Are goat horns safe for my dog?

Are goat horns safe for my dog?

It’s no secret that here at WAG, we’re big fans of goat horns.

Goat horns are like the best kind of chew toy – but better – because they’re totally edible and completely delicious. There are innumerable benefits that chomping down on a goat horn offers your dog. The chomp includes increased dental health, vigorous mental stimulation and satisfying their instinctual need to chew.

Despite this, some people still baulk before buying natural dental treats. We get it –our dogs are our furry children. There are some unfortunate myths circulating, that might give you reason to pause before clicking ‘purchase.’ WAG is here to myth-bust the misconceptions about goat horns.

Why do dogs chew everything?

To get right to the marrow of why goat horns are so great for doggos, we’ve got to delve into the reasons why they’re so addictive. Chewing is a natural, instinctive, and super important part of a dog’s life. Not having hands, dogs instead use their mouths to investigate their world. Sometimes this investigation leads them to chow down on things they really shouldn’t – like our shoes or the inside of our couch.

Dogs often use chewing to relieve boredom and frequently to create their own fun (when you aren’t around to play catch or tug). If they’re not given an appropriate outlet to satisfy their need to gnaw, they’ll find their own alternatives for destruction – and it might not be human-approved

Benefits of Goat Horns

Goat horns are tasty, edible and safe for your dog.

This is where we get amped. There’s an enormous market out there for chew toys, from natural to artificial, and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed with options. To make it easy for you, we’ll lay out all the reasons that goat horns are so uniquely special and an unbeatable feature of every dog owner’s arsenal.

All natural

It goes without saying, but goat horns are totally 100% natural. You can’t beat single ingredient treats, with no hidden nasties that might be prominent in commercial occupy treats.

Affordable and Long-lasting

Goat horns are great for the hip pocket. They’re super long-lasting, with some surviving months before dogs have had their last morsel.

Dental benefits

Last but definitely not least are the stellar dental benefits. Their unique texture makes them akin to a made-by-nature toothbrush, scrubbing your dog’s teeth until they are pearly white and shining bright.

Goat horns are edible

Whilst we love treat toys and doggo food dispensers, goat horns generally hold much more appeal as they’re edible. Which means your dog can have his cake and eat it too.

Smells great

Unlike traditional bones goat horns don’t smell quite so potent. If they start to whiff a little, just run them under the tap and start again.

Are goat horns safe for dogs?

A resounding YES! Dogs are born to chew, with their jaw and teeth built for gnawing on tough animal parts. Goat horns are extra special—the enzymes in dogs’ saliva soften the edges and they break away for a satisfying crunch. When chewed appropriately, goat horns are not a choking hazard.

Here are some tips to remember when your dog gets a goat horn between its teeth:

  • With any occupy treat, supervision is crucial.
  • Your dog should naturally gnaw small pieces away, but not large shards.
  • Some dogs might approach natural treats with more gusto than others, and it’s important to ensure they’re eating slowly and safely.
  • If you think your dog might be bearing down too hard, remove the horn and try again later on.

Can I give my puppy a goat horn?

Puppies should steer clear from goat horns until they’ve graduated to adult teeth. The tough, long-lasting consistency of goat horns means they might risk breaking the more delicate baby teeth before those teeth are ready to come out naturally.
If you still want to reap the benefits of all-natural, wholesome and healthy chews, have no fear.

Wrapped Horn Cores have all the delicious taste, plus the super-powered benefits of phosphorus and essential vitamins, without the tougher goat horn crunch.

How are WAG Goat Horns sourced and made?

Committed to sustainable and eco-friendly practices, WAG Goat Horns come from local Victorian sources who farm goats for human consumption. We step in and take the bits that are usually disposed of – including Goat Horns and Goat Trotters.

WAG Goat Horns are especially unique as during the sterilisation process, we remove the live membrane inside. While the marrow in a horn is delicious and nutritious, it often requires the complicated addition of preservatives and packaging to keep it fresh – so we took it out.

Fill 'em up!

Our Goat Horns come empty – meaning you can double the creative opportunities to get your doggo interested.

Like an occupy toy (but natural) you can stuff them with peanut butter, soak them, freeze them or fill them with whatever your dog likes best. In case you couldn’t tell, WAG is bananas for the super-powered benefits of Goat Horns and we think you should be too. We promise your doggo won’t need as much convincing.

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