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A few years ago, I wrote a post listing five alternatives to rawhide chews.  Over the past few years, I've been introduced to a host of alternatives to rawhide chews, so it's time for an UPDATE!

Today, we have four big, active, raw fed dogs who love a quiet chew (and I enjoy the peace as well).

Dangers of Rawhide Chews for Dogs

Rodrigo is a fast, tough chewer, and too many times I found myself fishing a chunk of rawhide from his throat that he tried to swallow whole.   But that wasn't enough for me to stop buying them.  One afternoon, Rodrigo was stretching, yawning, and panting.  I quickly Googled the symptoms and found that he could have an intestinal blockage.  After a quick call to the emergency vet, I was going to wait it out since he a vet visit wasn't necessary in the moment.  Shortly after, he pooped out blood and a very long, sharp piece of rawhide.

Never again.

Rawhide chews are a danger, in my opinion, to dogs that chew fast and try to swallow big chunks at once.  Ideally, dogs are supposed to soften them up while chewing and drooling all over them, but that always the case with Rodrigo.  On top of the risk of blockage or choking, rawhides are also dangerous, because…

  • if you don't know the source, you could be exposing your dogs to poisons and glue used to make the chew.
  • some rawhide chews are too hard and can result in your dog breaking a tooth.
  • rawhide chews can be difficult for some dogs to digest, resulting in vomiting and diarrhea.

With this list of 28 alternatives, why bother taking the risk of giving your dog rawhide chews?  The following is a list of chews that I give to my dogs.

28 Safe Alternatives to Rawhide Chew Dog Treats

28 Alternatives to Rawhide Chews for Dogs

Bully Sticks

  1. Traditional (Straight) Bully Sticks
  2. Braided Bully Sticks
  3. Bully Stick Rings
  4. Bully Stick Springs
  5. Bully Sticks Pretzels
  6. Bully Sticks Barbells
  7. Beef Gullet
  8. Beef Tendon

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28 Safe Alternatives to Rawhide Chew Dog Treats

Raw Bones

  1. Raw Meaty Bones – Duck Necks
  2. Raw Meaty Bones – Lamb Necks
  3. Recreational Bones – Beef Knuckle Bones
  4. Recreational Bones – Beef Knee Caps

I order raw bones for our dogs through our local raw food co-op.  The beef knuckle bones and beef knee caps are from Vital Essentials Raw.

Random Chews

  1. Pork Ears
  2. Lamb Ears
  3. Cow Ears
  4. Duck Feet
  5. Turkey Feet
  6. Beef Trachea
  7. Dehydrated Turkey Necks, Vital Essentials Raw
  8. Lamb Tail, Barkworthies
  9. Kangaroo Tail, Barkworthies
  10. No Hide Chews CLICK HERE to learn why this has been crossed out.

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28 Safe Alternatives to Rawhide Chew Dog Treats

Fruits and Vegetables

  1. Frozen Carrots
  2. Frozen Apples
  3. Frozen Sweet Potatoes
  4. Frozen Green Beans (not a chew, but a yummy snack on a hot day)

We have two apple trees.  I buy organic fruits and vegetables from a local market; I'm in the process of creating a container garden to grow my vegetables.

Fish Skin Chews

  1. Beams by The Honest Kitchen (catfish)
  2. Alaskan Salmon Skin by Barkworthies

Natural Chews I Don't Give to My Dogs

I don't give our dogs chews made from chicken.  When choosing fish skin chews, I check to see where the fish is sourced, and I make sure they aren't greasy.  And I don't give our dogs deer or elk antlers because Rodrigo is such a strong chewer that I worry that he'll break a tooth.

If there are natural chews that you've found to be a hit with your dog, share them in the comments below.

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28 Safe Alternatives to Raw Hide Chews, Keep the Tail Wagging®

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