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Old 03-24-2011, 01:23 PM
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Question Raw hide bones?

Hi. I've noticed that many of you are not fans of raw hides. My puppy loves them, but now I'm worried about giving them to him as treats. Why are they so bad? Do they cause health issues?
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:48 PM
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It depends on how your puppy chews them. If they break off big pieces, then these can get stuck and not pass through or choke the dog. Some people allow raw hide under supervision (i.e. while being watched). Bully sticks might be a better option since they can digest those (yes they are dried bull penis). These are probably best supervised as well though.
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Like Mavrk said above, big pieces can get caught and are not easily digestable. There are a couple of GRs on this forum who have had surgery to remove them. With that being said, I am not against offering a rawhide while my dog is under my constant supervision. My dog is not a fan of chewing on the rawhide - he has had one for about 6 weeks now that he just carries around with him everywhere - takes it to bed, takes it with him when he goes outside to pee, but hasn't chewed it yet. What a weirdo! lol
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Yeah, Molson, you weirdo! :P I`m so paranoid about what my dogs chew so they don`t get rawhide... however, my in laws have 5 huge labs who range in age from 9 to 14 and have been eating rawhide their whole lives and never had problems. They can eat an entire big bone in a day.
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Rawhide can also cause indigestion for some dogs. Plus if your dog is a casual chewer and takes the bone everywhere including outside and dunks the bone in his water bowl (WHY must they do that anyway), it can grow bacteria. o_O

Our dogs chew rawhide bones... they are safe enough, with monitoring.
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Plus if your dog is a casual chewer and takes the bone everywhere including outside and dunks the bone in his water bowl (WHY must they do that anyway), it can grow bacteria. o_O
Mojo does that with his tennis balls. We hear the *BLOOP!!!* and know exactly what it is...
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Having had to fetch a large piece of rawhide from Finn's throat (he came to me when he knew he was in trouble and couldn't breathe), I won't have them in my house.
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I was told rawhides weren't safe for puppies.

What age is it "okay" for them to have a rawhide?
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I was told rawhides weren't safe for puppies.

What age is it "okay" for them to have a rawhide?
I think it all depends....

Our guy got to chew on his big brother's rawhide bones when he was a puppy. But he wasn't eating pieces off of them or getting them when they were soft. Jacks would stalk after Danny and try to get "pre-chewed" and softened bones from him - and I wouldn't let him get those for safety reasons.

The hilarious thing is now that Jacks is grown up, he's the one being stalked by our collie who prefers pre-chewed bones.
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We tried rawhide with Ben, our three year old rescue. He loved them, to the point of becoming aggressive when I walked near him while he was chewing it. He would eat a whole bone in about an hour. What I really disliked though was that he would get a gluey mess all over his legs, chest, face and the rug. We switched to marrow bones, which he still chews up (though not entirely) and makes a mess with, but at least it's a little more healthy than rawhide.
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