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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Remove Rawhide From Your Dog and Replace Them With These Chewy Alternatives!


Rawhide chews and bones are very popular because they are inexpensive, come in all sorts of sizes, and can last for days or even weeks! However, rawhide is extremely dangerous! It is so dangerous, that I am stunned they can still sell it. In fact, the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA both discourage rawhide consumption and list it among the dangerous household products for pets. If you still use rawhide, read on to find out more about why you should stop - and what chewing alternatives are out there.


 
For those who are unaware (and I was one of them) rawhide is the inner layer of cow or horse hides that has been cleaned and stripped of hair. In order to remove the hair from this layer, the hide must be soaked in chemicals, primarily sodium sulfide and is then washed and whitened with hydrogen peroxide, dried, and twisted into shapes and then held together with glue. Sometimes they add flavorings or coatings to make them appetizing for dogs. Other toxins, such as trace amounts of arsenic and formaldehyde have been detected in rawhide treats as well.

If that isn't enough to discourage you from buying rawhide there are plenty of other health reasons to deter you from giving them to your dog such as choking, salmonella (because rawhide is made from animal skins and material), digestive distress, and intestinal blockage. 

Now that I've convinced you to toss out the rawhide I want you to know that there are plenty of safe, delicious, healthy, and budget-friendly alternatives for your dog and these three are among my favorite: 


 
Ice Cube Dog Treats - You can always go DIY and make your own frozen concoctions (peanut butter, yogurt, and broth, for example) that your dog can work on for hours.


Marrow bones - The best and most economical ones are found in your grocer's freezer and can last for days! Not only are they good for your dog's teeth but they also provide a good dose of calcium. Please DO NOT buy the small bones because they can easily wrap around your dog's jaw which will result in an expensive vet bill when he removes it! Also, they are messy so be sure to keep them on tile floors!


Kong Classic toys are made from a tough puncture proof rubber and can bounce in unpredictable directions making it a very enjoyable toy for your dog. The hollow inside they can be filled with peanut butter, pumpkin, or a combination of ingredients

I hope this post deters you from purchasing rawhide chew toys and that these alternatives will be part of your dog's life very soon! If you have any other chew toy suggestions or recipes to add to the ones I have already suggested please leave a comment! 
Rawhide chews and bones are very popular for dogs. They come in all sorts of sizes, and they are pretty economical to buy. Depending on the dog, a rawhide can last days or even weeks! However, rawhide is extremely dangerous. It is so dangerous, that I am stunned they can still sell it. In fact, the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA both discourage rawhide consumption and list it among the dangerous household products for pets (next to pesticides and cleaning chemicals). If you still use rawhide, read on to find out more about why you should stop - and what chewing alternatives are out there. - See more at: http://www.embracepetinsurance.com/pet-care/dangers-of-rawhide#sthash.tDePyWOm.dpuf
Rawhide chews and bones are very popular for dogs. They come in all sorts of sizes, and they are pretty economical to buy. Depending on the dog, a rawhide can last days or even weeks! However, rawhide is extremely dangerous. It is so dangerous, that I am stunned they can still sell it. In fact, the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA both discourage rawhide consumption and list it among the dangerous household products for pets (next to pesticides and cleaning chemicals). If you still use rawhide, read on to find out more about why you should stop - and what chewing alternatives are out there. - See more at: http://www.embracepetinsurance.com/pet-care/dangers-of-rawhide#sthash.tDePyWOm.dpuf
Rawhide chews and bones are very popular for dogs. They come in all sorts of sizes, and they are pretty economical to buy. Depending on the dog, a rawhide can last days or even weeks! However, rawhide is extremely dangerous. It is so dangerous, that I am stunned they can still sell it. In fact, the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA both discourage rawhide consumption and list it among the dangerous household products for pets (next to pesticides and cleaning chemicals). If you still use rawhide, read on to find out more about why you should stop - and what chewing alternatives are out there. - See more at: http://www.embracepetinsurance.com/pet-care/dangers-of-rawhide#sthash.tDePyWOm.dpuf

2 comments:

  1. Antlers are another iffy chew. Some dogs are OK with them; others chew so hard that they can break a tooth. Seems like there's very little that's safe for a dog to chew on for any length of time.

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    1. I agree with you about the antlers! In all of my years as a pet sitter I've never been in a home where they've been but I can see how they could be a danger! I think you're right about not letting dogs chew too long on anything without supervision.

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