Rawhides: The Good, the Bad, and the Not so Bad

Rawhides are sold almost everywhere, so they can’t be bad? Right? Think again.

The Good.

  • Promotes good dental health

When moistened, rawhide wraps around your dog’s teeth and rubs off any plague. This will reduce the risk of acquiring severe dental problems.

  • Relieves teething pain

Your poor cute puppy’s teeth are finally coming in. Unfortunately, it hurts. Chewing on rawhide will help them feel less pain, and strengthen their jaws.

  • Keeps your dog busy for hours

Trying to work on an article, but your pup isn’t going to let you. Rawhide chews will keep your pup busy for hours, letting you finish your article and check your Facebook.

  • Teaches dogs what’s okay to chew

If you find your dog with a half-chewed sneaker, try trading them for a rawhide. They’ll learn that sneakers are not what they’re supposed to eat.

  • Most dogs love them

We don’t know why, but they do.

The Bad.

  • It can be a choking hazard

Once your pup swallows a tiny bit of rawhide, it can become lodged in their throat, putting them in danger. When the rawhide becomes small enough to swallow, take it away and throw it out.

  • It can cause gastrointestinal problems

When your dog swallows a piece of salivated over rawhide it can expand, putting them at risk of fatal blockage.

  • Not all rawhides are safe for consumption

Some rawhides made outside the US are made from toxic materials.

  • Some rawhides contain the skin of dogs

The skin of slaughtered dogs in Thailand is mixed in with other skins to produce rawhide toys that are regularly exported to and sold the US.

The Not so Ugly.

There are alternatives to regular rawhide (if you still choose to buy it). Toys, in general, are always a good idea, but here are some toys that will keep your dog safe and busy.

Pups will have a great time trying to get treats out of a Kong toy.

This toy wobbles and entertains! You can even put kibble or small treats inside, and change the level of difficulty to get it out.

This ball is similar to the Bob-A-Lot. There’s a single hole in which you place treats, then, when your pup plays with it, the treats fall out! Even after all the treats are gone, your dog will continue to play with it in hopes of one last treat.

Do you let your dog chew on rawhide? Have you ever had any problems with it?

This is also our first time participating in Sugar and Kol’s Tasty Tuesday Blog Hop, or any Blog Hop for that matter. Thank you to Sugar and Kol for hosting it!

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4 thoughts on “Rawhides: The Good, the Bad, and the Not so Bad

  1. We don’t give Sugar rawhide. We read many articles on the dangers of rawhide. Golden Woofs
    BTW: you can add this post on our Tasty Tuesday blog hop.

  2. I’m told that rawhides don’t digest, either. Jones refuses to make them because of the dangers. We find that Hooves and marrow-filled bones are great distractions for dogs, as well as being beneficial for their dental health. A good bully stick is also magic for dogs.

  3. A friend of mine watched her dog choke to death in front of her chewing on a raw hide and Felix got a VICIOUS stomach infection after eating a “high quality US-Made” one the first year we had him and after that I said NO MORE. Even if it does promote dental health, there are other things you can do that are safer and more effective.

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