|Barked: Tue Jul 17, '12 6:33am PST |
|Ok, be on the lookout for signs of blockage. Keep track of how often and the times your dog goes to the bathroom, write this down in case you have to inform your vet. This might sound gross, but actually look at it. Take a stick and break it up and look for chunks of the rawhide to know if it's passing through the digestive track. It's worth it when you really need to know if something's passing or not. Watch your dog eliminate, if they're showing signs of severe straining or distress and nothing seems to be moving take your pup to the vet asap. You're looking for anything out of your dog's ordinary toilet habits.
In general, if your dog is eating, drinking and behaving as usual and then eliminating normally, your pup is probably fine.
There are some good alternatives to rawhide. Naturally shed deer and elk antlers are long lasting healthy chews that get scraped down by the dog and don't break off in chunks. My dog loves them, chews on them for at least an hour a day is now three and I've never had an issue with them.
I hope all is well with your pup!
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