The Potentially Deadly Treat You’re Probably Giving Your Dog

The Potentially Deadly Treat You’re Probably Giving Your Dog

Vet examining bulldog August 28, 1998

When it comes to chewing, I wonder why a dog’s mouth never hurts and how they can’t get rid of chewing. It looks that they can chew forever. It is hard for us to gnaw a chewing gum for more than 15 minutes but these pups are really good at this chewing business. If  you have forgot to put back your favorite pair shoes on the shoe rack then you must probably buy a new pair because I am sure you will not find them in the same condition. Any of your precious things can fall a prey of untimely destruction. Thanks to the furry friend for being such an aggressive chewer. Yes…dogs are chompers by nature! Many people rawhide treat to mitigate their chewing tendency, but giving them rawhide can certainly save their valuables but it puts the dog in danger. Lets us learn some facts about rawhide before offering it to the dog.

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Where do these rawhides come from?

Cow’s or horse’s inner layer of the skin is used to make the rawhide, which is then cleaned, cut and pressed down to give different shapes and sizes to allure dogs. They are mostly white and brown in color and apparently clean when you see them in a store. Obviously, you can’t guess the chemicals by just looking at it. But for your information, manufacturers use chemicals like hydrogen peroxide, bleach, for cleaning, sodium benzoate as preservatives and other harmful chemicals to give artificial coloring to the product. To tempt dogs, rawhides may come in different flavors like of beef, chicken and liver. Deadly poisons like arsenic and formaldehyde are also used. Some might contain even skins of dogs.

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How can rawhides affect dog’s health?

6Depending upon dog’s chewing needs; rawhide’s risk can range from lower to higher. However, no matter how less your dog consumes, risk can be serious.

Rawhide may have the following affects:

Allergies:

Some dogs may be simply allergic to these rawhides or to the ingredients used in their making.

Digestive Disorders:

1Rawhide contains some toxic chemicals, may be in a little amount but enough to cause Salmonella or E.coli contamination and diarrhea.

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Choking Hazard:

Even a tiny or a broken piece of the rawhide can get lodged in the dog’s throat which puts it to serious danger. A vet can remove it from the throat.

Digestive Blockage:

Sometimes dog can swallow the piece of raw hide which can create havoc in the digestive tract. Depending upon the size, it has to be removed as soon as possible. In severe cases abdominal surgery is required to remove the pieces from the intestine. It may even lead to death.

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Gastrointestinal Problems:

Rawhide, if ingested in large amount, it can cause gastrointestinal complications.

Symptoms that must not be overlooked:

If you notice any of the following symptoms, after or during the dog’s rawhide treat, then immediately contact your veterinarian.

Signs such as:

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  • Regurgitation
  • Choking or gagging
  • Repeated swallowing
  • Throwing up
  • Continuous stools with/without blood
  • Feverish
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Refusal to eat
  • Weight loss

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