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Are Pig Ears Good for Dogs?

May 05, 2021 3 min read
Are Pig Ears Good for Dogs

You always want the best for your dog. Whether it’s ensuring they go on enough walks per day or that they’re not exhibiting signs of anxiety, you want your dog to be as healthy as can be. One of the best ways to improve your dog’s physical and mental health is providing them with a healthy diet. 

For some pet owners, this involves a complete overhaul of their pet’s diet. But one of the simplest ways to improve your dog’s health is by giving them healthier, all-natural treats. In particular, we love giving our dogs cow ears and pig ears.

Best Bully Sticks pig ears

Now, you’re probably asking yourself: Are pig ears good for dogs? 

Like all other treats offered at Best Bully Sticks, pig ears are safe and healthy for your dog. But let’s give it a closer look to see justwhy they’re great for your dog(s).  

What Are Pig Ears

Our pig ears are exactly as they sound. Humanely harvested and oven-baked, these are all-natural, highly digestible pig ears. We take a particular part of the pig’s ear, called the pinna, due to it consisting mainly of cartilage and skin, which is naturally flavorful. 


Pinna barely has any muscle in it, so pig ears make for an easy-to-chew and digestible treat for dogs. Think of it as a natural alternative to rawhide, better for your dog’s teeth, stomach, and health. 

chewing pig ear treat

Are Pig Ears Healthy?  

As mentioned, pig ears are a great alternative to rawhide. They’re flavorful chews that are good for your dog’s teeth, a great source of protein, and easy on their stomach. However, some dog owners are still apprehensive about pig ears, as they can carry certain types of bacteria, like salmonella. 

While it’s an understandable concern to have, there’s nothing to worry about if given to your dog responsibly. Dogs are able to digest other forms of bacteria far better than humans. It might take a few days for them to grow accustomed to pig ear treats — as with any other new food substance — but their digestive system will react well to them as long as they are not given more than one treat a day. Always make sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh water while chewing as well. 

For owners, we highly recommend washing your hands after handling pig ears, as one would do while handling any other meat. Furthermore, pig ears are for dogsonly.They are not intended for human consumption.  

The Benefits of Pig Ears

Pig ears will not only taste and smell incredible to your dog, but they have numerous benefits that make them great for you to give them as a pet parent. Here are just a few: 

Dental Health

While dried and dehydrated due to being oven-baked, our pig ears still remain tough enough to chew. This is excellent for your dog’s dental health, as it ensures that chewing apart their pig ear won’t be any simple feat. 

Rather than tearing apart the pig’s ear, they’ll be softening it over time. Working their teeth across the surface over a long duration will help scrub off built-up plaque, protecting your dog's teeth while giving them something they’ll love doing. 

Gentle Chewing 

Pig ears are great for both puppies and senior dogs because they are gentle on the teeth and mouth. While they’re helpful in cleaning your dog’s teeth, they aren’t rough on their mouth. This is great for teething puppies, as it gives them something soft to chew on throughout the day. Similarly, it’s excellent for senior dogs who want something to keep themselves busy, all without having to tucker themselves out. 

All-Natural and Digestible 

Best of all, pig ears are exceptionally healthy for your dog. Compared to traditional dog treats, our pig ears feature no additives and are slow-cooked in ovens. You can rest easy knowing exactly where your dog’s treat comes from and how it was prepared, giving them a natural, protein-rich treat beneficial to their health.

giving dog pig ear

Give Your Dog the Best 

Want to keep your dog happy with a nice healthy surprise? Pig ears are the way to go. Your dog is sure to be excited for more the next time they catch a whiff of them getting shipped to your house.

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