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Whether or not your dog has problems with rawhide chews, you might want to try a variety of chewing treats and toys, including rawhide, natural marrow bones, and hard rubber toys to fully satisfy your dog’s chewing and other needs.
Chewing also keeps dogs’ jaws strong, teeth clean, and breath a bit fresher. Dogs that chew regularly on rawhides and other bones or toys have less plaque and tartar build-up on teeth.
And rawhides are classic chew toys for dogs
Are Rawhide Chew Toys Safe for My Dog? - Orvis
In Devereux’s remarks, I hear echoes of my own long search for the right dog chew toys. From the time my Shepherd was a wee pup, we combed the pet aisles looking for enticing substitutes for couch and chair leg. She quickly sniffed out her favorite section among the knuckle and femur bones: the bins where the rawhide is cached.Rawhide dog toys can pose a choking risk, as pieces of the sharp material can splinter off and get caught in your dog’s esophagus. Because the rawhide is manufactured to be so resilient and long-lasting, it doesn’t break down. Surgery for removal is usually needed.Nylon chews are becoming the safe alternative to rawhide. A harmless yet strong plastic, nylon makes for a sturdy toy to meet even an aggressive chewer’s needs. In rare instances, small pieces may come off but they pass harmlessly through the dog’s digestive system. Nylon chews can be flavored, and should be chosen by the appropriate size that’s right for your dog. They wear down slowly and resist splintering, which gives them great durability. As with all chew toys, though, they should be replaced when worn.Just like with many other dog chews, toys and foods, giving rawhide bones to your Fido comes with certain risks. Let’s take a look at the all the potential problems that have been associated with rawhide.Chewing — it’s what dogs do. And rawhides are classic chew toys for dogs. Made from the inner layer of cowhides that are cleaned, cut, shaped, sometimes flavored and then dried, rawhides can give hours of chewing pleasure. Or they can be gulped down practically whole by dogs who are more eager for the experience than . A good rule of thumb is to let your pet chew a rawhide toy an hour a day. Give your dog or puppy other chewing toys as well. Hard rubber toys are great for an aggressive chewer.