Rabbit ears are highly nutritious for dogs and are all high in protein which is excellent for maintaining healthy muscles, hair and skin.
Not only are they a nutritious treat for your dog, but they also have many health benefits, which include:
- Improved dental health: Since rabbit ears are dried, they create an abrasive action against the surface of the teeth as they are chewed. This removes plaque and the build-up of food.
- Improved digestion: Some rabbit ears are covered in hair. As the hair travels through the intestines, it gently brushes trapped, undigested food away, improving the ability of the intestines to absorb nutrients.
- Natural deworming: Much like how rabbit ears improve digestion, as the hair brushes the insides of the intestines, they also help to remove worms. They are not a completely effective dewormer, so worm egg counts and medicinal dewormers will still be required, however, they help to keep the worm burden low.
- Improved anal gland health: As already mentioned, hair contains fibre, which helps to firm up the stools. If your dog struggles with recurrent anal gland impactions, firmer stools will help squeeze them as they pass by, resulting in fewer impactions and secondary infections.
- Decreased anxiety: Chewing has been scientifically proven to trigger a release of endorphins, which will help your dog relax and feel less anxious. Chewing is an ideal stress-relieving distraction during phobic events, such as fireworks or thunderstorms.
- Hypoallergenic: Many producers of rabbit ears claim they are hypoallergenic and are suitable for dogs with food allergies. While this isn’t entirely true, as dogs can be allergic to rabbit proteins, it is very rare for a dog to be allergic to rabbit as it is a novel protein. Therefore, most dogs with allergies can tolerate it well.
How Many Times A Week Can My Dog Have Rabbit Ears?
Even though rabbit ears have many health benefits, and are highly nutritious, they should only make up a small proportion of your dog’s diet. Your dog predominantly needs to eat a balanced, high-quality food diet. Giving your dog a rabbit ear two or three times a week is plenty for him to be able to experience the benefits of them.
Rabbit Ears For Puppies And Small Dogs
Rabbit ears can be given to puppies from four months of age. This is the age which they begin losing their puppy teeth and replacing them with their adult teeth. Chewing the rabbit ears is an excellent way of soothing those itchy gums, and your puppy will be very grateful for them!
Gluten Free And Simple
In recent years dogs are more susceptible to gluten intolerances creating problems such as skin irritations, itchiness , dandruff, bowel inflammations, loose stools etc…
Rabbit ears are a very simple snack. As with all our snacks, they do not contain any gluten or grains and they do not contain any additives or chemicals. This makes them a fantastic yet simple dog chew.
Are Rabbit Ears Safe For Dogs?
One of the main concerns people have about rabbit ear dog treats is whether they are safe for their dog or not. People sometimes worry that the fur/hair can cause impaction (constipation), and can be difficult to digest if ingested in large quantities. Some people also raise concerns about the possibility of the rabbit ear getting stuck in the dog’s throat or intestine.
However, rabbit ears are completely safe and nutritious if fed in recommended amounts. Feeding your dog two or three rabbit ears as a treat per week is perfectly safe and recommended by many vets.
It is advisable to supervise puppies and younger dogs by feeding them with just one rabbit ear at a time so that they chew it correctly and don’t ‘guzzle’ it in order to get the next one. Most dogs and puppies totally love rabbit ears so will always want more!
Rabbit ears can provide your dog with some unique health benefits, such as improved digestion, improving dental health, decreasing anxiety and decreasing worm burdens. Not only this, but they are healthy and natural, and available with fur and without, depending on your needs.
For most dogs, rabbit ears are an excellent treat option several times a week, and your dog is sure to love them!