Can Yak Chews Cause Diarrhea in Dogs?

As devoted dog parents, we’re always on the lookout for treats that not only satisfy our pups’ chewing instincts but also contribute to their overall health. Yak cheese chews have emerged as a popular option for dogs, offering a natural, protein-rich alternative to traditional chews. However, with reports of these treats causing diarrhea and other digestive issues, it’s essential to delve deeper into whether yak chews are the right choice for our canine companions.

What Are Yak Cheese Chews?

Yak cheese chews, commonly known as yak chews, are a type of natural dog chew made from the milk of yaks, often combined with cow milk. This mixture is then turned into a hard cheese through a traditional production process that uses simple ingredients and no artificial additives. The result is a hard chew that comes in a variety of sizes, catering to different breeds and weights, and is dark yellow in color. Yak chews are praised for their benefits, such as promoting dental health by keeping teeth clean and providing a source of protein.

Benefits of Yak Chews

  • Dental Health: Scientific studies suggest that chewing on hard treats like yak chews can help scrape away plaque and tartar, promoting oral health. A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry found that dogs who regularly chewed on hard treats had a significant reduction in plaque and tartar build-up.
  • Protein Content: Yak chews are a good source of protein, which is essential for a dog’s muscle development and energy. The protein content in yak chews can vary, but they typically contain around 50-60% protein, as per nutritional analysis.
  • Natural Chewing: They satisfy a dog’s natural chewing instincts, which can provide mental stimulation and reduce stress. According to a study in Applied Animal Behaviour Science, chewing can reduce cortisol levels, a stress-related hormone, in dogs.
  • Healthier Option: As a natural product with all-natural ingredients, yak chews are often seen as a healthier option compared to calorie-dense treats or chews with artificial components.

Digestive Issues and Yak Chews

Despite their benefits, yak chews can cause digestive issues in some dogs. The hard texture can lead to pieces breaking off, which dogs may swallow, potentially causing an upset stomach or even a bout of diarrhea. Dogs with food sensitivities or a sensitive stomach may be particularly at risk. Additionally, the lactose content in yak milk can be problematic for lactose-intolerant dogs, leading to digestive discomfort and chronic diarrhea.

Understand the Risks

  • Choking Hazard: Large pieces can pose a choking risk or cause blockages in the digestive tract.
  • Tooth Fractures: The hardness of yak chews can sometimes lead to dental issues, including broken teeth.
  • Lactose Intolerance: Dogs with lactose intolerance may experience an upset stomach after consuming yak chews due to their dairy content.

Choose the Right Chew for Your Dog

When selecting a chew for your dog, consider their size, chewing style, and dietary needs. For dogs with a sensitive stomach, softer chews or specially formulated digestive chews may be a safer option. Always supervise your dog during chew time to ensure they are not biting off and swallowing large pieces.

Alternatives to Yak Chews

If yak chews are not suitable for your dog, there are many alternatives that can provide similar benefits without the risk of digestive issues:

  • Bully Sticks: These are a digestible, single-ingredient treat that can satisfy your dog’s chewing needs.
  • Rubber Toys: Durable rubber toys can be stuffed with treats like peanut butter to provide long-lasting entertainment.
  • Dental Chews: There are various types of dental chews designed to be both digestible and beneficial for your dog’s teeth.
  • Raw Bones: Uncooked bones from beef or other meats can be a natural chew option, but always choose bones that are appropriate for your dog’s size to avoid choking or tooth damage.

Monitor Your Dog’s Reaction to New Treats

If you notice signs of an upset stomach, such as diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain, discontinue the treat and consult your veterinarian. It’s also important to maintain a balanced diet, ensuring your dog gets the right mix of solid foods, wet food, and treats to maintain a healthy weight and prevent weight gain.


Yak cheese chews can be a delightful and beneficial treat for many dogs, offering a natural, protein-packed chewing experience. However, they may not be the best choice for dogs with food sensitivities, a history of digestive issues, or those prone to aggressive chewing. As responsible dog parents, it’s our duty to make informed choices about our pets’ treats, considering their individual health needs and preferences. By doing so, we can ensure that our dogs enjoy their chews safely and happily.

Attention Retailers, Wholesalers, and Dog Chew Manufacturers:

Are you on the lookout for premium-quality Himalayan yak cheese chews to offer your discerning customers? We extend a warm invitation to explore the bulk-buying options and customized manufacturing solutions provided by Lekali Dog Chew Nepal.

Why Choose Us?

  • Private Label Himalayan Dog Chew Manufacturer: Based in the heart of Nepal, we are a beacon of excellence and authenticity.
  • Dedicated Expert Team: Our specialists are well-versed in the intricate process of producing authentic yak chews.
  • Quality and Safety Standards: Each chew is a testament to our commitment to the highest standards of quality and safety.
  • Traditional Methods: We honor time-honored cheese-making traditions to craft our chews.
  • All-Natural Ingredients: Our products are made from the pure milk of yaks/cows that graze in the pristine Himalayas.
  • Cultural Heritage: Each chew is not just a treat; it’s a piece of our rich cultural heritage.

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We take pride in exporting our high-quality yak chews worldwide and are eager to collaborate with businesses eager to expand their product offerings.

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Latika Golyan
Latika Golyan

Latika Golyan, Founder and Managing Director of Lekali Nepal (the parent organization of Dog Chew Nepal). Her vision is to help dog food retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers see the business value of Lekali dog chews from Nepal and 10x the exports from the country by 2027.

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