Is Rawhide Safe or Harmful for Your Dog?

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If you are seeking a popular treat for dogs, opt for the Rawhide chews. You might have heard that rawhide is a benefactor for your dog’s teeth, and it also helps him to chew. But are there any disadvantages to giving your dog rawhide treats? Are there other substitutions that work just as strongly? Following are the things that you need to pay heed to:

What are the ingredients present in rawhide dog treats?

Rawhide treats can be derived from the inner layer of cow or horse hides. During manufacturing, the hides are cleaned and cut properly. Then they are crushed into chewable dog treats of various shapes and sizes. Also, some rawhide treats have beef, chicken, or liver flavorings to make them more attractive for dogs.

What are the advantages of rawhide?

All dogs require to chew. It is an instinct. Many of them take hours to chew every day. Chewing can boost your dog’s stimulation and help in driving away anxiety. Especially with the pup, treats like rawhide bones can be an ideal substitute for your leather shoes and the table legs of your dining room.

Chewing also makes dogs’ jaws healthy, teeth clean, and breath a bit fresher. In addition, dogs that chew daily on rawhides and other bones or toys do not get infected with the plaque and happen to build up tartar on teeth.

Is there any risk linked with rawhide dog treats?

 The risks are relatively small if we consider the amount of rawhide consumed by puppies each year. Still, risks can be severe, so don’t dodge them. Instead, weigh the risks and advantages of rendering rawhides based upon your dog’s chewing needs and behaviors.

Following are the most popular rawhide risks:

Infection:  As with pet toys, rawhide chews can have a trace of amounts of toxic chemicals. And, as with other pet (or human) foods, Salmonella or E. coli infection is possible. Thus, even humans can be at risk when coming into contact with these bacteria on rawhide treats.

Digestive irritation: Some dogs are simply delicate or allergic to rawhide or other substances used in their manufacture. It can cause problems, such as diarrhea.

Strangling or blockages:  Rawhide bones and other edible chews can lead to a strangling and blockage risk. It is a much more significant risk than infection or digestive issues. If your dog gulps large pieces of rawhide by any chance, the rawhide can block the esophagus or some other part of the digestive tract. Based on its size and location, a vet may separate these pieces reasonably easily via the throat. However often, abdominal surgery is required to remove them from the stomach or intestines. If it does not get fixed, the blockage can cause death.

How to make rawhide chews more reliable for the pup?

If you plan to give your dog rawhide, you can take some precautions to make them safer. For instance, to subside your chance of exposure to contaminants, wash your hands thoroughly after handling these treats. Also, try to keep young children and family members with immune system problems away from tackling them at all.

To preserve your dog:

Ask your vet about the quantity that is safe to give your dog. The thumb rule is bigger the dog, the more the chews. Especially at first, provide one at a time. Then wait a day to see how your dog’s intestinal system responds.

Make your dog maintain a safe distance from other pets so they can calmly chew. This process will refrain your dog from swallowing large pieces whole. Doing this perhaps can be especially relevant if you have a dog that is highly territorial around food.

Offer various types of rawhide, but only when you can control and see how your pup is handling the treat. For example, are they gulping large bites? Are they beginning to gag or strangle? If so, take the pleasure away and check with your vet about the substitution of rawhide or different types of chew treats or toys.

We recommend you take the rawhide chew away from your dog when it is small enough to gulp whole. If it is tough to get your dog to quit the rawhide chew, try to make him sit and offer some other treat.

Wendy Hendriks

Wendy Hendriks

This is Wendy Hendriks From iClean Internationals Ltd. Life-long learner, committed to working hard at self directed learning environment.

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