my little guy is a monster chewer. i have tried everything. nylabones, booda bones, he looks and walks away-usually looking for a shoe or something. prok hides are the only thing he'll go at like a maniac. so, we watch them like hawks, and pay attention to the bathroom habits, in case- like last w/e when snowball didnt poo for 2 days, no one got any treats just to be safe. while i realize it's a possibility, so many things in life are maybe's also. if i notice a constant problem with diarrhea or constipation, then i'll stop the rawhide. till then, it saves my shoes!
nope, not a vet, don't want to be one, don't know as much as most vets but i promise you that i know more then some! know it all? no, of course not, but obviously a know it more. you are the one that started getting on me, if you don't like what i have to say fine. if you want to feed your dogs rawhide, fine. give them all you/they want. if they have never had problems fine, and i hope that they never do. that does not make my advise wrong or bad and 14 years or not, i think that you have been given poor advise by your vet. that is just an opinion, and i am entitled to it. you are right that you should spend a fair amount of effort to find a vet that you like and trust, perha[ps I am just pickier then most.
We give our pup ice cubes too, and she loves 'em. But don't give the pup an unlimited supply. I worry that too many could give her an upset stomach. Last winter while we were visiting my sister-in-law, we play outside with their golden. He loves to catch snowballs in his mouth and got more than his fair share that day. We left to go to the mall after playing, and when we returned he had had an accident. He is four years old, and never has accidents. Shortly after we returned, I saw an advice column on the 'net by some dude that appears on the Today Show (i think???). Anyway, he said that dogs don't get ice cream headaches like people, but they can get an upset stomach from too much cold stuff like snow and ice. Edit to say: I found the info I was looking for on the net. It says... It's always fun to run and play with your dog in the snow, but eating snow, no matter how clean or pure, is not good for your dog. It causes spasms in the gastrointestinal tract which can lead to diarrhea, stomachaches and colds. It's on the net at http://www.warreneckstein.com/pettips_tige.html
*I mix chicken or beef boullion cubes in with the water and freeze them makes them extra tasty and more fun to CRUNCH!* That is a very good idea ginah! I always give my dogs icecubes on hot summer days. I give my dogs rawhide chews though and have never had any problems.
Wow thanks for all the replies everyone. =) I will be sure to see what my vet has to say about rawhide as well. I only let her have it occaisionally, so maybe limited use is best. For those of you that say it is bad...Is there a similar alternative?
i like to give large raw frozen beef bones, usually sold as soup bones. have also given elk bones when we get one. deer bones tend to be small enough that they are easily broken by my dogs. they would probably work for smaller breeds though
I try to give Oscar big bones but he just shatters them and I end up stepping on them. Trust me, it don't feel too good on the toes. If I feel Oscar will swallow a piece of rawhide then I take it away, but yes it is true what hoosgow says. You just have to pay extra attention to your dog when he chews on them. Kim Oscars pics http://www.dogster.com/?50558
My Pug loves ice cubes. Everytime I have something to drink she's on my lap or following me around until I give her one. My rottweiler doesnt care either way! But, I've never heard of anything bad giving ice cubes to dogs. The rawhide I'm not sure of....I give my dogs sterilized bones.
Again thank you all for the replies. I noticed yesterday at the pet store (yes I've had the puppy for less than a week and been to the pet store 4 times) That they do sell bones there. Are they safe? Is there something I should look for? I'm vegetarian and don't have any from cooking and such.
My 9 yr old lab always got pig ears and rawhide without any problems. But, I do know someone who recently spent a lot of $$$ on their small breed dog, in the vet hospital because of a pigs ear. Supposedly it gave the dog pancreatis? So now, I just stick with greenies and biscuits. Both my dogs love ice cubes, never a problem.
My dog has been crying everytime she goes poop since she ate rawhide.. she has passed some of it, tomorrow I take her to the vet. The lady at the feed store told me that I should just give her milk of magnesia.. and it has helped her. But she still is having a hard time.. so, I have given her olive oil.. I am afraid its more serious, but they tell me the vet wont do anything for her.. I have to take her in, even if its a waste of money cuz I am so worried about her. She is a white pit, maybe 2 yrs old. I found her tied to a stop sign in an intersection about 4 months ago.. such a sweet doggie, I named her Sweetheart..