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Why Rawhide is Dangerous for Your Dog

Why Rawhide is Dangerous for Your Dog, and Safe Alternatives

One of the most common and popular dog treats available today is the rawhide. While rawhides promote healthy teeth and gums, help with teething, and keep your pet from chewing items in your house, they can also be dangerous.

Rawhides might seem safe for your dog to chew on, but they can actually be a choking hazard, especially smaller pieces, which can get stuck in your pet’s throat. Additionally, because rawhides can expand when wet, they can become lodged in your dog’s digestive tract causing gastrointestinal problems, or a life-threatening blockage.

Another reason why some rawhides are dangerous is because they are made with deadly poisons or in foreign countries, particularly China and Thailand. Unfortunately, the chemicals used to make rawhides, such as arsenic and formaldehyde, often remain on the rawhide after processing, which means they are then consumed by your pet. Additionally, tests have shown that rawhides manufactured in Asian countries often contain skins of other dogs, instead of just the skins of cows, which can be harmful for your dog to consume.

So what should I give my dog to chew?

A great alternative to rawhides are Bully Sticks. Made from the pizzle of a bull, these dehydrated chews are 100% digestible and can provide hours of chew time! Another option is Pressed Rawhide, made from layers of beef hide, tightly pressed under extreme pressure. This process of compression makes for an extremely dense chew that is 100% digestible. Lastly, any dehydrated organ such as esophagus, lung or intestine serve as a tasty, nutritional alternative to rawhide. These softer chews are more ideal for small to medium size dogs.

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