Making your own homemade dog chews is attractive, but you need to choose dog chew recipes carefully, as the wrong choice can be dangerous, even deadly for your dog!
Below I’ve given you some tips on picking safe dog chews and dog dental bones for your pet. And a few recipes that you might want to try for your dog.
Dogs love to chew! They chew on everything from your dining room table leg to Suzie's socks. And the reason for all the chewing is two-fold--when they are puppies, they are teething--just like babies.
Older dogs, while they have outgrown the teething phase, chew on things to exercise and clean their teeth and gums. It's instinctive. And it's healthy.
And it's why we buy our pets dog dental bones.
While we don't want our dogs to chew on furniture or clothing, we can easily redirect them to chewing more acceptable items.
My pet bakery, Natural Pet Bakery, developed a line of healthy dog treat chews that your pet will enjoy!
If you are looking for recipes to make healthy and easy homemade dog chews for your dog, you might want to try one of these:
For example, some products have plastic or nylon pieces that can actually clog up the intestines. These products may be just fine when your dog is still a small puppy.
My miniature schnauzer Skipper loved to chew on nylabone dog bones when she was little. She would chew away for hours at a time and very little of the bone was consumed.
However, when Skipper reached 6 months of age, we gave her a nylabone dog dental bone, and she ate most of the bone in half an hour. Luckily she was able to pass it all.
We were fortunate, as she could easily have had a blockage. At 6 months, she was a much stronger chewer than she was at 8 weeks. The nylabone dog bones were no longer safe for her to chew.
You can read more about this issue by reading Dr Debbye Turner's article, Dangers of Dog Chews.
When choosing dog chews for your dog:
Homemade dog chews may not be the best choice for a strong and powerful chewer.
Make sure your dog can handle the toys and chews that you give him.
The bottom line is that dog chews can be very healthy for your dog--but you must make good decisions on choosing them and you should always supervise the chewing activity!