Who doesn't love spoiling their puppy!? Your goodest boy or girl deserves ALL the treats
But with SO many options, how do you know what's good, or what to avoid? Here's some products we recommend you stay far away from, and some how to's on choosing good treats for your puppy
SAY NO TO RAWHIDE What are the most common risks with rawhide? - Contamination: rawhide chews contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals did you know rawhide goes through more bleaching processes and is soaked in more chemicals than shoe leather!? It's even less digestible!
- Illness: there's also the risk of contaminants such as E-Coli and Salmonella, which can make both you and your dog sick!
- Digestive Irritation: rawhides frequently cause stomach upset including diarrhea (rawhide doesn't really break down and is hard to digest) Did you know rawhide isn't considered a food product!?
And the biggest dangers
CHOCKING AND INTESTINAL BLOCKAGES! Rawhide swells up in size once it's been swallowed. This means it can become too large to go past the esophagus, get stuck in their throat, and block their windpipe, leading to choking to death. If your dog does manage to swallow rawhide, it can swell up and cause intestinal blockages which, if not caught early enough, can lead to death.
With SO many safer, healthier alternatives, there's NO reason to buy rawhides for your dog!
AVOID PIG PRODUCTS Pig products, especially pig ears, have been recalled MANY times due to Salmonella Pig products usually give dogs diarrhea and stomach upset as well
OUT OF COUNTRY TREATS Only ever buy treats that are made in Canada or the USA. Make sure to read the package and check the products origin. Treats that are made in other countries such as China, are not safe for consumption. There have been numerous recalls and dog deaths from dangerous out of country treats
So how do you pick a safe, healthy and yummy treat for your puppy?
We recommend visiting your local pet store! Talk to the staff, they'll be able to tell you what their own dogs favorite is, and what the stores view is on things like rawhide (which they shouldn't sell!) They'll also be able to direct you towards treats that are appropriate for your puppy or dogs age and stage of life Remember, only buy a few treats at a time as getting one of everything for your dog can make them sick. It's possible they might also have an allergy to something, so try one product at a time (like chicken before fish) And ALWAYS supervise your pet when they are having a treat or a chew