Well, I just recently started giving my girls pig ears. After years and years of not wanting to give in (I have a huge passion for pigs! OINK OINK!) Nikko hates anything with texture, anything hard or anything she has to work on..but I found that if I break them up in smaller pieces, she'll chew on them. ChiChi doesn't give a rats behind about anything...she'll eat it, even if it's bigger than her entire body.
I have heard that pig ears carry samonilla (sp), true or not?
I have also heard that they can splinter easily and get lodged in the throat?
Does anyone else give these to their dogs, if so, how often?
I only bought them a couple of times and they don't actually vomit but just alittle spitting up type thing. So, I figured they were probably too greasy for them. I have a friend that has a pom and hers got sick on them too.
Go to merrickpetfoods.com. They have pig ear puffs which are basically baked instead of fried/smoked. They are not greasy at all and have a more spongy texture to them. I, too, LOVE pigs and refuse to buy mine the piggy snouts, feet, etc, but I'll give them these ears. THey also have beef & lamb ears (mine prefer the lamb to beef), all very reasonably priced, individually wrapped & free shipping.
i had one dog who as he got older had problems swallowing the pigs ear pieces he chewed off so i stopped buying them for everyone. scout doesnt particularily care for them so i dont bother with them anymore.
my little corgi loved the things! he was given raw hide from when he was a few months old till he passeda away at the ripe ole age of 16!!
never ever had a problem with raw hide and or pig ears and loved them both!
i give my bostons pig ears but not too often only because my miss piggy molly can devour one in a few short minutes then go after poor max's as well and think nothing but sit there and look for more!!!
since i have become more leary of the raw hide with all the things i've sinced learned about it, i do not give them raw hide but do give them an ocassion pig ear.
a great dane i had a couple of years ago had dirrieah so i took him 2 the vet and my vet told me b 4 he even knew i was giving zeus pig ears to take them away from him and when i did no more bouts with dirrieah. lol
My dogs all love them. I buy them a big bag every few months and two or three times a month they all get one. It is the favorite treat. If we are going to be gone for the day and have that guilt thing going on because we can't take them all - they usually get a pigs ear before we go. The grease is actually needed occasionally for the sheltie coat. My vet had said to give them bacon occasionally (for the grease) but the pig ears work and they last at least 30 - 45 minutes.
My girls seem to do fine on them..they haven't been getting sick, which is a good thing, because I just bought this new rice bone for Cheech and she was throwing up about 3 times a day from it and ChiChi needs to stay occupied with some type of chew thing...but I found that they don't last very long..maybe 15 minutes if I'm lucky.
What do you guys recommend for a hard chew bone..one that'll last for a long period of time? She really enjoys those one Nylabones, the ones that look like a knuckle on the end..but feels plastic and she's not supposed to eat it, but she does eat parts of it and it takes her at least a good month for her to break it down small enough for me to throw it away...the only thing with that, is if she leaves it laying around the house (which she does all the time) and you step on it...you are liable to cut your foot on it.
Oh, and I can't give her real bone..like raw bones..it grosses me out too much to have raw stuff around my house....but any suggestions would be great.
Both Toby and Max love piggy pieces. they are like pig ears but smaller versions that look like strips. Maybe I shouldn't give them to them, but they love them and so far haven't had any trouble with it. I also have that big knuckle nylabone for Max. He loves it and Toby will get it sometimes and try to run off with it. It is bigger than Toby's whole body and really funny to see him trying to be sneaky and run away with it. LOL!
Yikes!!! Don't let your dog eat pieces of a Nylabone!!!!! If the dog swallows a large enough piece, or enough small pieces, to cause an obstruction - this is very bad. The Nylabone does not show up on an X-ray, so the only resort is exploratory surgery. If your dog is an agressive enough chewer to get bits off of one of those, don't let them have them at all.
I don't like pig's ears because mine get the poops from them, and the pig ears don't last long enough to keep them busy or clean teeth. Mine get rawhide retriever rolls sometimes, or stuffed Kongs. You have to be careful that they don't eat Kong bits for the same reasons as the Nylabones- you might look for the black Kongs- I think they are supposed to be tougher.
I spoke to my vet about pig ears a while ago. He said that years ago there were no regulations in regards to salmonella and other bacteria in the pig ears and a lot of dogs became ill. However, now there are regulations and the salmonella should not be an issue. The vet said though that the pig ears are very oily and that is unhealthy for the dogs. The vet's recommendation: rawhide bones to keep teeth clean
I give my dogs pig ear strips which are strips of a whole pig ear. In my opinion, I like the fact that they are not eating an entire pig ear. Its easier for them to eat and there is less mess of the flakes all over the floor. You can get them at Target or Walmart, alot cheaper than PetSmart or Petco.