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Rawhide chews used to be the go-to for stealing hours of a canine’s attention.

Nowadays many professionals have shined a light on the hazards these “treats” contain. If you’re looking for a healthy, safer alternative for your pup, there are plenty of other options available.


Deer and elk antlers are fantastic treats for your pet. They have multiple benefits like helping your dog maintain healthy, clean teeth and providing essential nutrients his body needs to thrive. Antlers are chock full of potassium, zinc, calcium and manganese to promote a long, lasting life. Best of all, these things stand up to even the toughest chewers. Just make sure you keep an eye on your dog when giving one of these in case he manages to break it.

Sweet Potato Chews

Sweet potatoes are the ultimate light snack for your pup. When cooked properly, they can keep him busy for while you bust out a quick load of laundry or wash the dishes. They’re high in fiber to promote a healthy digestive system and also provide many of the nutrients your dog requires. When dried out in the oven the rough edges offer a great way to help clean your buddy’s teeth.

Frozen Carrots

Frozen carrots are perfect, all natural treats that most dogs love. These orange sticks are already kind of tough to chew through to begin with, but when you toss them in the freezer for a few hours they become even more long lasting. They’re also low on calories so you don’t have to feel guilty about plumping up your pooch.

Bully Sticks

While there’s some debate over whether or not these are any better than rawhides, a lot of pet owners have discovered that bully sticks are a great way to keep your dog happy and busy. They’re expensive to buy and smell pretty awful, but dogs go nuts for them! Just be sure to keep your dog within your sight when giving him one.

Venison Ears

A lot of pet stores have sections full of ear chews, most of which are some variety of pig or beef. Venison chews, however, are low in fat. They’re tough for your pup to chew through, which will make him happy, while also being a healthy treat. They don’t break easily so they pose little in the way of choking hazards, but you’ll probably still want to stay in the room with your dog while he gnaws one of these down.

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