Any busy dog owner knows this drill: wake up early to the pitter patter of Fido’s toenails on the wood floor. Your dog wants to follow you around all day, but you need to get things around the house done! Why not keep your dog calm and occupied with something tasty to munch on -specifically, a rawhide chew!
Rawhide chews are great for dogs of any age. Chewing is a natural instinct for our furry friends–whether your baby is a puppy or full grown, having something to chew on calms nerves, keeps your dog from getting bored, and is a good way to keep those teeth healthy.
A rawhide is exactly what it sounds like it is; a hide that is “raw”, in that it hasn’t been exposed to any tanning. They are made from the inner layer of hide from cattle, and are designed specifically for dogs to chew on.
Rawhide processing is very straight forward–the hides are cleaned and cut, then rolled and pressed into shapes, many times with added flavors.
Just as – for humans -any time is a good time for chocolate, I believe that for Fido, any time is a good time for rawhides. Here are a few, detailed reasons to give your pooch a snack.
There is a fair amount of controversy surrounding rawhides for dogs. Most of this controversy stems from concern around your dog’s health, as rawhides have been known to splinter and lead to choking.
The main reason for rawhide splinters is simply because of how dry they are. When a dog gets a dry rawhide in his mouth, especially if that rawhide is smaller than your dog’s mouth, it becomes increasingly easy for your pup to choke on splintering pieces.
This danger can be lessened if you soak your rawhide in warm water before handing it over to your pup. Single sheet rawhides are also less likely to splinter.
If splintering does occur, and your dog begins to choke, you’ll need to attempt to remove the rawhide piece manually or rush your pooch to the emergency vet.
The best thing you can do when you give your dog a rawhide is to monitor him, and never give your dog a rawhide unattended. Be ready to take away any splintered pieces that develop, and inspect the rawhide regularly for any signs of deterioration or splintering.
About: The Pet Factory Beefhide Rawhide is a natural rawhide designed to keep your dog busy chewing and coming back for more. It is a mid-range priced product, so it’s good for anyone willing to spend a little for their pooch.
These peanut butter flavored beef-hide chews are 100% natural and made in the USA. They contain no artificial ingredients, chemicals, or preservatives, and are great for those dogs with sensitive stomachs and digestion.
On top of being completely natural, they are also made up of thicker fibers, which means they last longer than other chews. The addition of peanut butter to this beef-hide chew makes dogs go even crazier for it!. Additionally, these chews follow strict GFSI food quality standards for manufacturing, so you don’t need to stress about the quality of your dog’s rawhide goodies.
These chews’ braided shape helps to keep your dog’s teeth healthy and eliminate bad breath, so don’t feel guilty about letting your pooch go to town on these beef rawhides!
They are a good choice for any dog who usually goes through rawhides quickly.
Cons: Although these chews aren’t the most expensive ones out there, they are not the cheapest either. A couple of pet owners have also found that these rawhides can stain the carpet if there is no watchful eye on your pup, but most didn’t seem to have an issue. Additionally, there is some concern about giving peanut butter to dogs. Although it does contain healthy nutrients, too much sugar or salt in peanut butter is not so good for our furry friends.
About: The Raw Paws Compressed Rawhide Sticks are premium rawhide chews for pups with the need to chomp! These premium rawhides are not only perfect for teething puppies, but also for biting and aggressive dogs, and they are long lasting and safe. They are made from only one ingredient, all natural and without preservatives.
Additionally, they contain no grains or gluten, which is potentially good for any dog with digestive sensitivities. These rawhides are made from a single sheet, which reduces the likelihood of splintering and choking for your dog.
About: The Dingo Twist Sticks rawhides are a multi-material treat made from real chicken. They’re great for dogs who like a little more flavor in their rawhides.
The Jumbo Dingo Twist Sticks are another popular brand of rawhide chews. They are on the less expensive end, making them affordable for most pet households, and are good for large dogs.
Most dogs dig into these twists like candy because they contain flavors from real chicken and pork. Additionally, the Dingo Twists also come in different amounts and sizes. They are healthy and help with dog’s dental health by controlling plaque production and promote healthy hygiene.
Dingo manufacturing suggests giving your dog twists that are slightly bigger than your pet’s mouth to avoid choking, and remove and throw away any extra chunks.
About: Pet Magasin Natural Rawhide Treats are a one-of-a-kind, all-natural chew. They fall into the medium price range, and are a pretty good deal for a large pack of rawhides.
The Pet Magasin Natural Rawhide Chews are a great choice for anyone concerned with ingredient transparency and natural food. They come in varied shapes and sizes, so that each dog has the option to find which chip is best for him. They have a satisfying meaty flavor and contain no dyes or bleaches. This brand has a high processing standard, meaning that each chew is treated bacteria-free!
A: Puppies love rawhides, and they are incredibly good for their dental health and the uncomfortable teething period.
As long as the rawhide is slightly larger than your puppy’s mouth, and is soaked in warm water beforehand to lower the chances of splintering, rawhides are generally beneficial. It’s best to always monitor your pup while she has a rawhide, given that these chews do have the potential to splinter.
A: Due to concerns about rawhide splintering, some owners may prefer alternatives to rawhides for dogs (especially if you want a chew that you can leave your dog alone with).
Natural bully sticks (which are much softer than rawhide) and elk antlers (which are tougher and can last even longer than rawhide) are great alternatives – be sure to check out our full guide to the best dog chews for more info!
A: Ultimately, rawhide density and digestibility can vary from any given dog and any given chew. However, as a general rule, most rawhides are not incredibly digestible–broken pieces will pass through your pup’s digestive system and have the potential to get stuck or scrape. That’s why it’s best to monitor your pooch while she’s chewing, and try not to let her swallow rawhide pieces.
Whether you’ve tried rawhides for your pooch or not, let us know in the comments about your methods for dog dental hygiene, ways to keep your pups distracted, and what snacks they enjoy! We’d love to hear from you!
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Meg Marrs is the Founder and Senior Editor at K9 of Mine. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! She loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!