The Top 4 Reasons Not To Give Your Dog Rawhide

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Rawhide and dogs are almost as closely associated as peanut butter and jelly! There is always a whole aisle dedicated to it in the pet store. Rawhide can be good for dog’s teeth, but it can also pose a significant risk to your pet’s health. Below we list the top 4 reasons not to give your dog rawhide.

What is rawhide? Rawhide is a dog chew made from the skin of any cleft-hoofed bovine livestock. There are two layers to the hide, a tough outer layer that is made into leather products like shoes, and a soft inner layer that is used to make rawhide chews. That soft layer is then dried and formed into the familiar shapes of rawhide bones. Occasionally they are flavored with beef, chicken or liver flavorings to make them more appealing to dogs.

There are several potential issues with rawhide chews. Choking, blockages, digestive irritation, and possible contamination are just a few of the issues.

Choking: Rawhides can pose a choking risk if your dog chews off too large a piece and tries to swallow it. There is also a risk of damage to the intestines if the dog chews off a sharp piece of rawhide and ingests it.

Blockages: Blockages can also occur when your dog swallows too large of a piece of rawhide and it becomes stuck in their digestive tract. With a blockage, surgical intervention is almost always needed.

Irritation: Digestive irritation can happen to any dog, simply because they are sensitive or allergic to rawhide or some other substance or flavoring used in the manufacturing process.

Contamination: Rawhide also carries a risk of contamination with salmonella or E. coli. As a food product that has been processed, it carries the risk of possible contamination. Most manufacturers have strict guidelines to prevent this from occurring, but some countries are more lax about their standards than others. If you do purchase rawhide, be sure that it is made and sourced in the USA.

Rawhide has some dental benefits, but the risks far outweigh the benefits. Choking on rawhide is a real issue. It can be avoided by giving dogs alternatives to rawhide, such as vegetable based rawhide substitutes, or injection molded treats like N-Bone bones.

What is your dog’s favorite chew treat?

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February 6th, 2015 by Kathleen Kintz | Posted in:

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