From bull parts to sweet potatoes: Quirky & healthy chews for dogs


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You don’t want your dog chewing on your shoes, but what if he’s gnawing on a dried-up bull, um, pecker? Or on an antler?

Chews for dogs with creative ingredients have been popping up in pet stores everywhere, and they’re a great option for all kinds of picky pups, whether your dog needs a chew that’s allergy-free, nutrient-rich or just extra-fun to gnaw on. Whichever option you choose, make sure they’re the right size for your dog — picking a chew that’s too large or too small can be a choking hazard.


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Bull penises
Generally called bully sticks — a smart marketing move — these dried chews are also known as beef pizzle, beef stick and steer stick. (Commence the giggling.) Despite the somewhat strange source, these chews claim to be full of protein, low in fat and an all-natural alternative to more heavily processed rawhide. Popular brands include Best Bully Sticks and Merrick Bully Sticks.


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Made from naturally fallen deer antlers, these allergy-safe chews are a great alternative to chewing on bones, which can splinter and damage a dog’s digestive tract. Instead of splintering, antlers dissolve into a powder that contains calcium. Try Scout & Zoe’s brand or Antlerz.


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Salmon skin
Vital Choice offers chews made of 100% wild-caught salmon skin. The omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon can help improve your dog’s coat and boost his immune system.



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Sweet potatoes
Dogs need to eat their veggies, too, and these chews help get that job done while providing vitamin A, vitamin B6, potassium and more. Plus, they don’t get smelly like some animal-based chews do. Try Sam’s Yams from Front Porch Pets.