Rawhide Chews are treats to entertain your dog and keep them from chewing on your shoes. They also help dental health and your dog’s chewing needs. It is a natural instinct for dogs to chew. They chew when teething, when they are hungry, excited or even when they are anxious.
However, chewing can often take a turn for the worse when it’s your shoes, clothes or kitchen furniture playing the role of a chew toy. This is why rawhide chews have always been an option for pet parents that don’t want to keep sacrificing shoe upon shoe.
There has been a lot of controversy about rawhide chews in recent years. These treats have been touted as being unsafe for pets due to a number of reasons ranging from choking hazards to chemical ingestion. Are rawhide chews really unsafe for your Frenchie dog?
In this article we will discuss what rawhide chews are made of, whether they really are unsafe and what alternatives you can get for your dog’s chewing needs.
Contrary to what the name might imply, rawhide chews are not exactly raw.
Rawhide is the inner skin of animals like pigs, horses or cattle, thoroughly cleaned with chemicals to prevent decay.
They are dried and sometimes spun in circles, these circles are mostly held with adhesives.
These hides go through a series of processing stages that effectively renders them processed and not raw. For preservation, once the hide is removed from the carcass, it is given a chemical bath to stop the hide from decaying before processing.
Chemicals like ash-lye are then applied to remove hair and fat, after which the hide is spilt into layers. The hide is then washed in bleach to remove any lingering smells or odors. Finally, the manufacturers try to make their hides pretty and inviting so they color and flavor it, which often includes the use of more chemicals.
Rawhide chews are not food products. They are made of leather and can take a lot of constant chewing before they start breaking into chunks. But they are not edible.
The most dangerous pet chew ever created: Rawhide!
There’s no doubt that rawhide chews can be great for your dog’s oral health.
They provide stimulation for your dog, keep jaws strong, keep teeth clean and even help with fresh breath. They also keep tartar from building up in your dog’s mouth.
However, despite these advantages, rawhide can be very dangerous for your dog. Some of these dangers include the following:
Not all treats are safe for your dog. In fact, some doggy treats are downright dangerous. Be careful with what kinds of treats you give to your dog. Some treats can cause lacerations in the mouth and throat. Other treats can cause intestinal blockage.
Dr. Courtney Campbell DVM breaks down all the classic treats from dangerous treats, safe treats and treats you may already have in your refrigerator.
If you’re worried about your dog’s safety with rawhide chews even under close supervision, you can try out the following alternatives:
We know you love your dog and they need to chew, however, it is essential that you constantly watch while they are gnawing on any of these chews to avoid bacterial and any other issues.
Thanks for reading and we hope these tips can help you take better care of your Frenchie. For more tips on taking care of your French Bulldog, sign up to our Frenchie Blog. You’ll find plenty to help you keep your furry companion in good health.
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