The saying suggests that you should give a dog a bone but we've found it's better to hand your four-legged friend the longest lasting dog chews instead. That way, your dog will hopefully decide to get their teeth round a tasty treat and leave your shoes and furniture well alone. Not only will it be good for domestic bliss, it'll be tastier for your pooch too, we'd suspect.
The main benefit (for you) of long lasting dog chews is the sheer time it takes for them to be eaten. Some will keep a dog occupied for hours but some will even last days. There are certainly few better distractions and they also mean you'll get some peace and quiet. Your pooch won't be constantly flashing their puppy dog eyes at you for more treats, that's for sure.
But are there benefits for your dog too? Of course. Most canines love to chew and doing so will give their jaws a work out and help with dental health by cleaning their teeth. As they do so, they'll be relieving boredom and anxiety and getting a supply of protein, fat and minerals. Chews also supplement the best dog food and they're as delicious as dog treats. But because they take a while to eat, they shouldn't spoil a canine's appetite between meals.
Now, don't grab the first chew you see. You'll need to consider whether it is appropriate for your dog's size and breed. Some chews are high in fat and calories and they will, over time, do little to help a canine's diet. If your dog has an allergy then, again, you should only seek appropriate long lasting dog chews, preferably those made from natural formulas that are free from allergens.
If you're unsure, read our guide to specially formulated dog treats for sensitive stomachs. Then take a look at our pick of long lasting dog chews and get a few stored away in the pantry.
PetRadar's pick of the best long lasting dog chews
SmartBones SmartSticks Peanut Butter Chews
Best overall long-lasting dog chew
Supplements: Enriched in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E and B12 | Free from: 100% rawhide-free | Size: Five inches long
SmartBones SmartStick Peanut Butter Chews is an easy to digest, long lasting dog chew that is completely rawhide free. This product contains an outer layer made of vegetables and peanut butter, and a center made of real chicken breast.
They are described as a healthier alternative to rawhide treats, which have the potential to cause intestinal blockages. It is also claimed that they do not pose a choking hazard, and will also not create sharp splinters that could harm your dog as they chew (although it is always advised to watch your pet as they chew their treat, as no food is 100% choke risk free).
This product is suitable for dogs of all sizes over the age of eight weeks old. They also come in a variety of flavors such as beef, chicken, sweet potato, and bacon and cheese. One dog owner said that their ten-week-old terrier/poodle puppy absolutely loved them: “I got a full half hour of peace from those tiny teeth… it takes him about four days to go through one”.
However, as with any treats or food we give to our pets, not all dogs like them or can digest them properly. Some customers have reviewed this product as being dropped on the floor by their dogs “as if to tell me they tasted bad”, as well as giving some pets a “very bad tummy reaction to it.” If your puppy or dog has experienced reactions to food in the past, it’s worth giving them a small amount of a treat when trying out a new product before letting them devour the entire long lasting chew.
Bones & Chews Slim Beef Gullet Stick
Best budget long-lasting chew
Supplements: Single-ingredient, all-beef chew with no additional vitamins and minerals | Free from: Chemicals or preservatives | Size: Five to six inches long
Bones & Chews Slim Beef Gullet Stick is exactly what it says on the packet: 100% beef gullet (a cow’s esophagus, which is the part that connects the throat and stomach). Unlike some of the other long lasting chews, these sticks are thin and hollow, making them perfect for a quick and instant reward. As well as helping to keep your pets teeth and gums clean, this product provides dogs with a good source of chondroitin, which has the potential to boost your dog’s joint health.
The product is described as being treated with irradiation, which is the exposure to radiation such as alpha or X-ray particles. When it comes to food, irradiation is used to kill any parasites or bacteria that could potentially cause disease.
One customer’s beagles sounded like they thoroughly enjoyed their Slim Beef Gullet Sticks – “My beagles are addicted to the turkey tendon chews and have been super finicky… but they did like these!... A good alternative to turkey chews, which are quite expensive”.
Some dog owners have commented on how quickly their dog eats this product due to it’s thick and hollow tube-like design – “My dog usually takes three to four days to eat a normal bully stick, and she ate this in less than a minute”. Whereas others have described the product as turning into a “long stringy chewy mess” instead of breaking off into easy to swallow pieces, which caused their dog to choke as they attempted to swallow it whole.
Jack&Pup Pork Femur Dog Bones
Best for aggressive chewers
Supplements: No additional supplements – just pork bones and beef jerky | Free from: Artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives | Size: 10 inches in length
Want a mega-sized treat that will keep larger dogs distracted for days? Then these slow roasted 10-inch pork bones wrapped in tough beef jerky are for you.
