Author: Haley Gibbs
Traditional rawhides have been around for ages and have historically been a go-to chew for dogs, once dominating the market. However, they aren’t the best choice of chews for a variety of factors, and there are lots of excellent rawhide alternatives for dogs, which we’ll explore in this blog post.
Traditional rawhides are chemically treated and largely indigestible for your four-legged friend. In fact, the ASPCA discourages the consumption of rawhide for dogs. Many owners enjoy the fact that rawhides provide a long-lasting chew for entertaining their pet. But today’s dog owners are becoming more conscious as to what ingredients are included in dog food and treats along with where they're sourced from, and there are great alternatives to rawhide for dogs that are healthier, safer, and still offer a tasty, long-lasting chew for medium-to-heavy chewers.
What are Rawhides?
Traditional rawhides are made from dried animal skin using different animal ingredients. There are a wide variety of standards when creating this specific product, with many using chemical processing, and it depends on the manufacturer to discern what standards they choose to adhere to. Since they’re meant to be long-lasting chews, rawhides break down into smaller and softer pieces, but the processing that most traditional rawhide products undergo can render them indigestible, which could result in gastrointestinal obstructions for the dogs that chew them. Contamination and digestive distress are just a few of the risks associated with rawhides, which can make them life-threatening for some dogs.
Best Rawhide Alternative: Natural Farm Collagen Sticks
If your dog devours treats in record time, you need to try our rawhide bone alternative: Collagen Sticks. Made with just one ingredient from free-range, grass-fed cattle, they make a perfect treat for medium-to-heavy chewers and typically last longer than bully sticks. They’re naturally rich in nutrients like collagen, glucosamine and chondroitin that support joint flexibility, bone strength, a shiny coat and an active mind. Not to mention they’re also grain-free, hormone-free, and chemical-free, all while being odorless — which is always a win! With both six- and twelve-inch options, they’re the perfect long-lasting chew for dogs big and small and an excellent rawhide alternative for dogs.
Collagen promotes joint, skin, coat and digestive health, making it not only a healthy treat, but also highly digestible for dogs when in a chew form. While Collagen Sticks are made from 100% natural beef skin, they’re derived from the innermost layer called the corium which is softer, safer, and better than what’s used in traditional rawhide products, and they’re completely free of chemicals, hormones and antibiotics. We only use the best ingredients so you can feel safe feeding your dog collagen sticks from Natural Farm.
Best Rawhide Alternative: Natural Farm Gourmet Collagen Sticks
A twist on the classic collagen sticks, the Gourmet Collagen Sticks combine our irresistible collagen chews with an all-natural beef coating for an extra bold and flavorful chewing experience. Made from free-range, grass-fed, all-natural beef and without any of the bad stuff like chemicals, additives, hormones, and antibiotics. Each stick contains 95% collagen and premium quality beef for long-lasting fun that’s rich in amino acids for brain health, bone density, a healthy coat, and joint support. These treats also promote healthy gums and teeth by scraping away tartar and plaque while your pup chews them. With four-, six-, and twelve-inch options, they’re the perfect chew for dogs of any size that need a more durable chew option, and they also make for wonderful alternatives to rawhide for dogs.
Best Rawhide Alternative: Natural Farm Beef Tendon
For better weight control, muscle health, and dental health, our Beef Tendon dog chews make a great choice for medium chewers and teething puppies. Rich in glucosamine and chondroitin, your pup can safely indulge, all while protecting their hip and joint health. With one single ingredient — 100% natural beef tendon made from grass fed, free-range cattle — there’s absolutely no chemicals, hormones, additives, artificial flavors, or grains for a high-quality and healthy chew you can trust, an exceptional rawhide substitute for dogs.
About Natural Farm
Natural Farm creates all-natural dog treats and chews that are farmed responsibly and crafted with care. The company’s hormone-free, chemical-free products come from local suppliers of free-range, grass-fed cattle, and Natural Farm controls every step of production, including sourcing, lab testing and packaging.
Natural Farm is environmentally conscious with certified green packaging made of 51% renewable sugar cane and recyclable materials, and supports reforestation projects and other important nonprofit initiatives around the world that benefit people, pets, and the planet.
Choose the very best rawhide bone alternatives for your pet by selecting Natural Farm today! Click the button below to browse our products:View All Treats
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