Pig Ears for Dogs - Is It Healthy Dog Treat?

  • 26/10/2018
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Dogs love and need to chew bones at one given point. Chewing helps in the mental stimulation, exercise, and keeps the dog-teeth clean. The process of chewing is fun and relaxing for dogs. Whenever dogs are not given plenty opportunities for chewing, they create their own, which is never a good thing.

So, have you ever tried dehydrated strips, drums or Pig Ears? Well, dog owner’s are always on the lookout for dog treats to serve their pets. Such treats help keep the dogs entertained and happy. Besides, it also helps provide a balance of nutrients that your pet require.

One of the pet products that has gained fame is the pigs’ ear treat. So, should you feed your dog on pig ears? Well, in equal measures there are those who are for and against the feed. In this article, therefore, we highlight some of the concerns dog owners have in regards to the pig's ear treat. Pig ear treats have plenty of healthy benefits, affordable and offer a variant treat for your dogs. Highlighted below are some of the benefits.

1. Packed with Protein

Protein is a crucial ingredient for the overall health of your dog. It helps in keeping their muscles strong. In addition, it helps them form new skin and hair cells. Notably, pig ear is a great source of protein. In fact, it has a protein percentage of about 69%. Apart from the protein, pigs’ ear treat is also rich in Omega 3 and 6 acids for cholesterol regulation. The cholesterol check helps in maintaining a healthy heart in dogs. Besides, they can help improve joint health since they have a high concentration of glucosamine and chondroitin.

2. Best Treat for Health dog Teeth

Most natural dog treats help aid in the overall oral health of dogs, and pig ears treat are no different. During the chewing process, pig ears help remove plaques in teeth. Additionally, it can help dislodge food residues that can cause teeth damage and stains. Since dog dental work is expensive, you can take advantage of this natural way of ensuring that your dog’s teeth are kept clean all the time.

3. Pig Ears treats are affordable

If you are looking for an alternative to your dog treats, look no further. Pig ears dog treats are the best alternative. They are cheap and last longer; thus, making them an affordable investment. However, all depends on your dog’s chewing style.

4. You can prepare them at home

One of the greatest benefits of pig ear is that you can prepare them at home. To do this, you can follow the following steps.

-Visit your local butcher and order for pig ears.

-Wash and clean them.

-Cut them into smaller strips or squares.

-Coat them with oil. Always try to use olive oil.

-Bake them for almost six hours and pre-heat them in an oven at 350 degrees.

Moreover, some people prefer boiling the pig ears and roasting them. Depending on the route you want to take, these pig ear treats give you the advantage to do it yourself.

Besides having numerous merits, pig ears have some shortfalls.

a. Contain Salmonella

Probably one of the greatest demerits of pig ears. It can affect humans especially children. A study by the Journal of Food Protection found that over 4% of the pig ears packed for commercial dog treats contain salmonella. Salmonella can cause fever, abdominal pain and nausea. Thus, you need to keep pig ear treats away from kids.

b. High-Calorie Count

Pig ears treat contain high counts of calorie. Thus, if you feed your dog on them more often, they are likely to gain more weight. If consumed in high amounts, pig ear treats can lead to obesity on your pets.

c. Upset digestive system

Pig ear treats on the first account can lead to diarrhea in your pets. They affect dogs due to that fact that they are greasy; thus, they are prone to upset dog stomachs. If your dog has a sensitive stomach, then pig ears treat may not be the best food for them.

Final thoughts

Pig ears are tasty treats that you can give your dog; however, they should be given in moderation. It can be done depending on how active your pet is. As long as there are no medical reasons not to give your dog pi ears treat, then you are free to feed them on this nutritious treat. In addition, always remember that there are too many critics without credentials. 

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Comments (1)

Said this on 29/10/2018 At 06:24 pm

What a good idea to use pig ears as dog treats. Thanks for sharing...

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