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Are Pig's ears safe?

I normally stick to what I know but this weekend I went out puppy shopping and took Belle with me and she jumped right up and pulled down a pig's ear from the bin. They did say made in the USA on the box. But does anyone know about the safety? My girls seem to really like them but they like all kinds of stuff that isn't good for them. After the chicken jerky scare- I freak out!

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The woman I got Molly from swears pig's ears are great for them. As I'm typing this Molly's tearing hers to shreads! She loves it!!
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yeah, mine devoured them but I didn't know if it was about competition. Belle isn't too picky but loves junk food but Dora ate hers within about 2 hours too!

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They are high in fat so they need to be given in moderation with that in mind. Also the dog should be supervised to make sure that they do not choke. That said, mine have both enjoyed a pig ear one time.
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I'm interested in replies to this too. I was always told to avoid them along with rawhides due to risk of choking and/or intestinal obstruction.

But one of my friend's brought one to Tessa a few weeks ago and I didn't want to be rude and refuse it. Well, Tessa was in heaven. She was hilarious. Not only did she LOVE it, she carried it around the house in her mouth looking at us out of the corner of her eye and running past us lest we try to steal it from her. (as if we wanted it...lol) Then she'd "bury" it in various places in the house but would have to move it to a new place every so often just in case we might discover her hiding place. She would also take it outside to bury it in the mulch (very messy!)

I've never seen her act like that with any other treat. It was a constant source of amusement for me and DH So I hope they are OK!
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Lincoln loved pigs' ears, but they are quite greasy. They ended up giving him the runs when he was a puppy, so no more

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My guys LOVE pigs ears too!! They don't get them very often, but when I do, it is ALWAYS outdoors because, yes they are greasy and can stain your furniture!! Lily actually loves her so much, that she will burry in the garden any remaining pieces, to go back and get at a later date!

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Both of my boys love pig ears,but I saw a show on Emergency vet that the vet does not recommend them. He said it can cause damage because of the sharp edges. A better alternative he said was lamb's ears....same principle,but without the rough edges. That being said,I do occasionally give my boys a pig ear. You might also try a pig snout...tasty for them,but without the rough edges.

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Mine LOVE the pig ears. We give them each one about once a month. They hide them, fight over them and just have a great doggie time with them!
Oscar likes to collect all the treats and lay on them as he contently chews on one and lets the others watch and drool!
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Ick. This topic sounds so grorss. Jan - Gryff does the same thing with his flossies.

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