Safe Use of Rawhide Bones

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By Kimberly Case

Some dog owners assume that because rawhide bones are softer and thinner than meaty or harder bone varieties, they are safer

Dog with rawhide

to use. While this may be true in that they do not splinter or break the same way, they can still pose a health risk for your pet. Rawhide dog treats are a great way to give your pet a special reward, as long as you practice these safety tips. Avoid an emergency vet visit or worse by being aware of your pet’s chewing habits.

Never Leave your Pet Unattended while Chewing

This rule should apply to any type of bone dog treats. Rawhide bones can become a blockage if swallowed. While many dogs nibble away at rawhides, swallowing smaller pieces at a time, a large piece could pose a problem. In order to avoid this issue, keep an eye on your pet while he or she is chewing. It can also help to periodically check on the size of each rawhide piece. If your dog has removed portions that you consider a swallow-able size that could become stuck, take the piece away.

Choose the Right Rawhide Size for your Pet

Always select dog treats that are designed for your pet’s breed and size. Many rawhide chew treats come in a wide variety of sizes, from very small to jumbo. In some cases, a recommended weight range or suggested breeds may be listed right on the packaging. If none are listed, use your best judgment. It is easy to identify a bone that could be too small or too big for your dog.

Avoid rawhide bones that your pet can easily swallow whole. Rawhides are meant to be chewed. As your pet gnaws away, they also become softer and easier to swallow in tinier pieces. A whole, un-chewed rawhide is not meant to be swallowed in one piece. On the other hand, a rawhide bone that is too big for a small breed dog could be heavy for the canine to manage. This could lead to strained neck muscles.

Discard Old Rawhide Bones

Some canines prefer to work on their rawhide dog treats over a period of time. They may discard one bone and come back to it later. It is often best to avoid giving your pet too many bones at once. When you don’t know how many dog bones your pet has, it is harder to keep track of ones that should be throw away. Your pet could find places to hide them, retrieving them when you are not there to monitor chewing. Plus, rawhide bones that have been chewed can get moist and sticky from dog saliva. This in turn will collect dust and debris from floors. Rather than having your pet chew a dirty bone, help keep teeth clean by throwing away old rawhide dog treats and replacing them with new, clean ones.

Rawhide dog treats are a great way to keep your pet busy and happy. Many dogs prefer softer rawhide over hard meaty bones. Make sure you follow these safety tips to keep your pet healthy and unharmed while enjoying his or her favorite special treat!

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