|Barked: Tue Jul 12, '05 3:52pm PST |
|I think rawhides are yummy treats for dogs - they are also cheaper than many "fabricated" treats (like nylabone treats, greenies, or cornstarch bimples).
However, here are some facts I know that might make you hesitant giving your dog rawhides:
*Indoor dog owners avoid rawhides because they are too greasy and will stain carpets and furniture.
* Rawhide treats are brittle treats. This means that you should monitor your dog as he chews rawhide treats - if a piece gets lodged in your dog's throat, he can choke on it. It will also cause great deal of pain, as broken pieces may be sharp. A large rawhide chunk can also cause intestinal blockage, which will require a surgery to fix. Just as a comparison, however, choking and intestinal blockage can also happen to your dog when he consumes greenies, especially if your dog is a "gulper" (hates to chew food into little bits, likes to swallow things).
* Rawhides made in foreign countries may not be as strictly regulated as the domestic ones. It's possible that these rawhides may contain high levels of Salmonella virus. Some foreign rawhides are trated with arsenic based preservative, and can kill your dog.
Like anything in life, everything that you do with or feed to your dog is a gamble. I think supervision and willingness to choose quality over bargains will reduce future harm to your dog. The fact that you're questioning the safety of rawhides is already a wonderful sign.
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