The best long lasting chews are ones that are healthy, grain-free, perhaps single ingredient and easy to digest. They should be made within North America to ensure quality, and should be wheat, corn and soy free!
Elk antlers and deer antlers are excellent choices for long lasting chews. I've had one that lasted approximately 8 months, but the length in which they last depends entirely on each individual dog. Elk and deer antlers are easy to digest, contain a spongy marrow in the center, are 100% all natural, taste great, don't leave a mess or stain, and are full of vitamins and minerals! It is also fair to mention that elk and deer antlers look pretty cool on your floor!
Beef tendons, much like bully sticks, are 100% pure digestible protein. These treats are made from the Achilles tendon of cattle, and last fairly long. They are single-protein treats as well, which it good for dogs with sensitive stomachs or food allergies.
Raw knuckle bones and marrow bones are very long lasting, delicious and nutritious chews. Make sure you get the raw bones from a safe local supplier such as a butcher or raw food business. Get a bone sized appropriate for your dog, you don't want them to be able to swallow it or break it apart and swallow the pieces. Raw bones are safe, but some dogs tend to try to crack bones in half and may damage their teeth. This goes for any hard chew, so keep watch and make sure you dog is chewing and gnawing as opposed to trying to break it and swallow it.
Z-Bones by Zukes are healthy alternatives to poor quality dental chews like Greenies, DentaStix or the VET brands. These are grain-free, whole food ingredient treat bones that will last longer than regular treats. Depending on the dog, they can last from 5 to 15 minutes. You also have the benefit of herbs and beta-carotene with the Z-Bones!
Giving your dog something to chew on relieves boredom, helps promote clean teeth, can be a source of nutrition and exercises their genetic instinct to chew on something! A variety of different chews on rotation can prove to be very rewarding and exciting for your dog!
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