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Is shark cartilage good for dogs?

Are you wondering whether shark cartilage is beneficial for your dog? 

Is shark cartilage good for dogs?

The short answer is yes, yes and YES.

Shark cartilage is an amazing treat for your dog. Our shark cartilage is Australian produce; an organic low fat teeth cleaner with many health benefits.

shark cartilage low fat dental health treat for dogs

What is shark cartilage?

Shark cartilage is connective tissue - the skeleton in fact. Did you know that sharks don't actually have any bones? The cartilage is cleaned and air dried at a low temperature to retain all the nutrients. Just as sharks can vary in size, so does the shark cartilage which we sell - from thin to very thick. 

Shark cartilage for dental health

Shark cartilage is an excellent teeth cleaner, and helps to maintain dental health in dogs. Cartilage is not as dense as bones, and so the risk of fracturing a tooth is greatly reduced.

The simple act of chewing helps to dislodge and prevent the build up of plaque and tartar, both of which contribute to the dreaded doggy breath.

Did you know that poor dental health can lead to other health complications, such as liver, kidney and heart disease. Taking care of the teeth is taking care of the whole dog.  You can read more about why dental health is so important here.

Health benefits of shark cartilage  

Shark cartilage incredibly low in calories - just 201 calories per 100g. It is also low fat - only 1.6g per 100g, so is perfect for doggos who are watching their weight and those with pancreatitis.

Shark cartilage is packed with chondroitin and glucosamine which are two of the major ingredients found in joint supplements.

Chondroitin helps to retain the elasticity in the cartilage around joints. This helps the joints to perform their role as shock absorbers. Glucosamine helps the body repair the cartilage that sits between joints, which acts as a cushion. 

Shark cartilage is therefore an excellent choice for senior dogs who may find it assists in alleviating the symptoms of arthritis. 

It is also jam packed with Omega fatty acids, which are excellent for heart health, reducing inflammation and giving a nice shiny coat.

Finally, shark cartilage is also a great source of calcium. It is perfect for raw feeders who aren't comfortable feeding bone, to incorporate calcium into the diet. It is also much less dense than bones, therefore there is no worry about whether your dog will crack a tooth eating it. Whilst it isn't as hard as bone, it is still a good dental workout and will help to dislodge any plaque which may be forming.

Shark cartilage for puppies

Whilst it's benefits are obvious for our senior dogs, it shouldn't be overlooked as a great treat for puppies. Teething puppies need to chew, and shark cartilage is an excellent choice, particularly if you'd prefer that pair of Jimmy Choos remain unchewed - or is that unchood?

A completely natural Australian dog treat

When you choose shark cartilage, you are buying a completely natural Australian treat. Our shark cartilage is sourced from Far North Queensland, Certified SafeFood Queensland Accredited. It is sustainably sourced and wild caught, the by-product or waste from human catch, and is mainly gummy shark or black tip shark, which are listed as "least concern".

Shark cartilage is a healthy dog treat, low in fat, good for the teeth, coat, skin, heart and joints, an excellent choice for puppies and seniors. Our taste testers love it, why not add some to your next order. Buy now

or check out our entire collection of fish treats for dogs.



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