Monday, February 9, 2015

What's a Himalayan Dog Chew?

The other night on Shark Tank I saw three men from Nepal trying to get an investment deal for their product, Himalayan Dog Chews. Although they stated that their chews have been selling well, the men failed to get a deal. I think part of the reason was that none of the investors really understood the product. And as I look at the name, packaging, and logo, I don't fully understand it either! So I decided to do some research to figure out if this really was a beneficial product for dogs, and why I've overlooked it before now.

First of all, what is it?
Himalayan Dog Chews are made out of hard cheese made from Yak milk. Apparently this is a popular food for the people of the Himalayan region. The only ingredients are yak and cow milk, salt and lime juice.

Is it a good name?  I think a catchy name could help the product. What about Yak Snax? Although, that could make it sound like it's made out of the actual yak.

Is it expensive? The price is a little high, but if they last a long time, I think it is fair. They are available in many pet food stores, however depending upon where you live you may not find them near you. On a medium chew costs $7.08

What are some of the advantages?
They are all natural
No preservatives
Fully digestible
A cheesy flavor most dogs love
Chew is hard and long lasting
Unlike bones, it doesn't break and splinter. A dog works on the end, softening it with his mouth, before small pieces can be scraped or chewed off.  When the treat becomes only a few inches long, you can microwave the little leftover nugget and it will puff up and become soft, and you can then feed it to your dog.

How long does it last?  Chewing times vary--I read reviews where the chew lasted only 20 minutes, up to some that said it lasted for several daily sessions of aggressive chewing.

Will we try it? I'm always looking for an alternative to bones for my dogs. This seems like a great option, because you don't have to worry as much about choking or blockages. However, you should still supervise your dog, as you would with any chew treat.

 Have you tried Himalayan Dog Chews? If so, does your dog enjoy them? How long did it last? If not, is it a product you would ever try with your dog?


  1. We can't eat those cause we tend to try and swallow it. We hear they are pretty good
    Lily & Edward

  2. I first learned what these where a few months ago. We got a very cool product in our PetBox called "Yaky Charms". You put them in the microwave and they puff up like popcorn!

  3. We are big Himalayan Dog Chew fans! Luna is a heavy chewer and they last along time. They are great to have around during gatherings or events where you might have people over.

  4. I saw these in the pet store and wondered if they would be good for Haley. She cracked a tooth on a Nylabone once, so I've been having trouble finding a bone that lasts for awhile, but isn't too hard to chew.

    I might have to try these, especially the microwave technique. Great review! :)

  5. i think they are too hard for most dogs, little dogs especially. just like antlers. my vet said she had many er calls over the holidays b/c dogs broke their teeth on antlers...i think they soften up when you microwave them...


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