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Natural animal chews are packed with flavor that dogs love

A Pit Bull dog laying down and chewing on a big rawhide bone

Natural dog chews are made of food animal products such as skin, bones and animal parts.  These chews are all made of natural ingredients that are typically dried to give it a chewy texture.  Natural chews are packed with flavor that dogs love.  There is a variety of natural chews on the market.

Rawhide
Rawhide is made from the inner hide of cows that has been dried.  Avoid giving rawhide chews to puppies as they can be difficult for young dogs to digest.  For adult dogs, rawhide is fine, however it doesn’t last as long as other natural chew choices.

Rolled pig skin
Rolled pig skin comes in shapes that mimic bones.  It’s fine for puppies and adult dogs.

Pig ears
Most dogs love to chew on pig ears, but they can be higher in fat than other natural chew choices, so avoid giving them to your puppy or adult dog too often.  Also, pig ears do not last as long as rolled pig skin (above) or bully sticks (below).

Bully sticks
Bully sticks are made of dried bull penises.  It may sound strange, but dogs love them.  They are fine for puppies and adult dogs and are a good alternative to higher-fat pig ears.

Antlers
Natural antlers are typically cut into round pieces that provide hours of chewing, however they can be a bit pricey.

Some natural chew products come filled – or you can add your own filling – like peanut butter.  This is a great way to provide added flavor as well as physical activity as your dog works to get the treat out of the chew.

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Bigger is not always better when choosing pet beds

Jack Russel Terrier in a dog bed

There are SO many beautiful cat and dog beds on the market.  And for some pet owners, bigger seems to be better – but for your pet, this is often not the case.

Watch how your dog or cat sleeps.  You will often see them curl up in a half-moon shape.  This is done to conserve warmth and contain their own body heat.  So the beds that we find dogs and cats seem to like best are the “cuddlers”  —  oval-shaped beds that match a dog’s or cat’s body size and provide support as they curl up.

So big is not always better.  As long as your dog or cat can fit in the bed, they will be happy.

ADDED NOTE TO NEW PUPPY OWNERS:  Before investing in a dog bed, have your puppy take the chew test.  Use an old blanket folded up into a make-shift bed to see if your puppy is content to use the bed as a bed – or if he or she is more interested in using it as a chew toy.  If the latter is true, you have saved yourself some money and will know to hold off on the bed until your puppy is through the chew stage!

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