Is rawhide bad for puppies?

Asked by Angel on Jul 18th 2008 in Pet Products
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Daisy~ CGC ♥ TDI

It can be in large amounts.
Decrease the size of the rawhide, and the ammount you give. Don't give one a day, or 3 each day. Try one every other day.
Make sure the brand is good, like Dingo or Milk-Bone, a company that is popular and carries lots of products.

Daisy has thrown up after eating some, so do be cautious. To be even more safe, when the puppy is eating it, if she happens to break it in half, and the other piece is lieing on the floor.. take that piece away and save it for another time.

Daisy~ CGC ♥ TDI answered on 7/18/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


It's not "bad" for them. It just requires supervision and knowing your dog to give it safely.

You shouldn't give normal rawhide to a hard-core chewer. The better option would be pressed rawhide which is tougher and doesn't come off in edible chunks. For normal chewers, regular rawhide is fine in moderation. Some other chews you might want to try are lamb, cow, or pig ears, bully sticks, Kongs with peanut butter, dried pig snouts, dried cow tails, or a raw meaty bone.

Make sure your puppy doesn't eat large chunks of rawhide since rawhide expands once it hits the stomach which can cause blockages.

Member 409208 answered on 7/19/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

El Capitans Oakey

No way!
It helps them with teething!
What do you hink Shelby and Duke chew on?
I would advise you get a rawhide or a big treat bone!

El Capitans Oakey answered on 7/19/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Rawhide is considered bad. You would have to moniter your dogs to be careful they don't choke or swallow a chunk of it. Some rawhides are thinner than others, making chewing it faster, which means that your dogs can easily choke.

Find a good brand of dog rawhide that is thick so so your dog has a longer time chewing it, which means they can go steady and not too fast. Many dogs have no problem with rawhide, if you have great supervision at all times. But make sure not to give too much because if there is too much rawhide, they can bloat. :)

So rawhide isn't bad, just find the right brand that is right and have the right supervision.

Chuppy answered on 7/23/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 4 Report this answer


In my opinion raw hides are horrible. Especially for breeds with sensitive stomachs. Raw hides are treated with bleach based chemicals to preserve them. Over time this can poison your dog. Also since they are rolled and dried and large pieces they can be swallowed and become trapped in the stomach or intestines of the dog. I have also read quite a few disturbing articals about them I feed my dogs knuckle bones you can get them at petsmart they absolutely love them!

Nikkia answered on 7/26/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


We think that our new 4 lb. 10 week old puppy (French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix) might have swallowed a soggy half inch wide x 5 inch long piece last night. We called Veterinary Specialty Center, which is a highly respected practice in our area. They didn't seem to concerned about it, they said to keep an eye on the dog. If it starts vomiting, won't eat, or can't pass stools, we should bring her in. Hopefully she will pass it. We asked if they thought we should get it x-rayed or induce vomiting, they still took a wait and see approach. Does anyone have any thoughts on this. We are calling our regular Vet today to see what they advise. We aren't sure she ate it, one of the other dogs could have it somewhere. We are just worried because we can't find it.

Member 983147 answered on 4/23/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer