You may have noticed that we have a few different furry dog treats available - in fact they have their own collection - and wondered why anyone would feed their doggo something covered in hair.
Now, we know that furry treats might not look the most appetizing to us humans, but did you know that these treats actually come with some amazing health benefits?
Digestive health benefits of furry treats
Furry treats are great for your dog's digestion. The hair on the treats doesn't break down in your dog's stomach, so as it moves through their digestive system, it acts like a brush, collecting any built-up food and clearing it out.
As the fur cleanses your dog's digestive tract, it allows for better nutrient absorption. This means that your pet will be able to get more nutrients from their food, leading to a healthier and happier pup.
Plus, this brushing action also acts as a natural protection against worms, brushing away any eggs or larvae that might be present in your dog's system.
Finally, by improving the digestive tract, the immune system is also improved - gut health is linked to immune health in dogs just as it is in humans.
Dental Health Benefits
Furry treats are a nature's tooth brush! The hair fibres on the treats work to remove surface plaque from your dog's teeth and gums, while also getting into the gaps between their teeth to remove any excess food. And if that's not enough, the fur also acts as a teeth polisher, leaving your doggo's pearly whites fresh and clean.
We know that dental health impacts on general health - organ damage is a serious concern with poor dental health, and inflammation and infections in the mouth caused by poor dental health can have a huge impact on the quality of your dog's life, so simply giving a furry treat once a week can really make a difference.
Good source of fibre
Furry treats are also a great source of fibre, which helps bulk up stools and aids in naturally expressing anal glands. Since many dogs struggle to naturally express their glands, this alone is an excellent reason to add furry treats into your dog's weekly diet.
Manganese is an essential trace element, necessary for normal brain and nerve function. It also plays a major role in the metabolism, blood sugar regulation and calcium absorption. Fur/wool contains as much as 10 times the amount of manganese as protein and organs, so a furry treat is an excellent way of ensuring that your doggo is getting enough in their diet.
Fun and Stimulating
Furry treats are also a fun and stimulating chew for your dog. Dogs love tearing and chewing at the furry fibers, and they provide a much more enriching experience than a standard chew toy. Even the fussiest dogs tend to love them - it's like their primal instincts kicking in!
So the next time you come across a furry treat, don't turn your nose up at it. It might not look great to us, but for your dog, it is a delicious and healthy snack that comes with a ton of benefits.
From better digestion to natural teeth cleaning to a great source of fibre, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider adding some furry treats to your dog's diet. Just be prepared for some furry poops at the other end!
See all our furry treats here.