Is Rawhide Dangerous for Dogs?
Say No to Rawhide, Cow Hooves, and Pigs Ears
What kind of treats are you feeding your dog? Pet owners will often rely on advertisements, store displays, and advice from friends or neighbors when deciding what to give their canine friends for treats.
I recall talking to my dog's veterinarian about the various treats available on the market. Rawhide was on his list of treats that you should not give to your dog. This included anything from chews and bones to those cute little shoes you get in doggy Christmas stockings.
The reason he recommended against rawhide was because he had performed many operations on his patients in which he had to remove all the little bits of rawhide that the dogs were swallowing from their intestines. The rawhide can collect in the intestines and cause a lot of havoc. Had he not operated on the dogs, they may have died.
Symptoms to Watch For
Should your dog have any of the following problems while eating a rawhide, you should call your vet immediately.
- Pain or a distended abdomen
- Refusing to eat
- Dehydration (dry mouth and/or sunken eyes)
Not All Dogs Can Handle Rawhide
Some dogs are perfectly fine with rawhide while others are not. It is always best to discuss with your veterinarian what types of treats you should and should not allow your pets to have.
Pet treats such as rawhide can contain toxic chemicals. Salmonella contamination is a possibility that can put both you and your pet at risk. Some dogs are allergic to rawhide, and this can cause digestive irritation. Should your dog swallow a large piece of the rawhide it can choke and become stuck in the throat or in the digestive tract.
How to Make Sure Your Dog Does Not Swallow the Rawhide
The best possible way to avoid any problems with rawhide is to eliminate them altogether. However, if you feel that it is necessary to continue to allow your dog to consume rawhide, be sure to supervise them. Throw the treats out before your furry friend has a chance to bite off a piece of the rawhide or when it get small enough to possibly swallow.
Alternatives to Rawhide
There are other treats that you can feed your dog rather than rawhide to clean their teeth and give them something to chew on. Smoked bones are 100% natural and dogs love them.
Kong toys that are made from hard rubber and filled with cookies or peanut butter are a tasty treat for a dog and can keep them entertained for quite some time.
Always check with your veterinarian should you have any concerns whatsoever about what you are giving your pet.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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