Rawhide - yay or nay?

United States
February 27, 2007 10:46pm CST
Do you give your dogs rawhide? There seems to be debates in the dog world about rawhide being safe or not. What are your feelings on the matter? We do give rawhide, but we're picky about where it comes from. We generally only give it when we can supervise the dogs. I feel that it's no less safe then any other thing I'd give them. It's important to realize that anything could hurt, and that's why we supervise them with all toys and chews. Your thoughts?
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• United States
28 Feb 07
I work at a petstore and rawhide is one of the most commen thing people buy. i dont think there is anything wrong with it when i had a dog my mom use to buy it and nothing was ever wrong. when i have costmers ask me which is best i recoment that because it is most popular. i also depends on the dog if it is a smaller dog i would give him/ her a smaller piece but not to small to choke on. mainly it depends on the person.
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• United States
28 Feb 07
I'm not surprised it's a top-selling item. I've not met a dog that doesn't love rawhide. You're right, it depends on the owner and dog.
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@quatelmon (955)
• United States
28 Feb 07
While there are better chew things for your dog, I feel that rawhide is okay depending on your dog's chewing habbits. I light to medium chewer will usually do okay with it. Heavy chewers are usually the ones who get sick from it and get the blockages. You know your dog best, so the choice is really up to you. My dog gets them occassionally, but he prefers nylabons, pig ears, hooves, real bones filled with yummy treats, and kongs. About the microorganisms...they can grow anywhere. I would not give my dog a rawhide that lasted more than a week, and I would only give it to him while I was home. Nylabones and kongs are great chew toys for when you are away. It's also better to not give your dogs rawhide while they are pups. Edible chew toys are not recommended for them, because they will never really enjoy chewing on other kinds of non-edible toys. That is why my dog only gets them as a treat. Just learn your dogs chew habbits, and rawhide may or may not be good for your dog. There is also something called bullysticks that are fairly good. There are also tendons that they sell, that I feel are probably the best in edible dog chews.
• United States
28 Feb 07
I'd not heard that about not giving pups rawhide, I'll have to look more into that. We've given nyabones, pigs ears (a big favorite), hooves and of course, Kongs. Somehow, though, the rawhides win out every time. I've heard so much about bully sticks recently, now that you brought it up, I'll have to get some. I bet the dogs will love them. I'll also look into the tendons, those sound like something more safe for the dogs? Thanks so much!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
28 Feb 07
Thanks quatelmon for such a great response. Those are the kinds of response I look for on my discussions. Very detailed,informative & interesting. Thanks once again for this awesome response. Happy postings from Grandpa Bob. I'm gonna try to get you to add me as a friend too.
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@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
28 Feb 07
Yes, my dogs get them as a special treat. They really seem to enjoy them and have never had a problem. I also give them dried pig ears, which is their absoloute favorite. Santa never forgets.
• United States
28 Feb 07
Pigs ears are a favorite of my dogs, too. Though they like rawhide the best!
@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
28 Feb 07
I used to be able to get them goat hooves, too, of all things. My border collie adored them, but they were pure murder if stepped on in bare feet. My they get sharp edges if chewed on!
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
28 Feb 07
Nay. I always gave my dogs rawhide, because they LOVE it! Then one fateful night I had one of my dachshunds get very sick, throwing up and blood in her stool. I rushed her to the vet, he checked her from head to toe and started asking all the millions of questions they ask. after 30 minutes or so he figured it out, it was the rawhide. Yes dogs love it and most of the time it is safe, but there is always that small percent that their digestive can no longer digest it and it causes lots of problems. She had been chewing rawhide for years, but this one time cost me over $100.00 so no more rawhide in my house. LOL
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• United States
1 Mar 07
Oh wow, that's a good reason not to allow your dog rawhide! I'm glad she's okay, at least, I hope she is. Thanks for sharing your experience.
28 Feb 07
We give our fur babies rawhides. We limit the amount that we give them each week. They usually get them as treats on Friday night. They have plenty of other toys that they can play with. I do keep an eye on them while they are chewing them. The vet has never said not to give them and we have asked.
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• United States
1 Mar 07
I've asked a few vets myself, and none have had any problems with it. They say there is a risk, as there is with all toys and treats. I've always thought, if vets are fine with it, it should be okay. The breeder we got our Whippet from, though, was very adamant that they're not worth the risk. I guess it really depends on the owner, and what they feel is right. If they're given, it does need to be in moderation.