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Have any of you tried C.E.T. Hextra Oral Hygiene chews? My mom won a bag and gave it to us. The reason I'm cautious is that it is beefhide and I never give Harvey any rawhide. It is supposed to be good for their teeth though and of course, I would supervise him with it.

I already gave him one and he absolutely loved it but I'd love to get some advice before giving him anymore. Thanks!
 

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One of my dogs almost choked on one of those. My old vet used to really push them. In fact, Dallas Gold and I had an outing last week and stopped at a pet store where I saw those and made the comment about how unsafe I thought they were.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I was looking at the amazon reviews and it got really good reviews but several people commented that you had to supervise them and they have had to pull it out of their dogs throat!

Just wondering what everyone else thought. I definitely won't buy any and if I do give him any from the free bag, I'll be very careful to watch him. Glad your dog was ok! I think I'll stick to the moo bully sticks.
 

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I think it also depends on how serious a chewer your dog is. Make sure you supervise her if you do let her have them. When they get smaller you might take them away from her.
 

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To be absolutely safe, a dog should be supervised when ever eating or chewing on a treat, bone, etc. There are two sides to the rawhide argument. Generations of pet owners have fed their dogs rawhide and had no issues. Others are concerned about their dogs ingesting large pieces as well as the chemicals used to bleach the rawhide.

If you are concerned, there are alot of other "dental" chews. There are many other chews available that are effective. Although this list does not include everyone, Bright Bites, Zukes, Greenies and Green Dog Organics are some names to look for.
 

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Thanks for the advice! I am so grateful for this site. This is my first puppy and none of my friends have dogs so it is a lifesaver for me. I always supervise him w/any big treat- bully sticks, etc but I try not to give him rawhide at all. I think I will let him have the bag that was given to us and just make sure I keep a close eye on him.

It seems I've heard bad things about Greenies too but I will deifnitely check out chews by the other brands. We get training treats from Zukes that we love so that might be one to check out. Thanks for the suggestions!
 

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the main danger with rawhide isn't choking, it's intestinal blockage. Dogs swallow pieces of it, which then rehydrate and form really nasty partial or full blockages of sticky, slimy gunk in their intestines.
Two of my customers (who will now listen to me in the future) have had to have their dogs operated on due to rawhide partial blockages. In both cases, the dogs were sick intermittently and they couldn't find the problem. Many, many dollars later they found it and each one had to have a piece of the dog's intestine removed.
No rawhide for my dogs, and I don't allow it at the pet hotel!
 

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Good point- that is why I don't buy him rawhide. I was debating whether or not to let him have the bag that was given to us and I was so worried about him choking from the reviews, that I forgot about the harm that can come from blockage (my original concern). Thanks!
 

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My dog chews these (supervised of course). I had asked my vet about them as well, cause I don't do regular rawhide due to the potential for blockages. My doc said these aren't the same & break down easier in the intestine than rawhide...and I initiated the conversation, no push on his part to "sell" me on them.
 

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Thanks, that's good to know! I think I will at least let him finish the bag we have. He does love them.


My dog chews these (supervised of course). I had asked my vet about them as well, cause I don't do regular rawhide due to the potential for blockages. My doc said these aren't the same & break down easier in the intestine than rawhide...and I initiated the conversation, no push on his part to "sell" me on them.
 

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I prefer the CET chews over rawhide because the rawhide, since it is treated with a sugar, gives my golden diarrhea. Rawhide did the same thing to my other goldens that have since passed. The CET chews don't do that and she seems to enjoy them a lot more. I give her one every other day or so, and yes, so true, good to supervise them because they want to swallow that last wad whole (!!!!)
 
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