Some dog owners assume that because rawhide bones are softer and thinner than meaty or harder bone varieties, they are safer to use. While this may be true because they don’t chip and break in the same way, they can still pose a health risk to your pet. Raw hide dog treats are a great way to give your pet a special treat, as long as you practice these safety tips. Avoid an emergency vet visit or worse by being mindful of your pet’s chewing habits.
Never leave your pet unattended while chewing
This rule should apply to any kind of bone dog treats. Rawhide bones can become a blockage if swallowed. While many dogs will nibble on raw hides, swallowing smaller pieces at a time, one large piece could present a problem. To avoid this problem, keep an eye on your pet while he chews. It can also help to periodically check the size of each piece of rawhide. If your dog has removed portions that you believe are of a swallowable size and could get stuck, remove the piece.
Choose the right size of rawhide for your pet
Always select dog treats that are designed for your pet’s breed and size. Many rawhide chews come in a wide variety of sizes, from very small to giant. In some cases, the recommended weight range or suggested breeds may appear directly on the packaging. If none are listed, use your best judgment. It’s easy to identify a bone that might be too small or too large for your dog.
Avoid rawhide bones that your pet can easily swallow whole. Raw hides are meant to be chewed. As your pet gnaws on them, they also become softer and easier to swallow into smaller pieces. A whole, unchewed rawhide should not be swallowed in one piece. On the other hand, a rawhide bone that is too large for a small breed dog could be heavy for the canine to handle. This could cause tension in the neck muscles.
Discard old rawhide bones
Some canines prefer to work on their rawhide dog treats over a period of time. They can discard a bone and return to it later. It is often best to avoid giving your pet too many bones at one time. When you don’t know how many dog bones your pet has, it’s harder to keep track of which ones need to be thrown away. Your pet could find places to hide them, retrieving them when you’re not there to control chewing. Also, rawhide bones that have been chewed can become moist and sticky from the dog’s saliva. This in turn will collect dust and debris from the floors. Instead of your pet chewing on a dirty bone, help keep his teeth clean by tossing out old 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 the softer rawhide to tough, meaty bones. Be sure to follow these safety tips to keep your pet healthy and safe while enjoying your favorite special treat!
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