April 16, 2013

A Natural and Safe Alternative to Traditional Chew Toys

Barkworthies All-Natural Odor Free Bully SticksIf you didn’t already know, Barkworthies products are a safer, all-natural and more environmentally friendly alternative to your normal spread of dog treats and chews. Many pet owners are totally unaware of the inherent dangers associated with many common chews. Let’s take a look at a couple types of products on today’s shelves that could be doing more harm than good.


One of the most commonly used materials in the production of dog chews on the market today is rawhide. Despite it being common, it isn’t safe, plain and simple. From production to consumption, there are a variety of reasons to avoid giving your dog rawhide.

Composed of dehydrated animal hide, rawhide is essentially an unusable scrap of leather. These scrap pieces of hide don’t always come from slaughterhouses either. A lack of quality controls, especially in foreign countries where there are fewer regulations, poses a huge threat to both the well being of your dog and the environments in which they’re being produced.

Dogs generally think of these chews as food, not toys, and will act accordingly. Small indigestible pieces pose not only an initial choking hazard but vastly increase the chance of digestive issues. These dehydrated bits expand inside the body and may lead to more severe issues including intestinal blockage, swelling and pain. Alternative or reconstituted rawhide products have artificial ingredients and still pose many of the same dangers. After all, it is still rawhide.

Barkworthies Lamb Ears are all-natural and Made in the USA. They make a fantastic alternative to rawhide treats. Similar in size and shape, these treats are not only high in protein, but 100% digestible and super durable!


Barkworthies strongly encourages people to stray away from giving their pets cooked bones. While they’re certainly delicious, great for oral health and the marrow provides some fantastic nutrients — they are very dangerous. Cooked bones crack and splinter with ease. Add a hungry dog to the mix, and it’s a recipe for a trip to the vet.

Raw bones pose little or no risk compared to their cooked counterparts. Barkworthies has a variety of acceptable replacements for cooked bones. From our all-natural grass-fed Femur Bone to our sustainably harvested Giant Elk Antlers straight from the Rocky Mountains, our treats are sure to please!

Barkworthies All-Natural Lamb EarsA Better Way

As dog owners ourselves, we at Barkworthies care about the well being of your pets and continuously strive to provide you with both the safest and highest quality treats possible. So, next time you consider picking up a new rawhide treat or throwing your dog a bone (no pun intended), check out our full line of all-natural dog products over at Barkworthies instead. Our ever growing line of all-natural products are sure to meet not only your standards, but your dog’s as well!

Head over to Barkworthies.com and browse our entire catalog of all-natural dog treats available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook Twitter to get the latest news and online deals!

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