Somewhere along the line as a pet parent, you might have heard that rawhide chews are good for your dog's teeth and help with their natural instinct to chew. While it might help with your dog's teeth it can also lead to punctured intestines, digestive problems, death, and expensive veterinarian bills.
What are rawhide dog treats made of?
Manufacturers of rawhide for dogs often use the inner layer of horse or cowhides. Typically, the hides are cleaned then ground or cut before being pressed into a chewable dog treat. Sometimes flavorings such as liver, chicken or beef are added to the ingredients to become more appealing for dogs.
Risks Associated with Rawhide Dog Treats
Contamination - Rawhide dog treats can contain small amounts of toxic chemicals that can lead to illness. Salmonella or E Coli contamination is common in rawhides.
Digestive problems - Diarrhea is a common symptom of digestive irritation due to an allergic reaction or sensitivity to the ingredients in rawhide.
Blockages or choking - A common issue with rawhide is small or large pieces getting stuck in the esophagus or other parts of the digestive system. Usually, veterinarians need to remove the pieces from the throat and abdominal region which involves surgery. If a blockage due to rawhide consumption is not resolved it can lead to death.
Symptoms and Signs Your Dog has Consumed Rawhide
As a pet parent, you want to avoid giving your dog rawhide. However, if you have already done so make sure you pay close attention to your dog and act quickly if you notice any of the signs listed below:
Lack of energy
Refusal to eat
Whimpering in pain
Why You Should Never Feed Your Dog Rawhides
It doesn't provide nutritional benefits
It can cause your dog to choke
It can lead to an emergency trip to the animal hospital
Small particles can get caught in the digestive tract causing diarrhea and other digestive problems
Large rawhide pieces can cause blockages in the digestive tract Blockages that are not treated can lead to death
Veterinarian treatment and surgery for rawhide blockages is expensive and can cost $1,600 or more
As a parent, you want to provide your dog with a healthy lifestyle. Allowing them to use their chewing instinct is essential to their well-being. However, rawhide can lead to serious health issues that are irreversible.
Many pet parents that have given their dog rawhide have horror stories that include emergency surgery and their dog being close to the brink of death. Unfortunately, many pet owners have lost their pets due to the simple fact that, with good intentions, they gave their dog rawhide to chew and eat.
The good news is, rawhide is not a necessary requirement for your dog's health or diet regimen. A basic canine raw diet provides your dog with all of the nutrition, vitamins, and minerals they need to be healthy throughout their lifetime!
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