What Size Should I feed my Dog?

Generally speaking this is our recommendations for sizing:

  • Extra Small is recommended for dogs under 5 lbs.
  • Small is recommended for dogs under 15 lbs.
  • Medium  is recommended for dogs under 45 lbs.
  • Large  is recommended for dogs under 65 lbs.
  • Extra Large  is recommended for dogs over 70 lbs.

Going up in size is never an issue and is completely appropriate; however, we do not recommend giving your dog a smaller size than the recommended weight classification as this can cause potential choking or blockage issues. If your dog has is a heavy chewer then it is recommended go up a higher size then recommended.

If it appears as though your dog is going to swallow the entire product or a large piece at any time, then it should be taken away and can be reintroduced at a later time if appropriate.We would recommend that all dogs be supervised at all times after being given any toy or treat not just our chews.

We do understand that there will always be some dogs that will be unable to tolerate our chews. In some cases stomachs may be very sensitive to lactose even though there is a negligible amount remaining, just as humans are. Ultimately, owners are very aware of their own dogs’ limitations with different types of food and we recommend discontinuing use if you feel there is an intolerance or issue and recommend trying one of our other many treats and chews.

Other potential hazards that could arise may include but are not limited to: choking, indigestion, blockage and breakage of teeth. Please use your best judgment when deciding if our product is right for your dog and always supervise your dog during consumption and remove immediately if any concerning factors arise.

What if my dog swallows a large piece of a Nak Snacks chew?

Most dogs when swallowing pieces of our Nak Snacks, digest these pieces and expel them, however, if the piece of chew is too large, this could result in vomiting up the piece or causing a potential blockage as the piece will not have enough time in the digestive system to be able to break down fully before it needs to be expelled one way or the other.

Non concerning pieces are generally small being the size of a dime or smaller and we have yet to hear about any issues with sharp pieces causing issues. This also varies however due to the size of the dog vs. the size of the chew. A Great Dane will be able to pass a much larger piece than a teacup Chihuahua would. If you have any concerns on whether your dog has consumed too large of a piece, please notify us by contacting info@naksnacks.com or calling us at 916-dog-chew. If you feel this may be a life threatening or serious issue, please contact your veterinarian immediately. We always recommend monitoring your dog for changes in behavior including but not limited to: listlessness, vomiting, lack of eating or drinking and lack of bowel movements. We recommend doing what you feel is best for your dog being monitoring your dog or consulting with your veterinarian. With all this being said, the amount of instances seen with serious injuries have been very minimal and have always been the result of an extremely large piece swallowed which is never recommended.

Even a single dog that is injured is too many in our eyes so please notify us if you have an issue or concern or comment and please retain as much information as you can including: size of chew purchased, lot number on the bag, where purchased, specifics of the concern, etc. As safety and quality are our top priorities, we rely on this information to help us evaluate our products, packaging, etc. and getting this information from you, the customer, is the best source to help us identify issues and updates.

 

What does FDA say about bones for dogs ?

Nak Snacks are not made of bone but cheese. However, our chews are hard and can have properties similar to a bone which is why we disclose the FDA’s recommendation on bones. Please visit: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm208365.htm for more information regarding the FDA’s recommendations on bones for dogs.

How Should I store my dogs Nak Snacks ?

After opening your Nak Snacks, store them a cool dry place. If the chew sits in moisture or is resealed in a bag for more than an hour then this can cause the cheese to mold. We recommend placing it on a counter or in a cupboard and allow it to air dry. Refrigerating is not recommended as this will result in moisture loss and will cause the chew to crack and become brittle.

Do you manufacture Nak Snacks ?

We do not have a manufacturing facility to make our Nak Snacks. Instead we collect the finished product from rural community co-ops in the Himalayas (currently Eastern Nepal and the mountains of West Bengal in India), which use traditional methods in making it for human consumption as well. They are then shipped to our facility where we inspect them for quality and provide packaging.

Do you manufacture Nak Snacks ?

We do not have a manufacturing facility to make our Nak Snacks. Instead we collect the finished product from rural community co-ops in the Himalayas (currently Eastern Nepal and the mountains of West Bengal in India), which use traditional methods in making it for human consumption as well. They are then shipped to our facility where we inspect them for quality and provide packaging.

Do you manufacture Nak Snacks ?

Our Nak Snacks are great because there is minimal waste to them. When your dog chews the chew down to a small piece where you would normally toss it due to potential choking or swallowing hazards, you can pop it in the microwave for 45-60 seconds (based on an 1100 watt microwave – add 10 second increments if not fully puffed) and it will puff up into a crunchy cheese puff treat that we call Nak Chips, Nak Biscuits, or Nak Bitz. Just place the piece in the microwave (NOT recommended to put on a paper towel), puff up, let it cool for 2 minutes and your dog will have a cheeto like crunchy treat.

**NOTE Once Nak Snacks are puffed, they cannot be made into a hard bone type form again **

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