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Old 01-15-2004, 01:22 PM
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Thank you for all of the help-everything I've read gives no indication of any risks associated with rawhides!
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Old 01-29-2004, 02:16 PM
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Just a little more info, I was once told by a worker at another pet store that rawhide could clog the intestines of dogs and for little dogs it will clog faster and kill the dog. Since then I have talked to my vet (which is supposed to be the best in my area) and he said the raw hide is just fine for all dogs of all sizes.
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Old 03-03-2004, 05:54 PM
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Interesting reading guys - My policy (regardless of what the "experts" say is everything in moderation.) Human Health experts don't even get it right for us, let alone our 4 legged friends. As long as humans continue learning previous so-called facts will continually be debated and updated. Pure common sense keeps all of us alive. We are all derived from dust and flourish when we're back to basics and animals are the same.
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Old 03-05-2004, 08:19 AM
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Mmslaman has a very good point. Common sense is the benchmark of survival. Chews and treats, whether they are rawhide, pigs' ears or manufactured chews should only be a very minimal portion of any dog's diet. There are plenty of chew toys available in size and type appropriate configurations, so edible chews really shouldn't be more than an occassional treat. We probably don't give ours edible chews as often as once a month, and I must admit a preference for giving them the pigs' ears - they DEFINITELY come through, believe me. The dogs are just as happy with chew ropes and other toys on a day to day basis.

Dogs' digestion is an amazing thing, though. When I was a kid I had a little Jack Russell who went on "search and destroy" missions for those little green plastic army men the boys used to play with. There was never a trace left of one. When she was still a tiny puppy she even stole an entire bag of Hershey's kisses and UNWRAPPED and ate them - without harm! We'll never know how a 3 pound puppy got up on top of the table. The only thing that ever fazed her was when she got into the cracked corn we fed the ducks. She started to expand like a balloon. It took three of us to give her an enema (per the vet's instructions) and my Dad still got bitten. Fortunately, she was bright enough not to get into the ducks' food again. She died peacefully in her sleep at over 16. Without a doubt, she was the toughest dog of any size I've ever come across and a testament, if atypical, to their amazing digestive powers.

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Old 04-12-2004, 09:02 PM
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I was thinking about giving my puppy Innova instead of Eukanuba because I have had some problems with Eukanuba. What should I do?
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Old 04-12-2004, 10:51 PM
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The Innova is far and away better food than the Eukanuba. Innova uses all organic, human grade ingredients. Eukanuba doesn't. You wouldn't believe the difference in our dogs since I put them on it. Go to the NaturaPet website at www.naturapet.com , where you'll find a protocol that lets you compare up to four different foods at once; it even lets you click on the individual ingredients to see what they actually are. I think once you do that any questions you might have will be answered. There are several excellent foods available, and you can compare them on the site to see which one you think will be best suited for your dog.

One thing, too. These high quality organic foods really don't cost any more than the Eukanuba or Science Diet, especially when you start to notice that your dog doesn't eat as much, since there is more usable nutrition in the food.
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Old 06-03-2004, 03:27 PM
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I have been training dogs for MANY years and because of that I work hand in hand with vets and petparents. Rawhides are dangerous but you should know about them first and do your OWN research before accepting anyones opinion.

Rawhides are treated leather, so your dog is essentially eating your leather jacket. Most, if not all, rawhides are chemically treated so that they lose the hair that's on them. Since most rawhides you give to your pets are NOT made in the United States, the US can not regulate the chemicals used. If you notice on those precious rawhide treats, their is no ingrediant list or anything that describes what has been done to the product. So, what you are essentially doing, is giving your dog a chemically cleaned leather jacket.

Now I do give my dogs (I have four fur-kids) occassionally but I am constantly home to supervise them. I don't care if your arguement is: "I've been giving my dog bones since before you were in diapers", they are still bad and they are still dangerous.

Ask your vet about this next part. Rawhides have been linked to Cancer in dogs. They are also a leading cause of blockages, and esphogase (sorry about spelling) tears. Rawhides are made from bi-products, and because of that they can have salmonella bacteria.

Third and finally, 40% of dogs are allergic to rawhides and you may not even know it! The FDA has issued out warnings when handling rawhides just from you holding them. That should tell you something. If you want more information on that the website address is www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/NEW00692.html.

If you insist on feeding rawhide, please be sure you are watching him/her. Find a rawhide that includes a list of ingrediants. Only buy the clear, unbleached rawhides. Some companies use a arsenic-based (yes, the poison) when processing them.

Do yourself a favor and form your own EDUCATED decision and go from there.

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Old 06-03-2004, 09:06 PM
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Hi Nikita, Welcome to Chazhound Forums!

Thanks much for the information. I go to Pet stores and see huge bags of pigears, leather chews, and of course the rawhides. They are everywhere

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Old 06-03-2004, 10:38 PM
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We never gave our dogs rawhides with any frequency at all, but my Mom's little Rat Terrier, Katie, loves pig ears. Unfortunately, she tears them off and wolfs them down. The other night, she ended up taking an emergency (11:30 p.m.) trip to the vet because she had vomited until she was vomiting blood, and had passed some in her stool. As it turns out, it was probably the pig ear she scarfed earlier, not bothering to chew it thoroughly. Needless to say, Katie won't be getting any more pig ears, and neither will my big dogs!
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