Monday, October 28, 2013

Natural Dog Chews

Natural dog chews are a trending dog treat. Pet parents want to give the healthiest dog treats to their furry little ones.

All natural dog treats
All natural dog chews

When looking for a natural chew for your pet, first consider the ones that have a single ingredient. These are the best choices. If you can't find any, then pick chews that are made from all-natural ingredients only.

Finally, if you still can't find any, make your own! Sweet potatoes, dehydrated chicken, or other meats like beef, pork, lamb, or salmon skin can be turned into chews for dogs. The industry is moving towards adding additional flavors like rabbit, kangaroo and crocodile.

Simply dehydrate strips of your dog's favorite food choice from the list above. If you do not have a dehydrator, all you have to do is take the potato or the chicken or other meat and place in the oven at a low temperature (200 degrees F or lower). Let the strips bake until they dry out. Figure at least 3-4 hours, maybe longer depending on your oven. 

If you are looking at store-bought brands, check the ingredients. A good rule of thumb is that if there is an ingredient that you cannot pronounce, chances are good that it is NOT a natural product.

For example, look for product descriptions that contain the following words:
  • All-natural
  • Free range or grass fed
  • No preservatives, additives or fillers
  • No hormones
  • No antibiotics
Be sure to check where the product was made. Consider staying away from foodstuff that says "Made in China" on the package, because the food industry is not highly regulated as it is in the USA and other countries.