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Old November 7th, 2009, 07:15 PM
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Tell me everything you know about rawhide?

I've done a search and read a bit on this forum about rawhide. I'm curious about whether its OK to let my puppy (4 month Chihuahua) chew rawhide bones.

She's never chewing them unattended (always on my lap while chewing), doesn't eat chunks of them only chews them until they become gummy, and has been chewing them since we got her and hasn't had any digestive problems YET.

I would love to hear opinions, and alternatives, keeping in mind she's only 2 pounds and things like pigs ears/hooves are way too big. Also, I'd like to mention that with past puppies bullys have always caused stomach problems, stained furniture, and tend to have a strong odour, so I'm not too keen on them.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 05:38 PM
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Personally I stay away from them.....I know someone whose Bulldog choked to death on one. They become very gummy and slide right on down :sad:
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Old November 8th, 2009, 07:06 PM
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Even the really skinny rolled ones can cause blockage if swallowed in such a tiny dog. I also have small dogs and every week they get a raw soup bone each, I cut off the excess fat and scoop out the marrow (mix it up for bird suet) so they're left with a beef covered bone that gives them hours of chewing entertainment.
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Old November 10th, 2009, 12:44 PM
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Personally, I think the use of rawhides depends on the dog. If a dog is inclined to just chew on it, without ever ingesting pieces - then it's probably fine, but all it takes is one piece for the risk of a blockage - especially in such a tiny dog. I would make sure the rawhide is big enough so that there is no chance of your dog swallowing it. Because my dogs will eat a rawhide (not just chew on it), they don't get them. I do use the thin compressed rawhide twists when I make doggie popsicles though.

They do get bully stix though - I've never found them to stain and since I feed things like tripe - the smell of a bully stix is hardly even noticeable. LOL I have had smoked treats (like pigs ears) stain my carpet though.
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Old November 11th, 2009, 02:17 AM
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I will not give rawhide, pigs ears, cow hooves etc to my dogs.

Just google rawhide or pig ear dangers and start reading.
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Old November 11th, 2009, 08:08 PM
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Rawhides - Bad Idea

I quit giving Rawhides to my dogs after one of them developed a tear. The vet said that what happens is when she ate them, they would splinner her insides causing very bloody stools and could eventually kill her.

Once i stopped giving them to her, the problems stopped. I haven't given them to my dogs in over 5 years.

Your decision, but personally with having such a small dog i would chance it...I think they are very bad for them.

If your dog wants something to chew on, get a teething toy, or a kong!
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Old November 11th, 2009, 08:15 PM
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I will not give rawhide, pigs ears, cow hooves etc to my dogs.
Same here. I used to give them some (when I had Bailey and Daisy) and once , a small part stuck inside Daisy's mouth , on the upper part. Took a while before I realized it ! So , I stopped.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 12:18 AM
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I just heard earlier today that Petsmart recalled some because of salmonella.
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Old November 18th, 2009, 05:22 PM
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My Vet advised me to stop giving them to my dog due to digestive problems which can occur, and also a lot of dogs develop allergies to them.
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