I was just wondering if there was any truth to this. I heard somewhere that the rawhide bones are dunked in a bleach solution (like javex) to get their white color. Is this true and if so how bad are they for our dogs? my little guy loves them but since I heard that I stopped giving them to him.
Well some rawhides are bleached, yep. I have no idea what they're bleached in, but if you think about it, even just being out in the sun would bleach something to the white color. I'm not saying tha'ts how rawhide gets bleached, but remember there's a lot of non-chemical ways to bleach pretty much anything, and they don't involve using clorox. The ironic thing is that rawhides are bleached because humans find that crisp white look more bone-like and appealing. Obviously, the dog doesn't care. If you are really concerned, buy some rawhide products that are labelled as 'unbleached'. The basted rawhides you often see for sale also aren't bleached. Unbleached rawhide is a kind of yellowish/white color.
i dont use them they can cause intestinal interseption in dogs .the dog swallows a large piece of rawhide and it get stuck in the intestinal tract .the intestine overlapse it self and can result in death for the dog .i know from experience 3 grand for surgery .ouch my poor wallet .