THINK LIKE GOLDILOCKS.

You’re looking for a size that’s just right. If it’s too big, it could hurt your pet’s jaw or crack their teeth. And if it’s too small, it could be a choking hazard.


GIVE THEM A CHALLENGE.

The beauty of chews is that they’re mentally stimulating. It’s the pet equivalent of doing a puzzle or zoning out with a good book. That’s why you want to make sure they’re strong enough to be fun, but not so hard that it’s frustrating or painful.

TAKE CARE OF THEIR TEETH.

Pets can’t enjoy chews without a good set of chompers. Luckily, chews work a little like flossing — they help scrape off plaque build-up as your pet gnaws. Some specialty dental chews go the extra mile at fighting plaque and tartar and are even made to freshen breath, so be sure to work them in regularly (in addition to brushing your pet’s teeth and giving them dental supplements).

REMEMBER TO KEEP AN EYE OUT.

Chew time is a great way to distract your dog and entertain them, but you should definitely stick around to supervise. When small pieces of chew break off, be sure to throw them away before they become a choking hazard. You also might want to consider learning pet CPR.

GIVE THEM A CHALLENGE.

Dogs aren’t the only ones with this animal instinct. Cats like chewing too, and it’s an easy way to help them with their dental health and give them mental stimulation.