So what exactly is rawhide? It’s literally made from the outside of a cow, dried out cow’s skin. The majority of rawhide chews are made outside of the United States (you can imagine the obvious problems with that), but even those made here in the U.S. are dangerous. Rawhide is a heavy duty material that is very difficult to break down. During the process of making a rawhide dog chew, various chemicals are used to strip the skin of any hair, dry it out, and sanitize the chew. During the sanitation process, the chews are submerged in a bleach solution. Do you really want your pet chewing on something previously dipped in bleach?
The most dangerous issue with rawhide chews is the possibility for creating major blockages in the dog’s system. When the dried rawhide is made wet again by your dog’s saliva, it slowly expands to it’s original size. When your pet chews up a piece of rawhide and swallows it, that piece could expand inside the stomach and cause anything from an upset stomach to death.
Every dog loves to chew, but there are other alternatives to rawhide that are much safer and healthier for your pet. Here are some alternatives, but remember to always supervise your dog with any toys and chews!
- Bully Sticks made from Free Range Cow
- Grade A Deer Antlers
- Himalayan Chews
- Marrow Bones made in the USA