Rawhide bones okay for dogs???

United States
February 9, 2007 1:11pm CST
So if you are knowledgable about dogs will you let me know what you think about raw hide chew bones for dogs? Are they safe and healthy treats? I have heard some people say they are really bad for dogs. Obviously though lots of people give them to their dogs. So do you know? Have you ever gotten a vet's opinion on them? We're getting a new puppy on Monday and I have a million dog questions going through my mind so I'm hoping there are other dog loving people out there wanting to join in this discussion. Thanks!!!
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• India
10 Feb 07
hai dear!dogs are loyal funny tricky loving things.do have a one.
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
9 Feb 07
Rawhide is great for the dog's teeth and gums and can keep them from chewing up your shoes. But sometimes a piece can get stuck in the dog's throat so you should not leave them out when you are not home to watch him. The chews that are made from chopped up rawhide are probably safer than the ones that are whole pieces.
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@weemam (13377)
9 Feb 07
My friend gives them to her dog all the time but watch out for the coloured ones , they can stain the carpet so just take care , her dog ( miss T , ) just loves them , her wee tail goes all the time xx
@taramoon (742)
• Spain
9 Feb 07
lol weeman we're give you rawhide bones and watch your wee tail go...pmsl..sorry could'nt resist xxx
@vkkesu (78)
• United States
9 Feb 07
Vet and obedience trainers will tell you that rawhide bones are bad for dogs. It is good for there teeth, but when they are swallowed they sit in their stomachs unable to digest. I had a neighbor who had a dog that had surgery to remove several rawhide bones from their dog because he didn't chew them up small enough to pass threw his stools. Pigs ears are the best chew food for a dog.
• Canada
9 Feb 07
No rawhide is not good for a dog. We had our dog in training and rawhide is a no no as is pig's ears which I saw posted. If your dog is in the house and you give him something like a pig's ear, that scent will stay wherever he has it like a couch or carpet and they can chew at that spot or dig a hole. Our dog had the chew ropes that are made for dogs to chew as well as "Tuff toys" which has several different types. Gummy bones and gummy chew toys are good too. Larger steak or ham bones were fine but he had them outside to chew on. Up to you of course but it worked for us.
• United States
10 Feb 07
I flat out refuse to give rawhide. The one time I broke my own rule, I almost lost my dog. She started choking on the rawhide. I realized right then why I had that rule! I figured one time wouldn't hurt her - and I was wrong. I also won't allow my Parrot to have any toys with rawhide in them. I just don't like that stuff. I definately wouldn't give it to a puppy, as there are many other options out there.
• United States
10 Feb 07
I flat out refuse to give rawhide. The one time I broke my own rule, I almost lost my dog. She started choking on the rawhide. I realized right then why I had that rule! I figured one time wouldn't hurt her - and I was wrong. I also won't allow my Parrot to have any toys with rawhide in them. I just don't like that stuff. I definately wouldn't give it to a puppy, as there are many other options out there.
@chiyosan (30203)
• Philippines
10 Feb 07
well i think they are okay but dont give too much be3cuase they are not good for the skin of the dog too.. at least that's what my vet told me.
• United States
10 Feb 07
I've never talked to a vet about them. But I know this much. My little maltese dog LOVES them! Plus she gets to chew on them forever and not bug me. When she is just laying there, she likes to keep them near by to have a good chew on. I think she started out on smaller ones, and I dont recall when I began to give them to her but she loves them and I dont know what I'd do without them!
• Philippines
10 Feb 07
Ic see you really love dogs uh!! well actually I think they atr not good for dogs because my dog don't eat that food. I don't know! well ok!! bye!!
@cognigen (121)
• Mexico
10 Feb 07
My wife bred Great Danes for several years when we lived in the USA (Port Angeles Washington); and she lost a puppy once because she allowed him to have a rawhide toy. Rawhide is indigestible, but tastes good to dogs, and if swallowed, can cause extremely serious problems, including intestinal torsion that requires emergency surgery. In the case of the puppy Laurel lost, it was about 8 weeks old at the time; we spent over $3000 on the emergency surgery, and the puppy could not be saved. BAD idea giving rawhide to ANY dog. Knowledgeable pet store owners will not sell them.
