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Rawhide chew danger - $2000 + later...

On Friday, my husband and I headed out to the valley for lunch with some retired friends we haven't seen in a few years. Just as we were leaving the house, they told us that they had to take their young dog (toy breed, 14 months old) to the vet because she was vomiting all night. We were a little concerned, but they told us the vet wanted to keep her for observation, so we would still be going to lunch.

While at the restaurant, they got the call from the vet that had done x-rays and she had a blockage in the esophagus. They said they were not capable of removing it from that area and had made arrangements for her to be received at an emergency veterinary facility in Sacramento (1.5 hours north). We all jumped in the car, picked up their dog from their vet and rushed up to the hospital in Sacramento. They received a quote of $2300 (at the high end) to do additional x-rays (to make sure it hadn't moved since the last films were done), to use a scope down her throat and to try to remove it. If they couldn't remove it by that method, they would need to do surgery at additional costs. Ugh.

Thankfully, they were able to reach it by scope and pulled it back out. It was a small piece of rawhide she had broken off a rawhide chew. It was slightly larger than the size of a quarter and was blocking her esophagus.

By the way, the bill for the emergency vet was over $2000. That doesn't include the bill from their own vet for x-rays, exam and hospitalization for the morning. All this from a .75˘ chew.

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Yikes! I'm glad everything turned out okay but definitely makes you stop and consider rawhides, bullysticks, etc. - No matter how much they beg!

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Yikes! Another reminder to stay away from rawhide chews!

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jill i think bullysticks are digestible, but rawhide is not...am i right here folks?

kimberly i'm so glad they were able to remove the piece with a scope, but what a terrible way to learn this lesson.

the only things posh gets to chew on are flossies these days, which are also digestible, and only when mommy's home...although i've noticed that all of my daughter's polly pockets are "disabled," so i know how these things can happen...and my daughter does a great job of cleaning up her toys. i've actually seen posh pick them out of the bag...little stinker!
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Wow, that's scary (and expensive)! I've never liked rawhide chews as they get so slimy and gooey. I hope Flossies are o.k.

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I've stopped the rawhide but let Gwenni chew on bully sticks because I hear they are digestible. I really don't know though. What a price we all have to pay meaning our emotions, money and of course our precious little ones not feeling good. I just went through a scare and expense with Gwenni. But so glad they were able to get to it and gtet it out with no sugery.


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That is so frightening. I occasionally give them all rawhide bones, or should I say in the past I have. I guess no more.

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Geri, I give them to the young puppies that can only gnaw and sometimes I will keep one in my travel bag in the car. As soon as we got back into the car after picking up their dog, I held up one of my rawhide flips and proclaimed, "This one is going straight into the garbage now." My puppies can have other chew items so as to not put our other dogs at risk. It just isn't worth it.

The specialist that helped their dog said the majority of blockages they see are caused by rawhide.

Amy, I think you are right about the digestibility.
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Egads. How scary! I never liked rawhide chews because of their consistency when chewed on for some time and never gave them to Pablo. I stick with Flossies, N-Bone and Healthy Edible Bones under supervision.

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Rawhide is dried and processed cow hide. Skin, leather, hard to digest.

Bully sticks are...well...meat. Dried and somewhat processed, but easily digestible.

Any chew made from only muscle tissue/meat is fully digestible.

When looking at a 'natural' chew, ask yourself if the product is made from 'muscle meat' or 'skin' and you'll have the answer as to whether it's a safe chew or not.

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