Native Pet Yak Chews

Looking for a high-quality, long-lasting dog chew that doesn’t smell or make a mess?  Try Native Pet Yak Chews.

by Laura Pakis, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and Cynologist

About a month ago, Native Pet contacted Acme Canine to see if we could partner.   I explained our business is dogs and providing the best canine information to our readers.  Because of this, Acme Canine will not sell or recommend a product unless we have tested it ourselves.  That way, you know whether the product is quality, the company has integrity and will benefit your dog.  So Native Pet sent us a bag of their large Yak Chews to review.

Acme Canine has the best canine taste tasters on the East of the Mississippi River regarding food for your dog.  Our demo dog, Penny, lives to eat, and when it comes to food recommendations for your dog, she will give an honest opinion. However, when I first saw the Yak milk chews, I wondered whether the hard chews would last more than a few minutes for this heavy chewer.

Cool Story

Yak chews are a centuries-old hard cheese recipe developed by Nepalese yak herdsmen who needed quick doses of protein at high elevations.  Starting with milk, they used salt and lime to create cheese curds, which are then pressed, hardened, cut, and smoked over a fire for 1-2 months.

Looking into the history further, in 2003, a Nepali native by the name of Suman Shrestha spotted his friend, Nishes’ dog chewing on a traditional Yak Nepali hard cheese called churpi. The churpi had to be adapted to the dog’s digestive system by reducing the lactose content because most dogs cannot digest it properly.

After four years of research, they perfected how to make cheese at the perfect hardness to last a long time and eliminate lactose and make it a low-calorie canine food.

They appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in February 2015.  Although they didn’t leave with a deal, they were a hit online and featured in several articles and blogs.

And as we say, the rest is history.

Native Pet’s Yak Chews are all certified organic ingredients sourced directly from the Himalayan foothills.  Native Pet has a close relationship with a yak chew manufacturer in Nepal, where they’re traditionally made. They import the chews to the United States and perform a quality check in St. Louis, Missouri, before packing and shipping them to their customers.

Benefits of Native Pet Yak Chews

Safer for you and your dog

In addition to being free from preservatives and additives, Native Pet Yak Chews are approved for consumption by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).  Fewer ingredients have more benefits, such as safer for your dog than most natural dog chew products.

Another benefit is the chews are free from dyes that can stain your carpet or floors.

And they are stink-free and mess-free, unlike most natural pet treats that tend to mix with canine saliva resulting in an extremely stinky situation.

Native Pet Yak Chews are safe to consume, even if your pet ingests small pieces.

NOTE:  – When introducing this chew to your pet, choose a size that is a little bigger than your dog’s mouth. It is OK to choose a larger size for a smaller dog, especially if your pet is a voracious chewer, but don’t choose a smaller size for a larger dog to save on cost.  This could cause a choking hazard.  As with any other dog chew, it is best to observe your pet consuming the chew for at least 10 minutes.

In general, it goes as follows:

S <10 pounds
M 10-30 pounds
L 30-60 pounds
XL 60+ pounds

Although Yak Chews rarely go bad, you should throw those away if you do notice any smell or change in color.

 Easily digestible and won’t splinter

Acme Canine disapproves of raw hides as a dog chew.  They are usually processed poorly, bad for dog’s stomachs, and highly likely for pieces to become lodged in your dog’s digestive tract, causing one sick pup.

Native Pet Yak Chews are formulated to be safe for canine digestion.   I asked the company to explain this in more detail.  Here is their response, “All yak chews generally have the same basic recipe (i.e., cow’s milk, yak’s milk, lime juice, and sea salt); however, we differentiate in the way we process. We focus on maximizing protein % by removing nearly all of the fat from the raw material. We also have a cutting and sorting process that helps standardize the size, so customers don’t get a bag full of different size yak chews, which is very often the case.”

NOTE:  When choosing a Yak Chew, cheaper is not better.  Be sure to check the ingredients.  Many Asian companies sell Yak Chews made of 95% cow milk, allowing them to sell at a lower cost.

 Provides an extra protein boost

Many dog owners rely on meat chews like Bully Sticks for their high protein content. Native Pet Yak Chews provide a surprising amount of protein.

NOTE: Although Yak Chews are high in nutritional content, they are not meant to be meal substitutes and should not be treated as such. Therefore it is recommended to give Yak Chews sparingly to your pet, up to a maximum of 2 pieces of Yak Milk Dog Chew per week.

Longer-lasting than your average chew

One huge benefit of Native Pet Yak Chews is their durability. Unlike many ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-it treats, these will be a challenge even for the most aggressive chewers.

Yak Chews last relatively longer than other edible dog chews, giving your dog hours of chewing enjoyment.  In fact, it took Penny over 1 hour to chew the 7-inch x 2-inch piece down to an unsafe 2 x 2-inch piece for her 65-pound Coonhound body.

NOTE: Once your dog manages to work on the Yak Chew to a “too small to chew” size, toss it in the microwave safely. This procedure is safe as the yak chew is just hard cheese. Place the piece in a microwave for about 45-seconds. The Yak Chew will puff up into a crackly marshmallow. Allow the puffed-up piece to cool about a minute, and it’s now an edible dog treat!  This is actually recommended to avoid choking.

Since Yak Chews are so hard and durable, they may tough on geriatric dogs to gnaw and chews on them, especially if they have sensitive gums or are missing teeth.  We found this out with Autumn, our 13-year old Boxer mix.  She absolutely LOVED the Native Pet Yak Chew, but halfway through, we noticed blood on the chew and immediately took the chew away.

Supervision of your dog is always recommended when giving them any toy or treat.

Dogs LOVE them

I don’t know many dogs that don’t like cheese.  Add to this a great chewing treat, and it’s no wonder they find them delicious.  Penny shared one of the Yak Chews with her friend, Willie, a German Shepherd, and he thought the Native Pet Yak Chew was fantastic!

Helpful Hints

Native Pet Yak Chews should be stored in a cool, dry place, even when unused.

Partially eaten Yak Chews can be patted dry with a paper towel and stored out of the way in a dry airy corner, but not any longer than one week.

Do not store in a ziplock bag or enclosed area since it will not air dry.

Also, don’t store Yak Chews in the refrigerator.  They will lose moisture quickly and cause the Chew to become brittle.

Cost

These treats aren’t cheap.  They cost about $2.00 for a 7-inch x 1-inch chew.  But when you look at the benefits of a quality treat that doesn’t smell or cause a mess and lasts much much longer than a normal chew, we feel it is worth it.

Final Thoughts

Knowing you can make your dog happy and chewing on the right stuff can provide hours of affordable and safe chewing activity and entertainment for your pet.

And Native Pet is a small Midwest startup of passionate pet owners who what to give our dogs access to high-quality products.  They’re dog people (as you might’ve guessed) and stand behind their products.

And dogs LOVE them, proven by Autumn, Penny, and Willie.

With so many options out there, it’s a no-brainer that one of the healthiest best dog chew for your dog comes from Native Pet?

Acme Canine gives Native Pets 4-paws up and has added them to the Acme Approved products.

By the way, nothing makes us happier than seeing photos of happy pups enjoying Acme Approved products.  Is your favorite pup loving on one of our Approved Products? Snap a pic of them chowing down and email it our way, and we’ll post it on our website.

Let’s talk dogs, or even better, let’s learn about dogs.  Set aside some time to receive Spike’s dog blogs by Acme Canine.
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