like the Smart Bones stuffed twistz.

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  12. My dog would enjoy the SmartBones Beef with Sweet Potato.

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  13. My dogs would like the SmartBones Beef with Sweet Potato. We have 8 rescue dogs

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  14. Our dog would like the Beef and Sweet Potatoes flavor the most.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  15. My granddaughter would love the Smart bones beef with sweet potato.

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  16. He would love the beef recipe.

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  17. The lamb for sure! she loves that stuff!

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  18. Which treat is the stinkiest? That's what my little pup would love most. Let's vote for the Smart Naturals Lamb with Rosemary.

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  19. I think my dog would like the Stuffed Twists!

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  20. He would like the Lamb with Rosemary smart naturals Rosanne

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  21. I was excited to enter this contest but then I read that SmartBones are manufactured in China. :-( I encourage everyone to read up on the product before giving it to their dog. There's also a helpful FB group for information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/342467355771185/?ref=br_tf&qsefr=1. Thanks for the giveaway but I'm going to sit this one out.

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  22. I think my dogs would love the beef sticks

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  23. I think he would love the Stuffed Twistz!

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  24. My girls would like the stuffed twists.

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  25. They would both really love the SmartBones SmartChews®

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  26. I think my dogs would like the stuffed twistz.

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  27. She would like the Beef with sweet potato!

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  28. I-think-little-Shihtzu-Emma-would-like-the-STUFFED-TWISTZ-the-best.

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  29. I think my friend's dog would like he PEANUT BUTTER
    CLASSIC BONE CHEWS best.

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  30. My furbabies would love the beef recipe with sweet potato.
    heymissvirginia at embarqmail dot com

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  31. My dog would definitely like the smart chews shaped like animals, and would especially love the beef recipe with sweet potatoe taste, thanks

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  32. I think my dog would like the Stuffed Twistz the best.

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  33. My furbaby would love The SmartBone Stuffed Twistz.

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  34. my 2 would like the beef with sweet potato treat

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  35. I think beef would be the winner.

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  36. My 3 dogs would love all of these but there favorite would probably be stuffed-twistz

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  37. My James would love the stuffed twistz. Thank you for the chance to win for him.

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  38. My dog would like the beef sticks

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  39. My dog would eat any of them, but probably the smart sticks best!

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  40. I think my dog would really like the lamb with rosemary treats.

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  41. Oh they would love them all...but I think they would really love the Stuffed Twistz!!!

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  42. I think they would like the smart bones stuffed twistz.

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  43. My dog would love the Smart Sticks

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  44. I think he'd like the Beef with Sweet Potato treats!

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  45. I think my pooch would like the SmartBones SmartChews®. Honestly, she loves ALL treats!

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  46. My dog would love the SmartBones SmartChews because she really likes treats that take some time and effort!

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  47. My granddog would love the SmartBones with beef and sweet potato.

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  48. Our dog would love the beef and sweet potato!!

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  49. We call our pomeranian, NOM NOM because she eats everything! So she would surely munch any of it up!

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  50. my dogs would love the beef and sweet potato flavor

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  51. My 2 boys would like the Smart Chews. They tend to eat their treats really fast so i like to find treats that will last them a little bit.

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  52. My best friend would love the Smart Sticks.

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  53. The SmartBone Stuffed Twistz sounds like the one Ms D would like most.

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  54. I think Pudge would love Smart Naturals beef and sweet potato best. They all sound yummy! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you! Happy 2017!

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  55. My pug would like the Smart Chews.

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  56. I think our small guys would like the SmartNaturals the best and our medium size guy would probably like all of them, especially the SmartBones SmartChews.

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  57. My dog would love the Beef with Sweet Potato treats.

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  58. Our Bella would like the lamb treats. She only eats lamb dog food so it's a given. lol Thank you!

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  59. my dogs would love to have the SmartBones® chews

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  60. My dog would love beef with sweet potato

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  61. I know he would like the beef with sweet potato, he seems to prefer jerky type treats.

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  62. Our Rusty would love the SmartBone Stuffed Twistz.
    Laurie Emerson

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  63. I think my dog Spike would love the stuffed twists, He loves stick chews and the stuffing would be the extra treat! thank you for such an awesome giveaway! Spike would love this!

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  65. Our dog would love the smart sticks

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  66. My 2 dogs would like Smart Bones Beef with Sweet Potato. Thanks for a chance.

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  67. The Stuffed Twistz would make my sister's dog happy.

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  68. Our dog would love the beef with sweet potato!

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  69. My friends pup would love the Sweet Potato Classic Bone Chews

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  70. I think my Cattle dog Dash would love the sticks but Queenie the Jack Russell would like the meaty treats!

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  71. the dogs would love the beef/sweet potato!

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  72. My dog would like the SmartBones SmartChews® and these will help keep his teeth clean too.

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  73. My Boxer would like the Smart Sticks and my Terrier mix would like the stuffed twistz. They would like them all.

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  74. MY PET WOULD LOVE THE PEANUT BUTTER CHEWS.

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  75. Our dog would like the beef sticks

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  76. My Boston terrier would like the Smart Naturals best. He brings his chews to us and chews them ON us. It's his way of showing he trusts us.

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  77. I didn't know that you have a working LGD, that's so cool to see them doing what thousands of years selection meant them to do.

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