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Quick question...have noticed within threads that rawhide chews are not being used by many members. What is wrong with them?


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There are several reasons rawhides can be dangerous-pieces can break off and cause a choking hazard and because they are not easily digestable they can cause obstructions.

I think there have also been some contamination issues on rawhides not made in the US/Canada.

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I use to give rawhide to my dogs until Christmas. My dogs got rawhide chews made in the USA for Christmas from a well meaning friend. Misty became very ill and was vomiting a brown pudding like substance. I thought OMG she has a blockage. We rushed her to the Vet. She did not have a blockage, her system just can not process rawhide this is rare. My Vet told us he too is guilty of giving his dogs rawhide even though he knows what could happen. Now there will be know rawhide at my house because of Misty. One of my neighbors gives them to her dog who leaves them all over the yard and the squirrels bring them over and bury them in my yard.

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I don't give any of my dogs (big or little) raw hides for two reasons, no nutritional value, and it gives them the runs. bad.

instead they get hooves. pretty stinky but not as bad as a bully stick.
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What about pig ear? I eat them myself so I figure they can't be too bad for dogs, right?
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I was told raw hide does not digest well . I found the pig hoof to be the best chew . I was grossed out at first of the thought. The two I bought have lasted over 2 weeks now and only coast $1.00 eh. For that price I should probably recycle after a week?

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my dogs eat the entire hoof. nothing wasted and you're right they do last a while.

my dogs love pig ears, but it gives them the runs too. to remedy this, I found that with garden shears you can clip the pig ear to the size you desire, to help limit the intake.
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Thanks for the input peoples. I have been giving my dogs the little rawhide twist sticks on the nights they don't get raw bones for ages, maybe they have cast iron stomachs as they have had no problems. I was giving them the hoof trimmings from the horse hooves but my husband doesn't like the smell...every once in a while they find them in the field and bring them home but Mr Meanie takes them away.


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Whimsy likes the rawhide twists and bones and does fine with them. She doesn't chew a whole heck of a lot on them and they last forever!

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