Himal 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, 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.
- No chemicals or preservatives
- Fully consumable treat
- High in protein & low in fat
- Gluten free
- Leaves no odor or stains
These Himal Chews are equivalent to the large size Himalayan brand dog chews and are generally about 4-1/2" to 5" long, but they are sold by weight not size. Each one is approximately 3.3 oz.
Packaging: Sold individually.
Storage: The shelf life of the treat is usually three years when stored in a dry environment.
Ingredients: Yak milk, cow milk, salt, lime juice
How is the product made? Himal Dog Treats contain a mixture of yak and cow milk. Once the mixture is boiled, the prevalent fat is separated by adding lime juice. The excess fat is then discarded. After a few hours of boiling the milk, it starts to thicken and forms a white cheese. Stirring the boiling milk gently and continuously is key to making this cheese. The cheese is poured into a clean cloth to drain out the excess water. Once the block of cheese is ready, it is cut into small pieces and dried. When the product is ready, it can be stored for a number of years. No preservative or artificial flavors are added in the whole process of making the product.
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.