All-natural chews that are safe for my dog

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All-natural chews that are safe for my dog
Be selective when choosing dog chews. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

There are many different types of dog chews and bones marketed as being healthy for dogs. But a closer look reveals a number of discrepancies in those claims. Rawhide chews in particular may even be deadly. Some cause intestinal blockages or are choking hazards, while others are made from unhealthy ingredients. Luckily, there are a number of healthful, safe chews available, but it may require a bit of diligence to locate them.

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Dehydrated Sweet Potatoes

Try dried sweet potatoes for a healthy chew that dogs love. They contain iron, and vitamin C, as well as much needed fibre. You can purchase them at pet shops or make your own. Sweet potato chews can be found in different shapes and sizes, which is handy in accommodating both small or large size dogs. Dried sweet potatoes are very chewy and will occupy your pet for extended periods of satisfied chewing.

Single Sheet Natural Rawhide Chews

Read about rawhide chews and you'll find they are somewhat controversial. However, if chosen carefully, the right type of rawhide can still be an effective and safe chew for your dog. Chews made from a single sheet of rawhide are more difficult to pull apart into pieces that can be swallowed. The more common (and cheaper) rawhide chews are actually pieced together scraps of rawhide that can be dangerous to your pet. And as with any long-lasting chew, supervision is important.

Dental Chews

Find natural dental chews at any pet shop. They are targeted specifically for the teeth and are safe and effective. They provide necessary chewing action and a food treat at the same time. The proteins in this chew make them an easily digestible, chewy treat that takes your dog some time to consume. They are easily digested. The ingredients are gelatin, wheat protein isolate, soy protein isolate, and sodium caseinate. Vitamins and minerals are added to enhance the healthful qualities.

Starch-based Chews

Look for starch-based chews made from vegetables, such as potatoes, at pet stores and online. Starch-based bones are nutritious and take your pet some time to consume, thus providing lots of chewing satisfaction. These chews are gluten-free, wheat-free and sugar-free. They contain fibre, are low-fat and contain no artificial ingredients. They can also be purchased in a variety of fun shapes and colours. Starch-based chews will not damage your pet's teeth and are easily soluble.

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