A couple of weeks ago, the Krazy for Pets newsletter arrived in my inbox (what? Your dog doesn’t have e-mail?). This particular article talked about a really unique product called Himalayan Dog Chews. These chews are a type of cheese made using an ancient recipe perfect by Himalayan locals. The chews are 100% natural, fair trade, and only contain the ingredients yak milk, cow milk, lime and salt.
My mom was incredibly curious about the chews, and always wanting to feature unique products on my blog, she contacted the company and asked if they were willing to send us a sample. They were more than happy to send us some! I was under the impression that the Himalayan Dog Chews were going to be slightly soft as they are a cheese. Surprisingly, the chews were hard and smelled faintly of hay (the stuff cows and horses like to eat). I didn’t quite know what to do with it at first. I threw it around a bit and pounced on it, but after a nibble I realized it was quite tasty. Because of the hardness (similar to that of a nylabone), it took me over an hour just to eat 1/4 of it. My mom took it away from me at that point as she wanted to see if the chew would aggravate my tummy. There were no symptoms (loose or runny stool, gas, vomiting) of it upsetting my colitis, so I was cleared to not only finish the first treat, but to also start on the other two in the package! The chews left no stains and hardly any crumbs so it was couch approved too.
There is some discrepancy in the pet community as to whether or not dairy, and therefore cheese, is good for dogs. As long as a dog is not allergic, cheese should be fine in moderation. In fact, a lot of reward-based obedience trainers use little cubes of cheese to praise good behavior. So, if your dog isn’t allergic to milk, Himalayan Dog Chews would be prefect, especially if you’re looking for something to keep your dog busy or have a heavy chewer. It took me at least a week or so to finish off my first chew, and it definitely gave my jaw a work out.
Make sure you check out the Himalayan Dog Chew website for their FAQ and a list of stores that carry the treats organized by state and province. If you would like to order online, Krazy for Pets carries small and medium.
Happy tail wags!
(FTC disclosure: I was supplied Himalayan Dog Chews by the company for free with the intent of writing a review of their product.)