If you read the previous post you already know I jst got a puppy, she is now 9 weeks old. The breeder said not to give her rawhide because it as bad for dogs, instead to let her chew on Pig Ears. Then I went to the Vet on Saturday and he said that Pig Ears are too rich and that I should give her Rawhide instead. Well which is it!?!? Basically I could get away with neither but you know how dogs are, somehow rawhide and pig ears taste better than rubber. I would like something as it seems to hold her attention for more than 10 minutes at a time, but also I would like something she won't eat much of to cause problems. She is only 5 pounds so she can't get much off of anything. Which is better? OR What can I give her as a substitue (needs flavor).
I have a problem with both, both can be chewed and swollowed.Some dogs do get intestinal upset. Both can cause the dog to choke. I would pick something like real smokey bones (real bones), they sell them at the pet store. The thing I like about them is the dogs go ga ga over them and it keeps them busy for hours. But most important, they don't really ingest anything.
I have 2 dogs, which eat both,and don't have the slightest bit of stomach irritation. However, I am aware that not all dogs have tough stomachs. If your dog does have a weak stomach try bones (not fish or chicken because these bones splinter). I buy bones from a butcher who has bags of bones, with a little meat still on them, for sale really cheap. I boil them in water a little while before I give my dogs them. My dogs love them!
I think whichever one you decide on, you need to watch your dog and see how they eat them. My dog gnaws off pieces of both and swallows them, but the pieces he gnaws off tend to be too big for easy swallowing. So he gets neither, as I dont want him to choke himself.
Some pets do not have a problem with either of the chews you mentioned. Mine get marrow bones, and kongs filled with treat. If you let your pet have these, you must supervise incase it breaks off and may get stuck in the throat. Some pets even get a little diarrhea from eating rawhide or pig ears. I think it depends on the pet and how their tummy can handle it, and digest.
I also have heard of choking with rawhides. I've also heard that the pig's ears are where they inject the pig.... I would suggest the bully or macho sticks or the kong as the previous poster mentioned. Put a little peanut butter in it and you dog will go nutty.
Meechigan DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT feed you dog rawhide it has been clinicalyprove rawhide release poison toxin in to your dogs blood stream it may kill your dog tomarrow but can drasticlly reduce your dogs life span go to your localbucher shop and ask them for some beef knuckle bone dogs love em and they pretty much disintergrate when they naw on them
My dog eats almost EVERYTHING she chews (if she can get a piece off) so rawhide is out. She ate an entire rawhide bone and then spent the day puking! Pigs ears are gross to me, especially since I found one in my bed! So that's just personal choice. I have a kong that works well for me and my dog, I also have cow hooves. The are hard enough to prevent her from getting any substantial portion of it bitten off. However, they stink to high heaven when being knawed on!
I have already said my piece about rawhide on another thread yesterday when another OP wanted to know what chewies to give her dog. My reply is the same here. Rawhide is a major NO NO. Rawhide, especially the one that comes from Vietnam and China is known to have been treated with arsenic and hence is highly toxic to dogs...sure some dogs appear okay for a while but then they could suddenly keel over and die as so many dogs already have! Smoked bones are not recommended either, they break down to a sand-like consistency and can cause severe constipation in a dog; some pieces of the smoke bone can also cause internal injury. If you want to ensure that your dog/s have sparkling white teeth then you cannot go past raw bones from the butcher. Raw chicken/turkey wings and raw chicken/turkey necks are ideal especially if you feed kibble to your dog then the raw bones should be given after the dog has eaten its kibble and the raw bone will act as a toothbrush and remove any remnant of the kibble that may still be lingering in their teeth.