The Giant Dog milk bone FAQ List

medium milk bone dental chews
We decided to give these dog treats a try. Before doing so though, I had a few questions. I realized I wasn't the only one...So I made an FAQ

We decided to give these dog treats a try. Before doing so though, I had a few questions. I made sure to check it out fully because I saw some strange questions online. Here are all the questions that people are asking about this brand of dog products. We are still wondering “why do dogs like milk bones so much”? Seriously, those treats do not smell extra delicious or look super fancy. Eh, maybe it’s their own secret recipe that makes the brand so successful.

Milk-Bone Quick Facts

Here’s the first quick fact: our dog absolutely loves Milk Bone Dog Treats. She gladly “reviews” all of her Milk Bones, one by one until they disappear into her tummy like magic.

Who Makes Milk Bones?

The company behind Milk Bones is the Big Heart Pet Brands company with headquarters in San Francisco, California.

Most Popular milk bone Dog Biscuits

I noticed that specific types of Milk Bone products were being restocked constantly in our grocery store. The dental chews are a great favorite (especially in medium size in our neighborhood). Here are a few that I saw were popular among other dog owners.

Milk Bone Trail Mix

Think of this as granola but for dogs. There are many different types of dog biscuits in the bag. It’s a mix of crunchy and chewy textures. If you have a big dog, I can imagine these being useful. For our little one…it would be an utter mess. I did see that people who own at least two dogs really like the trail mix because some dogs prefer one type of biscuit while the other dogs prefer some of the other types of biscuits available in that bag.

Milk Bone Dental Brushing Chews

The milk bone dental brushing chews are available in small, medium, large. They come in packages of 267 grams (12 treats per bag of medium dental chews). These can be used as daily treats. There are no artificial flavors in these treats. When we gave our dog one of these, she was puzzled at first, then shy…before jumping on it and eating it all happily! I don’t know if it helps brush her teeth but she does seem to chew it in a way that would clean her teeth for sure if it was a toothbrush!

benefits of dental chews milk-bone
This is a visual from the official dental treats page on

Pill Pouches by Milk-Bone

Ok, now I am interested by these. I have tried different brands of pill pouches and even bought the cat version (smaller than the dog version). Some are great, some are an absolute failure. Normally, the more expensive ones I bought at the vet worked best. I really hope that these would be a low cost alternative. We travel quite a lot with our dog and sometimes we give her something our vet recommends before a flight to help her stay relaxed but awake. Enter pill pockets or pill pouches!

These pill pouches come in bacon flavor and in “made with real” chicken flavor 🙂 – the chicken flavor seems to be more popular among dogs and their owners.

Milk Bone Soft and Chewy

I saw that these products come in 2 flavors:

Milk-Bone MaroSnacks

The concept is simple for the MaroSnacks: crunch on the outside and umami goodness on the inside. Dogs love that mix of texture. These are available in small and large, no medium for right now! Take note: folks seem to say that their dogs love these treats but that they aren’t easy to find.

Milk Bones come in small, medium and large sizes to fit any type of dog!

what size is your dog? mini, small, medium, large - Milk Bones size guide
I love this visual on the official brand website. You can filter the products on the site by dog size. It’s awesome!

Milk Bones Coupons

I haven’t been able to find a reliable coupon for the Milk Bones products. However, l have found them to be available on promotion at Walmart (rollbacks) and in dollar stores (surprisingly!).

Are Milk Bones Bad for Dogs?

For those of you wondering if milk bones are safe. It’s just that some of them contain BHA, a food preservative that is a categorized as a possible carcinogen. Here’s what we found regarding BHA for human consumption.

Do Milk Bones Cause Cancer?

Short answer is no, milk bones are not known to cause cancer in pets. It’s a common myth that was propagated online for years. There have been a lot of discussions on Facebook regarding BHA – a preservative in Milk Bones that might cause cancer or endocrine issues. The company’s response to the cancer fear was: “We add a very small amount of BHA to our treats as an anti-oxidant that helps to preserve fats and protect against staleness. At these trace amounts, it is completely harmless.” Truth is, no scientific studies link BHA to cancer (yet?!).  

Milk Bone Dog Biscuits Recall

Milk-Bone brand dog treats have never been recalled, according to our research. But that doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. 2 sizes of biscuits (Lot #12071K) were withdrawn from distribution in 2011. They were recalled because the dog biscuits had not completely dried after baking. There were however some pretty scary recalls of other dog food products made by the parent company owning Milk Bone.

Milk Bone Dog Biscuit Ingredients

This dog biscuit was originally made made from minerals, meat products, and milk. That’s also where it gets its name from. Originally, it was named Maltoid but was renamed Milk Bone due to the high cow milk content. Milk Bones do contain BHA, grains and sugar, depending on the product. I advise you to check each product’s individual list of ingredients.

Milk Bones Vitamins

The one thing clearly labelled regarding the ingredients is that Milk Bones contain a dozen of vitamins and minerals. Milk Bones are fortified with calcium, folic acid, biotin, and vitamins A, D, E, and B12, and more. Each product needs to be checked to see the exact vitamins present in the dog treats though!

Calories in Milk Bones

We checked the medium sized dental chews and they contain 65 calories per treat. This is why it was clear that it was a once a day type of a treat, not more. 

Grain Free Milk Bones

Milk-Bone Grain-Free is a type of dog treat that’s available. There is no corn, no wheat, no artificial flavors or preservatives like BHA in there. Proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks! Milk-Bone has been around for over 100 years but that doesn’t mean they produce their products like a century ago!

Are milk bones good for dogs?

Moscing upon receiving her Milk Bone Brushing Chews.

Truth is, based on the calorie count, I wouldn’t give this to our dog regularly. It’s a special treat that we will use when we can tell she has gotten bored chewing through her usual favorites.

Our Milk Bones Dog Treats Review

Would we buy the treats again? Maybe not. Milk Bones contain wheat which, along with soy and corn, is more difficult to digest for dogs. However, I would absolutely want to try the grain free formula or some of the healthier choices that seem to be available so stay tuned!

Where Can You Buy milk bones Dog Biscuits?

Online: and

You can find the products available online on the website or on I think that the main website would be worth your time because they have the latest products and seem to have an account. It says on the signup page that you will get offers when you give your email.

Supermarkets: Walmart & Target Sell Milk Bones

We bought our pack at Walmart. It was on rollback which is a decent discount on the product already. I know that there are coupons floating out there for it too if you want to look. For our Canadian readers, has them, along with Dollarama stores.


5 thoughts on “The Giant Dog milk bone FAQ List”

  1. I would caution you about anything grain free. I adopted a retired working dog in perfect health. I put her on quality grain free food and at her next exam they found her heart to be enlarged. Took her off the food, and gave her quality food with grain and three months later she was cleared for a dental. Although her heart reduced in size dramatically she is now on medication for heart disease forever.

  2. My dog eat’s Purina EN Can Dog Food for sensitive stomach.
    Will Milk Bone Brushing Chews Mini have any effect on her stomach.

    • Hello Cathy,
      The recommendation that health professional give regarding any products like this is to give them with moderation to dogs. Give a Milk Bone once in a while and keep an eye on how your dog reacts. If you notice issues, stop giving any.

      Thank you


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