Pleasingly, there are no other ingredients other than the hand-picked bone and the beef wrap, so you can be confident that there are no fillers or artificial additives. The manufacturers also boast they are sourced from quality pigs and free-range grass-fed cattle untreated by hormones and antibiotics. What's more, the roasting process eliminates all bacteria and contaminates, making their consumption fully safe. Filled with nutritious marrowbone, protein and natural vitamins, this is one treat you won't be feeling guilty about giving them.
Because these are hard femur bones that they will be chewing on for days, they will also help reduce plaque and tartar build up on their teeth and gums. Be warned though, these bones do have a strong smell - one that will make your dog salivate, but the dead animal odor will likely have less of a pleasing effect on you! As such, these may be better as an outside treat. Fortunately, they come individually wrapped, so there is no smell issue while they are being stored.
SmartBones Calming Care Chicken Chews
Best calming long-lasting chew
Supplements: Vitamin A, vitamin B12, and Biotin | Free from: Rawhide | Size: Four to five inches long
SmartBones Calming Care Chicken Chews contains both chamomile extract and lavender extract, two of the most famous herbs commonly used to aid sleep and ease anxiety, stress, and digestion. Alongside these unique ingredients, these long lasting dog chews contain real chicken and wholesome vegetables, such as sweet potato, peas, and carrots.
This long lasting dog chew has a firm exterior, which helps scrape the teeth clean whilst dogs nibble away at them. It’s gummy texture also has a part to play in your dog’s oral health, providing double the scraping action on teeth during the up and down motion of the chewing.
It’s recommended that ahead of any stressful event, such as the sound of fireworks around the New Year or a thunderstorm, dogs should be given a SmartBones Calming Care Chicken Chew dog treat at least one to two hours beforehand. For larger dogs, one chew should be plenty enough to promote a calming feeling, whereas for smaller dogs and toy breeds, a portion of the dog chew may suffice.
Many customers are able to notice the difference in their dog after they have eaten one of these chews. “I have a very high strung labradoodle who is terrified of any loud noises (Fireworks, thunder, guns, you name it)... A day after these arrived we had a nasty storm. After we heard the first big thunder we gave him a whole chew, and in about 10 minutes he was relaxed and snoozing on the bed, even when the power went out!” described one happy dog owner.
Unfortunately, the special ingredients in these chews don’t have the same calming effect on every dog – one customer explained that their dog is “A heavy chewer. So I'd say these lasted her about 5-10 minutes to chew through and was running around like a nut directly afterwards. Maybe an hour later she calmed down a little more than usual, which lasted probably 30 minutes.”
EcoKind Pet Treats Gold Yak Dog Chews
Best natural long-lasting chew
Supplements: High in calcium | Free from: Gluten, lactose, and rawhide | Size: 6-8 inches long
These healthy and delicious long-lasting chews will keep your canine companion content for hours. Made in Nepal from 100% Yak milk, these chews are high in calcium for bone health and free from gluten and lactose.
Easy to digest and perfect for those with delicate digestive systems or allergies, these Yak dog chews contain no artificial ingredients, chemicals, or preservatives. Available in bags ranging from 1-5lbs, the sticks measure 6-8 inches in length and 1-2 inches in width and are designed to last for hours.
Natural and organic, these chews can be given to dogs of all sizes and breeds, and work well for heavy chewers with one reviewer stating “I have aggressive chewers. Most treats get devoured quickly. And toys even faster. These allow them to chew and be occupied for hours!!!”
It's worth noting that these are not suitable for dogs with dental issues as they have a hard and crunchy texture that can take some work to get through. That being said, If you have a dog whose chompers are in tip-top shape and you’re after a healthy, natural, and nutritious dog chew that will go the distance, then we have a feeling you and your dog are going to love these.
SmartBones Skin & Coat Care Chicken Chews
Best long-lasting chew for maintaining skin and coats
Supplements: Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, vitamins E, A and B12, as well as Biotin | Free from: Rawhide | Size: Approximately four inches long
SmartBones Skin & Coat Care Chicken Chews are tasty treats that, without the dogs knowledge, helps maintain their skin and coat ensuring they are kept healthy. Plus it’s not just their coat and skin that will benefit from this chew, as it will also help keep dogs teeth clean and healthy.
As with many of the SmartBones products, this particular chew contains real chicken (not chicken by-products, chicken fat, or chicken meal) and vegetables, such as sweet potato, peas, and carrots. It is also enriched with minerals and vitamins, including A, B12, and E. They are also 100% rawhide-free.
