Dogs love them yet a rawhide bones safety warning is absolutely necessary. Why? Because nearly all the brands you see online and on the shelves of your favorite pet supply store are constructed with hide from dubious sources and full of toxic chemicals that are used in their manufacturing process. In fact, they have to be among the worst “entertainment” items ever created for dogs.
Rawhide Isn’t Really Raw
This kind of rawhide is more like leather because it goes through many of the same processing steps that are used to make shoes, handbags and a host of other items.
How Rawhide Dog Bones And Chews Are Manufactured
Here is what happens.
* The hides are soaked in a highly concentrated salt solution to kill any protein-destroying organisms.
* Then they are treated with either an ash-lyme solution or sodium sulphide liming to strip off any hair or fat.
* Next, more chemicals are applied to separate the different layers, since only the inner most ones are used for the chews.
* The hide is then bleached white.
* A chemical preservative is applied so the hide doesn’t spoil.
* A coloring agent is applied.
* The leather is then cut, rolled and glued into the desired shape, packaged and shipped out.
What The Experts Tell Us
“Rawhide is the most dangerous pet chew ever. More dogs have died from rawhide treats than almost any other form of dog treats or food.”
Rodney Habib, Canadian activist and founder of Planet Paws.
“As the rawhide is chewed and turns soft and gooey, and the knots at each end get undone, it has become a choking and intestinal obstruction hazard.”
Dr. Karen Becker, holistic veterinarian.
Some Scary And Very Sad Stories
Like so many others, the people mentioned here hadn’t received a rawhide bones safety warning.
“Teddy almost choked on one, it had completely unraveled and was down his throat.Thank God we were home and in the same room.” Tracey Schofield
“Years ago, my Jack Russell was choking on a rawhide, but luckily I was able to put my finger down his throat and got it out. I don’t know why the stores keep selling rawhides.” Celine Ostendorf
“After swallowing some pieces of rawhide, mine died in surgery, so sad.” Sylvie Haustete
“One of my ‘students’ had an obstruction. When I asked when the pup would be in for its 2nd level of training, I was told that, sadly, the little one had died due to blockage in the intestines.” Wendy Roberson (dog trainer)
“I had a pedigree German Shepherd that ate some rawhide and died in my jeep before I could reach the vet! There was nothing I could do. His stomach was all swollen and twisted by the obstruction.” Mercedes López-Roberson
To Sum Up
These testimonials speak for themselves. Besides, there are other ways, much safer ways, to provide enrichment for your beloved pets.
Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!