For some canines, even the strongest dog toys can’t withstand their champion chompers. Enter long-lasting dog chews, which are designed specifically for tough chewers.
Long-lasting dog chews come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, so how do you know which ones are best for your pooch? To decide which long-lasting dog chews are best suited for your pet, Laura Weis, DVM, at Doylestown Animal Hospital in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, recommends offering your canine a variety of chews to see what he likes best.
But no matter which chew you choose, Dr. Weis stresses to never leave your dog—of any age or size—unattended with a chew toy, because it can turn into a choking hazard.
Just like how dogs come in all shapes and sizes, long-lasting dog chews do, too. Options range from cheese flavored to natural dog bones.
Here are a few favorites designed to help stop your dog from chewing household items and, instead, enjoy a different taste sensation.
This all-natural dog chew from Bones & Chews is made of Himalayan yak cheese, offering dogs a high-protein treat that contains only four natural ingredients. These treats are long-lasting for many dogs as they methodically chew them to soften the ends before eating them.
This antler from USA Bones & Chews has a hard surface, which helps clean away plaque to leave your dog’s teeth shiny white.
“Lasting toys, such as antlers, bone marrows, knuckle bone, etc., do help keep the teeth clean, but, unfortunately, they can also break the dog’s teeth,” says Danielle Mendelsohn, VMD, DAVDC, a member of the dentistry and oral surgery team at NorthStar Vets in New Jersey.
For that reason, pet parents with dogs who are extremely aggressive chewers should use antlers with caution.
Bully sticks are high-protein beef muscle that pups tend to love. They offer an added benefit by helping to scrape away tartar, so your dog maintains cleaner teeth and they’re easy to digest so they break down easily. You easily can find bully sticks in a range of lengths and thicknesses to suit dogs of all sizes.
This curly bully stick from USA Bones & Chews is made from 100% USA beef and slow-roasted for a smoky flavor.
Dr. Weis suggests offering bully sticks to smaller dogs because they can chew on them easily.
This beef knuckle bone treat, also from USA Bones & Chews, is slow-roasted with tasty tidbits of meat left on for added flavor. If you have a large-breed, strong-jawed dog who loves to chew, this may be a good option.
This edible treat from Nylabone is enhanced with vitamins and minerals to make it a healthful snack for pups. It’s recommended for dogs who have all their permanent teeth, which is typically around 6 months of age or older, and it comes in several sizes. Review the feeding instructions to ensure you choose the correct size for your dog.
Pawstruck Large Collagen Sticks Best longest lasting dog chew for joint health
If youre after a single ingredient formula that will nourish your canine companion from the inside out and taste delicious, these beef collagen sticks from Pawstruck are well worth the investment.
While they may be on the pricier end of the spectrum, this really is a case of getting what you pay for with each stick containing only the highest quality beef from free-range and grass-fed cattle. As for what else is in them? Absolutely nothing!
Flavor-packed and nutrient-rich, these sticks are highly digestible and are made from the deepest layer of beef skin, which comes packed with collagen, glucosamine, and chondroitin, all of which are fantastic for joint health. These ingredients also help soothe the digestive system and repair gut issues, as well as regenerating muscle and aiding flexibility and mobility.
Youll also find these long-lasting chews are ideal for dental health, helping to remove plaque and tartar to keep teeth and gums in tip-top shape. And because theyll keep your pup busy for more than a few seconds, theyre also a great boredom buster.
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SmartBones SmartStick Peanut Butter Chews is an easy to digest, long lasting dog chew that is completely rawhide free. This product contains an outer layer made of vegetables and peanut butter, and a center made of real chicken breast.
They are described as a healthier alternative to rawhide treats, which have the potential to cause intestinal blockages. It is also claimed that they do not pose a choking hazard, and will also not create sharp splinters that could harm your dog as they chew (although it is always advised to watch your pet as they chew their treat, as no food is 100% choke risk free).
This product is suitable for dogs of all sizes over the age of eight weeks old. They also come in a variety of flavors such as beef, chicken, sweet potato, and bacon and cheese. One dog owner said that their ten-week-old terrier/poodle puppy absolutely loved them: “I got a full half hour of peace from those tiny teeth… it takes him about four days to go through one”.
However, as with any treats or food we give to our pets, not all dogs like them or can digest them properly. Some customers have reviewed this product as being dropped on the floor by their dogs “as if to tell me they tasted bad”, as well as giving some pets a “very bad tummy reaction to it.” If your puppy or dog has experienced reactions to food in the past, it’s worth giving them a small amount of a treat when trying out a new product before letting them devour the entire long lasting chew.
Krystn is a passionate pet nutrition enthusiast. She has worked in the pet industry for over a decade and loves to share her passion for animal welfare with others. She loves all animals but is currently channeling some crazy cat lady vibes with her four lovable, but rebellious cats.
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What chews do vets recommend for dogs?
Bully sticks are shaped like natural bones, but they have a softer texture that are more palatable and easy to digest. Bully sticks are some of the best chews to give your dog.