My dog, Cinnamon, chews on rawhide strips occsionally. Sometimes I look at the rawhide and there is blood on the end. I assume it's from her gums, but should I be worried? It's not alot of blood, but it is noticable. Is this normal? Are rawhide strips (on occasion) ok for dogs?
I was playing with my chi, Tito with a little plastic toy. And I took it out of his mouth and there was a little blood on it.
That's my story. My chi is a puppy still, so he could of lost a baby tooth. Is your dog a puppy? If she/he is then he/she might have lost a baby tooth. But how many times has it happened and how much blood was on the toy? I hope this helps a little. :-)Come chat with me to learn more!
***Edited By: Allei on 12/10/2005 9:25:26 PM*** Reason: :-)
Wether it's normal or not would depend on how old is your pet, and what kind of dog is it?
I used to give Harly rawhide when he was a puppy. The ends used to get pink, I found that he had lost a puppy tooth. But I have read that in larger dogs, (harly is an APBT) rawhide isn't recommended because of their jaw strentgh. They can break the rawhide and the jagged pieces can scratch their mouths and their throat if swallowed.
What your describing sounds like she may have lost a puppy tooth though.
Most likely it is just her gums. She is probably getting the plaque off of them. Just like people get gengervites and it will make are gums bleed when you brush your teeth. The same will happen with a dog when it chews on things.
Okay, I heard this from a lady who works at Petco. Two of my dogs are tiny Chihuahuas. I had asked about them chewing on rawhide bones because they love them but I didn't know if they were good for them. The lady who worked there said that it is dangerouse for small dogs to chew on them because they expand when they are wet (wich I have noticed). She said that if they swallow a small piece when it is dry, it can go into some tube ( lol, I don't know much about the body! :)) and then expand, and be to big, and stop them from being able to breath. She said that it is okay if they chew on them, just watch them, and make sure they don't swallow any pieces. It sort of makes since to me, but how is a tiny dog going to break off a piece of a rawhide bone and swallow it, without gettng i wet? My golden Retriever has been eating them for 12 years and he is fine, but then again, he is A LOT bigger! Well, has anyone heard of that before? P.S. sorry for kind of changing the subject, but it still has to do with raw hide bones. :)
Cinnamon is 5.5 years old - Lab x Pit mix, maybe some hound too. It's not baby teeth, but it may be how hard she chew on them? She eats a whole rawide strip in less than 15 min. My younger dog, Eve (2 year old retriever mix) takes forever to eat hers and there's no bleeding involved.
I have used rawhides in my small dogs for years with no prblems. Once the rawhide gets to be pretty small I take it away. Bleeding a bit is normal (as long as its not excessive) its the gums in older dogs because the rawhides are very hard to start and the dogs tend to chew pretty hard and vigorous on them. Not all of mine chew hard enough to leave some blood tinge on them, but a few do take their rawhides quite seriously, lol
lol lpn. mine get serious with the bullysticks or "bully-icks" as i prefer to call them (just cause i know what they are) . they get into them and the way they go to town on them, you would think i never feed them ! lol