Rabbit Ears for Dogs: Fur on or Fur off?
A fairly odd dog treat, rabbit ears for dogs can come in two forms, with or without fur, but which is better?
Besides being safe for dogs to consume, they present a no greasy texture and no odour - something all pet parents like to hear! But are the benefits the same for rabbit ears with fur on and fur off? Let’s find out...
The Benefits of Rabbit Ears for Dogs
✔️ Natural Dewormer
The most unique benefit of rabbit ears for dogs is that they act as a natural dewormer. The fur creates a ‘brushing’ action which helps to filter out worms and eggs that are in your dog’s digestive system.
✔️ Improved Digestion
The fur on rabbit ears cleans your dog’s digestive tract by brushing away food residue that gets trapped in your dog’s body which can cause discomfort if it builds up over time. By cleaning the digestive tract, your dog is able to absorb more nutrients from their diet.
✔️ Helps to Clean Teeth
When chewed, rabbit ears for dogs create an abrasion action on teeth which helps to remove plaque build-up. Rabbit ears with fur even get in between teeth, acting as a natural dental floss for dogs.
✔️ Rich in Fibre
The fur on rabbit ears contains fibre and as you know, fibre is best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation. In dogs, rabbit ears helps to firm up stools which improves anal glad health and helps dogs who struggle with recurrent anal glad impactions.
Made from 100% rabbit, rabbit ears for dogs are hypoallergenic because they are a ‘novel’ protein (not commonly seen in dog treats) so they are less likely to cause a reaction in dogs who suffer from allergies.
✔️ Decreases Anxiety
As your dog chews on the rabbit ear, their body releases endorphins which calms and relaxes your dog. Chewing is scientifically proven to relieve stress in dogs and an excellent distraction especially on bonfire night or New Year’s Eve.
✔️ Suitable for Puppies
Rabbit ears for dogs are also suitable for puppies from 12 weeks old. The chewing action helps to soothe itchy gums and relieve teething pain in young pups.
So, Fur on or Fur off?
Theoretically, the hair on rabbit ears can cause blockages, but there is not enough hair on a single ear to cause any concern.
While rabbit ears without fur have many benefits, rabbit ears with fur have even more. The fur is what helps to clean the inside of your dog, flushing the digestion so more nutrients can be absorbed and the fur is what gives rabbit ears their unique property as a natural dewormer.
We’d recommend a maximum of 3 ears per week is a safe amount and where your dog will benefit from all of their natural qualities.
So don’t be afraid of rabbit ears just because of the way they look. Most often than not, the more natural looking the dog treat is, the less artificial additives they contain.
If you are interested in more unique-looking dog treats which have surprising benefits for your dog, why not read Deer Legs for Dogs: Are They Good or Bad? or Are Chicken Feet Good For My Dog? The Facts and Nutrition.