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