With many students and teachers returning to school, September is often a busy time for people and their beloved pets. When it comes to our furry friends, this change can bring increased anxiety or boredom as the days grow shorter and our schedules get busier. Providing Earth Animal No-Hide® Chews and other toys is a way to share joy, soothe separation anxiety, and maintain mental stimulation when ample exercise or playtime with our pups is reduced because of changing schedules. As a bonus, chewing our No-Hides also promotes healthy teeth and gums by reducing plaque and tartar buildup.
There’s no hiding it: delicious, digestible, and all-natural No-Hide Chews are strongly preferred by pets— however it’s important to keep your pet’s safety top of mind. That’s why we’ve created Chew School, an essential guide to selecting the right size— no matter what kind of chew you choose— and supervising chew time to keep your furry friends safe.
Selecting the Right Size
When it comes to safety, size matters! The right size chew should be large enough so that it cannot be swallowed whole. If your pet is a Muncher or Destroyer and they tend to gulp, we recommend selecting a larger chew. If in doubt, always size up!
We’ve included our size chart below. This can be found on every package of No-Hide Chews.
Don’t forget about our feline friends! Our No-Hide STIX are ideal for not only small dogs, but cats too! For playful cats, our STIX double as a tasty treat and fun toy to bat around and chase after. For bonus joy, add a dash of catnip to the bag and shake it up!
Supervise, Supervise, Supervise
Whether your pet is a Nibbler, Gnawer, or more persistent chewer, it’s important to always supervise chew time. Supervision allows you to remove pieces that are too large to be safely swallowed and monitor for gulping.
Below are must-have safety tips for supervision:
- Discard small, unrolled pieces of No-Hide (or any chewed item) to avoid the risk of them getting stuck in the throat or airway if swallowed.
- Take away the chew when it becomes small enough to swallow whole.
- Be mindful of our flat-faced friends (such as pugs, bulldogs, shih tzus, etc.) as their physiology and enthusiasm for chewing makes them more susceptible to choking.
By choosing the right size and always supervising chew time, you are helping to preserve the joy and safety of chewing. Earth Animal’s No-Hide Chews are compassionately sourced, highly delicious and digestible, and crafted right in Lancaster, PA. They are veterinarian formulated to bring cheer to even the most anxious pets while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Be sure to complete our interactive Chew School training to earn 20% off your next order on earthanimal.com. And remember – supervise, supervise, supervise!