100% natural goats ears which offer a hypo-allergenic alternative for dogs that have an intolerance to other meat or protein sources. A complementary food given as an occassional treat.
In the shop there is much discussion regarding what is appropriate and safe to give your dog as a chew. We don’t believe that there is a black and white answer to this one but thought it would be handy to provide a guide to some of the most discussed items we provide in the shop and their pros and cons to allow our customers to make a balanced and informed choice about what they give to their dogs.
With regards pizzles/bully sticks (or similar chew products such as goats ears)...
Pizzles (sometimes called Bully Sticks) are Bulls' Penis parts (sorry no nice way of saying it). They are a 100% natural alternative to rawhide chews. They are lower in fat, high in protein and fully digestible.
To Chews: They are often described as a safer alternative to rawhide for puppies as they are generally easier to digest (although we do still recommend that you supervise when they are being eaten). Bulls' Pizzles can aid in keeping gums healthy, removing tartar and can help clean teeth if used regularly. As always though we do like to remind dog owners that nothing beats teeth brushing.
Not to Chews: Whilst Bulls' Pizzles are unlikely to cause a tooth fracture they can still present a choking hazard and we would always recommend supervising and not giving them to a “gulper”.
Some detractors from Pizzles (or other natural dried animal products) argue that with them being a natural product they can contain bacteria. It is true that there would be a risk of bacteria on a Pizzle but dogs' digestion is very different to our own and they tend to be able to cope with this better than we would (as also argued by raw feeders).
For more information about choosing suitable things for your dog to chew on please see our article, To Chews or Not to Chews - Just Dogs guide to the pros & cons of chew treats & toys