From what I've read about Rawhide, I know you should limit thier intake of it and watch for pieces splintering. My husband knew I was concerned about it and still brought home a big rawhide bone insisting that I was worrying to much. She loves it...I just want to know if its ok for her. She's only 3 months. (I'm still scared to give her people food.) The other one is ice cubes. I'm scared she will choke. Hubby says it will melt before she chokes. She chases them around until she can pick it up then takes it to her blankie and licks them. Is this safe?
My dog loves rawhide. I have never had a poblem with him. My other dogs love ice cubes. I put some in the water dish and the water goes everywhere while they try to fish them out. Neither thing has ever made me worry when i gave it to them.
mine love ice cubes and rawhide, but only the flavored rawhide. you do need to watch them tho, i caught one of mine gagging on a piece the other nite. they are only allowed rawhide while we are home to watch.
I've never heard of a problem with ice cubes. Rawhide is one of those things that no dog should be given unless it is under supervision, when you are home. If your dog doesn't get diarrhea or chew off hunks and try and swallow them whole, I see no problem with rawhide.
My dogs love them too, but I keep hearing that you should limit the amount you give them. I, too, will not let them have them unless I am sitting here with them. They hang out at my feet everynight waiting for their treat. I give them different things throughout the week. They are really really spoiled and I love it! lol My kids are older and don't "need" me like they use to, but these guys do!!
Thanks for your replies...maybe my husband IS right, I am a neurotic overprotective mommy. We do watch her with the rawhide, she is working on one corner with her lil teeth and it seems to be completely in tact otherwise. He did at least buy one that is supposedly fortified with vitamins and too big for her the snap in half or try to swallow whole. It's definately bigger than her lil head.
ice cubes no problem, rawhide should not be given to any dog that you actually like. rawhide is just dried out skin and the threat that it poses is not from a dog choking on it (which is possible with about anything) but impaction. the small pieces that your dog swallows asbsorb water out of the dogs stomach and intestines and swell up. this swelling, depending on the amount that your dog ate and other factors (size of the dog, amount of food in the dogs system ect.) can lead to dangerous and sometimes even fatal impaction. this is the same reason that you are supposed to throw birdfood instead of rice at weddings. just bcause it has not happened yet, does not mean that it won't!
wow. that was interesting. Thanks Hoosgow. Edit....is there a difference between the rawhide "sheets" and the ones shaped like sticks?? The ones shaped like sticks seemed to ground down or something then formed. I could be way off, just asking. Are they any safer than the rolled ones or sheet like ones?
My neighbor's toy poodle had to be brought to the vet because a piece of rawhide constipated her. They knew that because she finally passed it but it tore up her hiney and she was afraid to poo for awhile after that. I threw the ones I have away.
Raw hide is fine! Give'n as treats under close watch. My vet tells me not to worry about it. My dogs love it, and its very good for their teeth. All my dogs get raw hide treats! Had my collie for 14 years and she had raw hide all the time. She couldnt chew it so well in her old age, so she would guard it from the other dogs it was funny. Glad I dont belong to hoosgow!
Rawhide can cause serious intestional problems I Know I have been there done that with Pinky. Ice Cubes are a great treat to give to dogs my dogs love them. I mix chicken or beef boullion cubes in with the water and freeze them makes them extra tasty and more fun to CRUNCH!
well then the rice thing is one that i fell for, but i know of dogs that have had to have surgery to remove impacts that were caused by rawhide and know of at least one that has died because of it. harlygirlct, you do what you want, your dogs. lots have people have fed lots of rawhide without a problem but that does not mean that the risk is not there. my dogs get plenty of treats and fun stuff but rawhide is absolutly NOT on their menue and will never be. y'all make what ever choices that you want for your dogs, mine will never get it. there are plenty of other things for them to chew on. my rule is simple, they can chew on anything that either 1. does not break up easily or 2, is easily digestable. rawhide fits neither parameter.
I'm not sure on pig ears, I have never bought them for Oscar. But he does love rawhides. I buy the giant ones and when they get too small I throw them away. Kim Oscars pics http://www.dogster.com/?50558
If your going to live by,.......It could happen....Then you shouldnt take your dog outside either they could get hit by a car! I hate when people give their advice and its the "IT COULD HAPPEN" I would ask your vet! My vet says its ok for them to have raw hide treats, and I trust my vet knows what he is talking about! Hes been my pets vet for over 14 years! You just have to becarefull as with anything...... Again ask your vet! You could be taking away something that your dog loves, just because it could happen.
not only could it happen, it does happen. yes you could ask your vet, ask 8 or 10! you qwill get several answeres. if you believe everything your vet tells you, just because he/she is a vet then i really feel sorry for your dogs. i have met vets that were not any better or knew any better then the mechanic down the street. others have been absolute goldmines of good information but do not trust someone just because they have a DVM next to their name. yes, my dogs get exposed to plenty of dangers, probably more sot hen your average house pet but I will not do things that I can control that will put them at greater risk. again, do what you like but do not get on my case for giving such advise. people will make their own decisions and rightfully so but they should be able to make those decisions with the best knowledge and knowing the pros AND cons of what they are about to decide upon. wrong side of the bed this morning?
Hoos....are you a vet? "but do not trust someone just because they have a DVM next to their name Did you not read where I wrote that I have had this vet for 14+ years? If you dont trust "your" vet then find one you do! And' did you not read where I said "ask your vet"! If i did not trust my vet with my pets life, just like I trust my childrens doctor, they wouldnt touch my children or my dogs! If you want to become a vet, Then go to school! So you can truely say you know everything! EDIT....wrong side of the bed? NO! I just dont like know it all's!!!