When it's time to pick out a chew for our furry buddies, it’s more than just grabbing the cutest or the most popular one off the shelf. It's about looking a little deeper and making sure we’re grabbing something that’s not only fun for them but also good for them.
Here are 6 simple steps to picking the best chew for your dog:
Puppies, adult dogs, and seniors have different chewing needs and dental health. For puppies, opt for soft, flexible chews that ease teething discomfort, and for senior dogs, look for something gentle on their teeth and gums. Ensure adults have chews that align with their energy levels and chewing enthusiasm.
Different breeds have unique chewing habits and potential health concerns. Smaller breeds may prefer easy-to-manage chews, while larger ones may need more robust options. Don’t forget to consider any breed-specific dental issues when making your choice.
Identify Chewing Style
Observing how your dog interacts with their chews allows you to select ones that match their chewing style. Voracious chewers might need durable options to prevent them from biting off harmful chunks. Gentle and slow chewers might enjoy a long-lasting treat they can savor over time. And for the playful chewers, a toy that combines fun and functionality could be the ideal pick.
Be mindful of any sensitivities your dog may have, and always watch for any signs of discomfort or allergic reactions when introducing a new chew. When in doubt, choose hypoallergenic options or those made from limited ingredients.
Look at Chew Ingredients
Using the "less is more" guideline for ingredients, opting for single-ingredient chews is the way to go. This guarantees your dog gets a treat that's as wholesome as it is appetizing.
Brand Background Check
When choosing a brand, check where and how they produce their chews. Avoid brands that had problems like recalls in the past and choose those that tell you where their ingredients come from and how their products are made. A trustworthy brand cares about your dog’s happiness and safety, making sure the treats are both tasty and safe.