With all of the benefits these chews provide, customers have expressed their delight at the results seen in their beloved pets - “My dog loves these treats and they're good for her! Best of all, they make her skin and coat more beautiful!” Another customer explained that they give their dog, who has hypothyroidism as well as terrible environmental allergies, this chew “daily to my dog who has all the skin issues. He loves them and I love the fact that it's rawhide free. It isn't too hard that he gets bored of chewing, but it isn't too soft either. He usually finishes in about 10 minutes or so.”
Despite the fact that there are plenty of customers happy with these chews, there are also several that reference unfortunate experiences after feeding their dog a SmartBones Skin & Coat Care Chicken Chew. “Both my dogs after having this chewy treat, began to vomit became lethargic for over 24 hours and refused to eat for days. The fact that both dogs had this treat makes me certain this is what caused them to become sick. They’ve never been sick before they had this treat. I do not recommend this and I will not be buying it again”, explained one customer.
Purina Busy Chewnola Real Beefhide Dog Chews
Best layered long lasting dog chew
Supplements: None added | Free-from: Poultry by-products | Size: 10-count pouch
A firm favorite amongst pets and their parents, the Purina Busy Chewnowla dog chews are proof that the satisfying texture of muesli and granola is not something that only we humans should get to enjoy.
Adopting a unique triple-layered design, these brown rice and oat-based bars will keep your doggy’s teeth working overtime for a solid 10 minutes as they attempt to gnaw their way through three sumptuous layers that include a real beef hide center.
Full of fiber and protein but low in fat, the chews different textures do a great job of gently cleaning the teeth while your dog eats and the inclusion of whole grains ensures the digestive tract stays healthy.
At 163-calories a piece, Purina recommends large dogs over 65lbs be given no more than six a week, with small breeds under 35lbs best limited to three a week to prevent weight gain. Available in convenient packs of 10, these affordable dog chews are a double-win when it comes to mixing healthy ingredients with tail-wagging flavor.
Many reviewers label these chews as life-changing with one pet parent writing: “Worth every penny. “My 6-month-old puppy has followed me from room to room for 3 months & cries whenever we're apart. An hour ago I gave him one of these. Ever since I've been in the kitchen ALONE and the only sound I hear is the gnawing of a Chewnola from the living room. There are no words for how happy I am right now.”
The few poor reviews mostly center around a small number of dogs experiencing issues with vomiting and diarrhea after consuming a chewnola. If your canine companion is among this small unlucky number, we recommend speaking with your vet and selecting another long-lasting chew from this guide.
USA Bones & Chews Deer Antler Dog Chew
Best animal-based long-lasting chew
Supplements: No additional supplements – 100% natural deer antler | Free from: strong odours, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives | Size: Variable – between four inches and over nine and a half inches in length
USA Bones & Chews Dog Antler Dog Chew is a 100% all-natural deer antler that provides dogs with a source of calcium and phosphorus. The antler’s hard texture helps keep dog’s teeth clean, whilst also massaging their gums and exercising their jaws as they chew. It’s natural ingredients also support muscle and bone health.
As well as being low odor and non-allergic, these long lasting dog chews also claim never to be treated with bleach, dyes, chemicals, or formaldehyde. Since they are deer antler, they are fat-free and do not contain any artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.
Due to the nature of this product, it’s extremely important that dogs are monitored when they have this chew to prevent injury or potential choking. It is not edible and should not be ingested by your pet. Should the chew start to develop sharp edges or begin spintering, it must be disposed of immediately.
Even though they aren’t an edible long lasting chew for your dog to devour, they sure provide a whole host of other benefits. As one happy customer explained, “Our dogs love them, Vet told us antlers help clean dogs teeth and it does. I do recommend these antlers”.
However, many of the reviews mention their disappointment in the varying sizes they received, “The antler was 8 inches long as advertised. However, the diameter was less than 1/2 inch for the first 2 inches, 1/2 inch for the next 4 inches and just over 1 inch for the bottom 3 inches.”
How to choose the best long lasting dog chew
When picking out a new dog chew for your pet, it’s important to take in their age, size, what they currently eat as well as their specific dietary needs. For example, the focus could be on improving and maintaining dental health or skin care, or ensuring that it is free from artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.
If you’re unsure which type of long lasting chew will be best for your dog, your vet will be able to provide you with the best professional medical advice for your particular pet.
Remember, dogs of any age should never be left alone when given a chew or treat to eat or nibble on. Where possible, always remain in the room or within earshot should your beloved pet accidentally start to choke on a part of the dog chew and need your help to clear their airways.
Chloe is a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, who has more than eight years experience in media. With a passion for creating content all about wildlife and the environment, she can be found at www.chloemaywrites.com or @ChloeMayWrites on social media.
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