Dog Chews and Treats: Similarities and Differences

Dog chews and treats are terms that are often used interchangeably. While they do share numerous aspects in common, there are also important distinctions between the two. Understanding these differences and similarities can help you decide when each option is most appropriate to offer your canine companion.

 

Key similarities between treats and chews

Here are some of the main aspects treats and chews have in common: 

 

Ingredients

High-quality dog chews and treats are made with ingredients that are safe and healthy for dogs, often including protein sources like chicken, beef, pork, or fish. Some slightly less common options that we’re proud to offer also come from sources like rabbit, goose, lamb, and duck. Chews and treats for dogs may also include vegetables or grains, although this is more common in treats than chews when looking at natural options. 

 

Variety

Both dog chews and treats come in a wide variety of flavours, shapes, sizes, and textures to suit different preferences and dietary needs of dogs. For example, in our treats range, we have sprats which are a crunchier option that offer the wide ranging health benefits of fish. We also offer softer chewy treats like those in our training treat range, which are available in many variations to suit all needs and preferences. 

Our chews also come in a wide variety, ranging from classic pizzles and pig ears to lighter options like yak chews. We also offer unique chews like our rabbit ears, beef lips, tracheas, and turkey necks, among many others. This way, every pooch, regardless of age, size, and breed, can enjoy something tasty from our range. 

 

Digestibility

High-quality treats and chews should be easily digestible for dogs, minimising the risk of gastrointestinal upset or discomfort. This is why offering both treats and chews made with 100% natural ingredients is key, as they’re much more gentle on the digestive system than their artificial counterparts. At Chomp and Chew, we only offer 100% natural products to ensure even those with the most sensitive of tummies can enjoy the delicious taste and health benefits of our chews and treats. We even have a variety box specifically designed for this purpose, called the Sensitive Chomper Variety Box

Key differences between treats and chews

Here are some of the main distinctions between treats and chews: 

 

Purpose

One of the key differences between treats and chews is their purpose. For example, chews are great for helping to maintain your dog’s dental health. Treats, on the other hand, work well as a quick reward for positive behaviour, or an on the go snack. Treats are also useful for training purposes, whether it’s teaching specific tricks like shake-a-paw, or more general skills like recall. In contrast, chews are excellent in other areas, such as breaking boredom and relieving stress. 

 

Texture

The textures of treats and chews are usually different. For example, treats are usually either crunchy or soft, making them easy to eat. This is why they’re a great option on the go. On the other hand, chews are usually much tougher and more durable. This texture is what makes them great for dental health as they help reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth and gums. 

 

Size and shape

While both treats and chews can come in many different shapes and sizes, treats are typically smaller and formed into specific shapes. For example, treats may come in the form of biscuits, strips, or bite-sized pieces. Chews, however, are typically larger and denser. Many natural chews also maintain the original shape of the animal part, such as ears, antlers, cow hooves, and deer legs

 

Duration of Enjoyment

Dogs tend to eat treats pretty quickly, typically within as little as a minute unless the treat is particularly large in relation to the dog’s size. This is because as mentioned above, their texture and size make them easy to eat, leading to them being consumed more quickly. Chews, on the other hand, last much longer. This provides dogs with longer lasting enjoyment and mental stimulation as they have to work much harder to chow down on the tasty offering. Chews can last anywhere from a few hours to multiple days depending on the dog, their chewing habits, and the characteristics of the chew itself. 

 

Nutritional Content

Both treats and chews can offer supplemental nutrition for your dog when you choose natural, healthy options. However, treats may be lower in calories due to their smaller size. Chews are typically more nutrient dense but may also contain more calories, although they are enjoyed over a longer period of time and take more work to consume. 

 

Final thoughts

Both chews and treats make an excellent addition to your dog’s diet when given in moderation, they are just helpful in different ways. When deciding whether to offer your dog a chew or treat, consider the situation to work out what’s more suitable. For example, completing a new trick is a great time for a treat, and a long car ride is an ideal opportunity to offer a longer-lasting chew. Either way, natural options are always the best choice for your pooch. Check out our range of 100% natural, healthy, and delicious chews and treats to find the best products for your dog’s unique needs and preferences.

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