@babyhar (1335)
• Canada
10 Feb 07
I know that each & every time we give our dog raw hide bones that she does indeed love to chew on them. But at the same time when it gets closer to them being almost gone. And there is a little bit left.. That she will end up trying to swallow them whole which I find is scary. We've tried stopping her from doing so but she ends up getting to them a lot faster then we do.. And I always get scared that she is going to choke someday or worse cut her insides open. So due to our experience with our dog having them we try not to allow her to eat them on a regular basis. We try to find other treats that don't have such sharp edges. As I know a large majority of the raw hides that they sell these days have such sharp edges. And I would much rather prevent my dog from having her intestines or stomach torn up by limiting the amount of rawhide she chews on or just eliminating them altogether. Because her health comes before a chew toy any day. I've heard that it's best to avoid giving one's dog raw hides. I've heard that they do not digest well, & that they can also get stuck in the dogs throat, as well as swell in the dogs throat to. I've also heard that raw hide bones are also very hard on a dogs stomach.. But also the digestive track of a dog. I also find that after a while when my puppy chews on the rawhides some blood will show up on them. Actually this happens when she chews for a long time and when she just begins chewing. If she's left any sharp edges from previous chewing experiences they will cause her to bleed from the mouth. There's been times where we've given her a rawhide and had to take it away five minutes later because this had happened. I tend to just throw rawhides out if they do this to my puppy too much. I have had the experiences of her coming close to swallowing these types of bones. When she swallows a big hunk of rawhide, usually when she gets to the end of chewing one, I'm always worried that she will either choke while swallowing one of them or when it gets into her stomach that it'll get upset and she'll puke it back up. So I take them away before this can happen. These are the reasons as to why I keep an eye on how she chews on those rawhide bones. If she gets carried away I take it away because I don't want to lose her to a piece of rawhide. I'd much rather get her a chew toy or treat that helps her teeth get cleaned or one that she really enjoys munching on. So, in conclusion I think rawhide bones are okay for dogs but you have to keep them supervised. I don't recommend them though. Just make sure to not let them get too carried away with the rawhide & if it's sharp they may end up cutting a part of their mouth or even when it gets into their digestive system. So you may want to give this a second though before buying these types of bones for your new puppy. Basically, make sure that the rawhides don't have too many sharp edges if you decide to buy them for your new puppy to chew on.. Thanks for allowing me to share! xx
@ster1234 (81)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I have had no problems giving my dogs rawhides, but I do make sure that I am able to supervise while they chew on them.
• United States
10 Feb 07
i haven given my dogs some, in fact all my life our dogs have always had them. i throughly recommend them for puppies becuase they r teething and its suspose to help keep them from chewing on shoes, furniture etc. i wouldnt get the little round stick ones unless u have a tiny puppy, but i would get one thats kinda big a least the size that the puppy could get it mouth around. i dont know anything about them being harmful if they swallow them but i always get the more bigger ones, like maybe the ones that have the knots in them. i have one of my dogs that would eat them 24/7 if i gave them to him and then the othr one would chew for a little while then she was done for a while.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I stick to just beef hide or pig hide because I heard the rawhide is not good for dogs. I do not know what the problem is, but it most likely has to do with digestion. It usually costs a bit more for the real thing, but I value the dog's life so I buy the real.
@dmajkc (196)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I don't think it is necessarily harmful if the dog doesn't go bezerk with it (Like Mine does :D) Our Vet gave us some samples of Greenies to give to our dog.. He loves them. They are supposed to be healthier for them. Who knows.
• United States
10 Feb 07
I have had dogs all my life and i usually always give them rawhide bones they are good for dogs who are teething but they are also good so dogs wont chew on furniture and they will chew on the rawhide instead.my vet has never said that these bones are bad so i think what you are hearing about them being bad for dogs is false.
• United States
10 Feb 07
Our vet suggested to us that we do not give rawhide to our dog. He says that it does not digest right in the stomach. After being chewed it can swell in the stomach and not be passes correctly. There are a lot of other treats for chewing for your dogs. The denta-bones are great, and so are the new greenies they have come out with.
@Auxarcer (151)
• United States
10 Feb 07
In my experience they are not good for dogs. It ends up in their stomach where it isn't digested and often makes them have to throw up to get rid of it. It can also cause them problems when they try to go to the bathroom. I think they should be banned.
• United States
10 Feb 07
I have a dog and she gets rawhide bones all the time. They are good for their teeth. When it gets grungy, out it goes. She prefers pig ears.
• United States
10 Feb 07
We give our dog a rawhide chip every night. He loves them and will eat the whole thing in less than 15 minutes, which is why we only give him the small ones. He doesn't like most rubber toys and destroys all of the cheap plastic ones, so we don't givve him those. I think a lot depends on your dog, but personally, I would wait until your dog is older before giving them to him, they will be less likely to "stop him up" then. Also, always watch him when he is chewing them, no matter his age, in case some gets stuck in his throat. Good luck with your new pup!