A fellow Frenchie owner told me about these Himalayan Dog Chews and I must admit, I had never heard of them until my friend enlightened me. I was a bit worried and wondered “is the Himalayan Dog chew safe?” I ordered some after doing some research to see how my Frenchie Augie liked these Himalayan dog treats.
What Exactly Are Himalayan Dog Chews?
This was the first question I asked before ordering these dog treats for my little Frenchie. Before I bought anything, I needed to know if they were safe so the first thing I looked into what these things are. Apparently the original Himalayan Dog Chew is a long lasting dog chew that takes some serious chewing for your dog to chew through.
I Discovered That Himalayan Dog Treats Are Made By Boiling Cow And Yak Milk
They then dry it for multiple weeks and it forms into a really hard chew. Your French Bulldog would need to know on the end of the dog treat for multiple hours in order to make any headway on this thing. What’s nice about this dog chew is that it is completely all-natural and contains no preservatives. It is an authentic type of cheese eaten by the people of the Himalayas. The way they came about as a dog chew is that a man was making his ‘chews’ and he dropped one and his dog loved it! (Even though the packaging of the brand I bought said “not for human consumption.” but I am sure that is just due to some US regulation).
What are Himalayan Dog Treats Made From?
I learned over the years that the more ingredients in a food, and the more processed it is, its likely it isn’t that good for you. I was impressed to learn how simple the ingredient list is on these things. Take a look:
- Yak milk
- Cow milk
- Himalayan salt
- Lemon juice
Can’t go wrong with that simple combination!
This Is the Himalayan Dog Chew We Bought For Augie
So Is The Himalayan Dog Chew Safe?
In my research I found many concerned dog owners like me questioning the safety of these chews. The overall consensus is that the answer is Yes, and it depends.
Let me explain….
Any time you give your Frenchie a new treat it is wise to keep a close eye on then and start with a short window of time with that new chew to see how they do with it. You should watch your French Bulldog closely for any reactions to ingredients. The ingredients in these Himalayan treats are fairly minimal so you should be good here.
Choking Issues With Himalayan Dog Chews?
My real concern after researching these treats was the choking hazard some people mentioned. I understand the concern people had so I was careful when I first gave it to my Frenchie.
From everything I read Himalayan dog chews weren’t as big of a choking hazard since they are made to be very hard. Further they are completely natural with minimal ingredients.
Minimize Choking Hazard By Supervising Your Dog
Some dog owners simply advised to always supervise their Frenchie when letting them have a chew like this and to not leave them unattended. This may seem obvious but it is worth stating.
While it takes a lot of effort for a dog to whittle down the Himalayan chew, as they get it down you should consider taking it away from them as the chunks get smaller. Later in my Himalayan Dog chew review I will share a nifty way to extend the life of the chews.
What About Puppies? Are Himalayan Dog Chews Safe For Puppies?
I asked my dog trainer about this and she advised against puppies having these Himalayan dog chews. She said that puppies under six months old should not be given these chew treats. Apparently Frenchie puppy teeth are not permanent, just like baby teeth for humans. Their little puppy teeth can break pretty easily. (I remember when I found one of Augie’s puppy teeth on the floor and I was freaked out about it. Found out later this is completely normal for puppies to lose puppy teeth.)
Himalayan Dog Chews Not Recommended For Geriatric Dogs
If you have an old French Bulldog I would advise against giving your aging Frenchie these Himalayan dog chews. Their teeth can become frail with age and these Himalayan dog chews are really dense so it could damage their teeth. I’d recommend skipping out on giving these to an older Frenchie.
A Word Of Caution – Possible Food Aggression
My 11 month old French Bulldog has never once shown an ounce of food aggression. We learned from our dog trainer how to avoid food aggression and did a lot of work to that end and never had an issue until I gave my Frenchie his first Himalayan dog chew. He LOVED it! However, when we tried to take it away from him he did NOT like that at all. We used a tactic of tempting him with some other dog treats he loves to put his Himalayan chew down so we could take it and put it back in the bag. Our plan worked but we have been careful about this and will be working on this with the trainer.
13 Reasons Himalayan Dog Chew Treats Are Great For Your Frenchie:
- Simple ingredients: A key benefit of these Himalayan dog chew treats are that they have a very simple ingredients list. No preservatives or un-needed additives.
- Long-lasting: I was very impressed with just how long-lasting these Himalayan dog chews are. We try to limit how long our Frenchie munched on his treat but it sure does take him a long time to work through one!
- Fully digestible: With the simple ingredient list these treats are fully digestible and a much safer option compared to nylabones.
- Gluten and grain free: With just a handful of simple ingredients including Yak milk, Cow milk, Himalayan salt, and Lemon juice these treats are gluten-free and grain free.
- Virtually lactose-free: While these treats likely have a small amount of lactose it will be very minimal at best. Should be very friendly to even the most allergic Frenchies.
- High protein treat: This is a healthy treat that your Frenchie will love. It also happens to be high in protein! (52.8 Percent in the brand we purchased)
- Not stinky like some treats: One of Augie’s favorite treats when he was a pup was a cow Hoof (we called it his “Hoofie”). He LOVED that hoofie but it was incredibly stinky. We actually decided to throw that Hoof away after a while because it smelled so bad!
- Low in fat: These chews are low in fat! (Crude Fat 0.9 Percent in the brand we bought.)
- Low in salt: While Himalayan salt is used in these treats they are still low in salt. But there is just enough to stimulate the taste buds of your Frenchie.
- Keep Your Frenchie occupied: Sometimes as a dog parent you need some quiet time. Maybe you have guests over to your house or it is family dinner time and you want to keep your Frenchie occupied. This Himalayan dog chew treat is the perfect way to keep them busy and out of your hair.
- Free from dyes that can stain your carpeted floors: Have you ever had your Frenchie munch on a toy on the floor only to find out they left a stained mess behind? We sure have. I was at my Mother’s house and Augie was munching on a treat and left a terrible red stain behind on her floor. I was pretty embarrassed. The nice thing about these Himalayan dog chews is that won’t happen.
- FDA approved: These Himalayan dog chew treats are approved to eat by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration).
- Free from preservatives, chemicals, or additives! Enough said there!
Final Tip: What To Do Once the Himalayan Chew has Worn Down?
While these Himalayan dog chews are tough and take some serious chewing they will eventually wear down. Frenchies are darn stubborn and persistent after all. Once the dog chew has been worn down to a smaller chew you don’t have to throw it out. You can instead take the small chunk and microwave it. After a short stint in the microwave, the Himalayan chew treat will expand and make an all new treat for your Frenchie. This will help extend the life of the treat even more!
Conclusion – Is The Himalayan Dog Chew Safe For Your French Bulldog?
I would say Yes, but proceed with caution and keep your little four-legged friend under supervision when you let him chew on it. I like the brand of Himalayan dog chews we bought and I like the production processes they use to make these treats. I would recommend taking it away when you can’t supervise him AND when it gets too small and could pose a choking hazard. This can be a great dog chew for your Frenchie and if used properly! Happy chewing!