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    I created a bad habit with my 9 month old Lab. Every morning after breakfast I have been giving her a pig ear. I was reading online how they have caused some problems with dogs because of Salmonella, choking and other problems that are associated with pig ears. Does anyone know a good alternative that I can give her instead?

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    Bully sticks are pretty good, if you can look past what they are.

    http://www.bullysticks.com/

    I still wouldn't give them every day. They're a once-a-week treat around here.

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    I kong with smaller treats in it? I found an old kong ball type toy in amongst my dogs huge volume of toys about a month ago. It is just a rubber ball full of large honeycomb type holes. You can stretch the holes to put larger treats inside and then after giving it to the dog he/she has to work at it about to get the goodies without it being a full fledged kong, my dog just loves it.

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    I like the idea of a kong with a couple treats in it. I think I may go with that for now.

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    You could buy pigs ear strips....that's what I give Hudler. I don't really worry about salmonella (only bad for dogs with a weak immune system), choking (he's a chewer not a gulper), but I do worry about them being too greasy. But 3-4 strips equal one and he's just as happy with a strip...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CYNLABS
    You could buy pigs ear strips....that's what I give Hudler. I don't really worry about salmonella (only bad for dogs with a weak immune system), choking (he's a chewer not a gulper), but I do worry about them being too greasy. But 3-4 strips equal one and he's just as happy with a strip...
    That's what Cooper gets each morning after our walk, 3 or 4 strips, depending on the size. I only had one incident where the strip got stuck on the roof of his mouth and I had to remove it. It was due to the fact the strip was curled a certain way, I think. Since then, I always break them if there is a curl to them. He's a bit of a gulper.

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    DefaultRe: Alternative to Pig Ears

    Chicken jerky is good.

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    DefaultRe: Alternative to Pig Ears

    Emma gets chicken jerky "Waggin Tails" (COSTCO)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinderbaylabs
    Good website - love this description:

    "Regular Bully Sticks - These lightly smoked, natural beef muscles....."

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