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Himalayan Chews | tha Dog Cheese!

“Himalayan Dog Chew comes from an ancient recipe of the people of the Himalayas.  In the mountains at more than 15,000 feet, it is made using traditional methods with Yak and Cow Milk and all natural products and no chemicals or preservatives {No additives – 100% Authentic}” 
Yak and Himalayan Dog Chew

Collected from rural community co-ops of the Himalayas in Eastern Nepal and the Mountains of West Bengal in India, Himalayan Dog Chews are made from Cows and Yaks raised in sheds, where no modern equipment or techniques are used in milking the animals.  Never introduced to hormones, prophylactic antibiotics, or other chemicals, these animals graze on open grasslands and are considered to be sacred life-givers.

Using a traditional method for human consumption, the Yak and Cow Milk is turned into hard cheese, which becomes a chew as hard as a regular bone, but softens after licking and/or gnawing for several minutes.  Recommended to keep in dry conditions, with an expiration date of approx. 4 years from the date of opening, these chews may give Antlers a run for their money.

Isn’t Milk, hence Cheese bad for dogs?

On the contrary, “positive reward-based obedience trainings often encourage the use of small pieces of cheese as motivators for behavior.”  Moreover, milk in its raw form is what’s difficult for dogs to digest. Yet, once it is made into cheese, the cooking process alters the protein making it more easily digestible… In actuality, most or all lactose is removed. The final product has little or no lactose to contribute towards the intollerance among dogs.

Worried about the salt and fat content?

The fat content is less than 1% of the whole product of Himalayan Dog Chew.

The amount of salt included in the creation of these chews is negligible. It is included by the people as a flavor enhancer, not for the flavor itself.

Wanna sample tha Dog Cheese? Check-out tha Yaky Puffs Popcorn + tha 6” Yaky Stick (thin layer of tha Dog Cheese wrapped around a Bull Pizzle) at thaMUNCHbox.com.  If you are looking to try the long lasting Himalayan Dog Chew in a MUNCHbox, we are hoping to get these in shortly, so please, keep checking tha website. Or, just go to HimalayanDogChew.com.

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ANTLERS| 3 Quick Tips!

Quick Tip 1: Deer, Elk or Moose?

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Elk Antlers, tha Perfect Medium

Not all Antlers are created equal.  Elk Antlers (moderate pricing) are considered to be optimal in density, having a low outer-structure to marrow ratio.  Deer Antlers (cheap pricing), are hard through out, lack core marrow and are prone to snap/crack (may cause dental injuries).  Moose Antlers (expensive) are flatter and less dense than both Deer and Elk Antlers.  Having the lowest outer-structure to marrow ratio, they are known to be better in nutrients (greater marrow content), but, do not last as long as Deer and Elk Antlers.

Quick Tip 2: Where Did the Antler Go? Secretly buried somewhere in the backyard…

While I find the natural forest/pine smell of an Antler to be pleasing, some dogs are just not into it. On that note, try rubbing olive oil, peanut butter or worcestershire sauce (???) to peak their interest.  Another trick is to boil and then soak the Antler in water, chicken, or beef broth/bouillon for 24 hours.  You can even rub the Antler down with a piece of sandpaper, especially if there are any sharp edges you may be worried about. Generally speaking, the more appealing the Antler, the better.  Moisture Content, Aroma, Texture, Palatability, Color (etc.), all play a role, so…GET CREATIVE!

Note: If you are too lazy to be creative, try a split Antler. Ultimately, your dog is interested in the marrow and the main reason as to why they probably weren’t interested in the first place, is because they were too lazy to chew through the outer-structure…to get to the marrow.  Split Antlers are good, because the marrow is readily available, but be advised that the hours of chew time is cut down.  

Quick Tip 3: Perfect for ALL dogs…or Naw!

The ultimate prize of chewing on soft, nutrient rich marrow, comes down to one word…PROTEIN.  And, too much protein can be bad.  We are talking upset stomach bad, or even vomiting.  If this is a concern, it would be wise to monitor you dog, allowing your dog to chew no more than an inch or less a day.   It is always best to provide plenty of drinking water when your pet is dealing with an Antler (or any bone).  Additionally, if the Antler becomes small enough to swallow, take it away.  Likewise, make sure your dog is gnawing and not trying to chomp the Antler into pieces.

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MUNCH love!