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Are there any risks associated with giving my dogs rawhide?

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Given the amount of rawhide consumed by dogs each year, the risks are relatively small. Still, risks can be serious, so don't ignore them. Weigh the risks and benefits of giving rawhides based upon your dog's chewing needs and behaviors.

These are the most common rawhide risks:

  • Contamination. As with pet toys,rawhide chews can contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals. And, as with other pet (or human) foods, Salmonella or E. coli contamination are possible. Even humans can be at risk when coming into contact with these bacteria on rawhide treats.
  • Digestive irritation. Some dogs are simply sensitive or allergic to rawhide or other substances used in their manufacture. This can cause problems, including diarrhea.
  • Choking or blockages. Rawhide bones and other edible chews can pose a choking and blockage risk. In fact, this is a much bigger risk than contamination or digestive irritation. If your dog swallows large pieces of rawhide, the rawhide can get stuck in the esophagus or other parts of the digestive tract. Sometimes a vet can remove these pieces fairly easily through the throat. But sometimes open surgery is needed to remove them. If it isn't resolved, a blockage can lead to death.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012

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There are some risks, but they are very minimal. Some of these risks include: contamination, irritation to your dogs digestion, and possible choking. These risks should by no means be ignored; however I suggest weighing the risks and benefits first. I would recommend being around your dog while chewing rawhide to ensure his/her safety.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012

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