Himalayan Dog Chews were born from an ancient recipe for a hard cheese snack chewed by the people of the Himalayas. In the mountains surrounding Mt. Everest at more than 15,000 feet, Himalayan Dog Chews are made using traditional methods with yak and/or cow milk, and all-natural products with no preservatives or binding agents. They're also gluten-free!
Depending on the size and eating habits of your dog (and the size of the chew you purchase), these can be a long-lasting dog chew. Dogs must work the end of the treat for a very long time, softening it with their mouths, before small parts of the treat can be slowly scraped or chewed off.
There is no odor given off while they your dog is chewing this product, but if you pick up the chew and smell it, you will notive a very light odor similar to fresh parmesan cheese.
Himalayan Dog Chews—the original Himalayan chew for dogs—are distributed and packaged in the USA. The company, Himalayan Dog Chews, imports only the finest quality product made by community co-ops in Nepal for human consumption. They test the product in U.S. laboratories for its content, including harmful bacteria and potential for bacterial growth over time.
The Large (red/orange bag) Himalayan Chews are best for dogs under 55 lbs. The Large chews are generally about 4-1/2" to 5" long (same length as the Medium chews but wider), but they are sold by weight not size.
Packaging: Bag contains 1 chew which weighs 3.3 oz.
Ingredients: Yak and cow milk, salt, lime juice
Isn't milk supposed to be bad for dogs? Milk in its raw form is what is difficult for dogs to digest. Once it is made into cheese, however, the cooking process actually alters the protein making it more easily digested. Positive rewards-based obedience trainings often encourage the use of small pieces of cheese as motivators for behavior. In addition, this product is extremely hard and quite long lasting, and because of this, the amount of dairy that a dog can consume at any one time is extremely limited. Generally speaking, about 10% of the dogs that try this product experience an initial loose stool or gas that always resolves. The company has never had a problem with repeated or lasting GI issues.
Isn't salt/sodium supposed to be bad for dogs? The amount of salt included in the creation of these chews is negligible. It is included as a flavor enhancer, not for the flavor itself.
Is the cheese fattening for dogs? The fat content is less than 1% of the whole product.
How are the cows and yaks treated in Nepal? Cows and yaks are raised in sheds, the way it has been done forever. No modern equipment or techniques are used in raising or milking the animals. They graze on open grasslands or are brought fresh cut grass by their families, and have never been introduced to hormones, prophylactic antibiotics, or other chemicals. Cows and yaks are considered to be sacred life-givers and are directly responsible for the improved economic situation of the family.