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Old 01-10-2009, 09:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any dog I've ever owned has eaten rawhide and we never had any problems with blockage, etc.

Today, I took my first puppy training class and the trainer says, "Don't give rawhides, they can cause blockages..." and tells us a story of an ER visit attributed to a rawhide blockage. Suggested cow hooves instead.

Wanting a healthy, happy puppy, I picked up two hooves on the way home for a $1 each. Dog loves it and is going to town on them.

For yucks, I Google cow hooves and read multiple sources saying hooves are worse than rawhides. Same sources suggest bully sticks as a virtually risk free option to both.

Again, wanting to have a happy, healthy and chew-occupied puppy, I'm not sure what to believe.

Anyone have insight into this topic?
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Old 01-10-2009, 09:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I heard the same thing you did about the rawhides because they can swallow or choke on the big pieces and it is simply just leather that they are chewing on.

The natural pet store by us has smoked deer bones and said they are excellent since they are smoked and very easily digested. She also recommended the hooves too but I didn't investigate them yet.
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Old 01-10-2009, 09:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Be careful with Greenies too. I've heard many horror stories about greenies. I myself will not feed rawhide, hooves, or bullysticks.
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Old 01-10-2009, 09:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted By: PuddincatBe careful with Greenies too. I've heard many horror stories about greenies. I myself will not feed rawhide, hooves, or bullysticks.
Is there anything else you give them to chew?
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From what i hear, Greenies are now made with a new ingredient that will help it break down rather than get stuck in the dogs digestive tract. i also agree with the rawhides but if you give them i would observe your dog while they are chewing them. i dont give either, i give kongs or nylabones.
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I don't do rawhide or hooves...I did do bully sticks when my dog was a pup, but now she goes thru them too fast for how much they cost.
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Old 01-10-2009, 09:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My puppy has zero interest in our Kong!

We use treats, peanut butter, the liver spray from Kong and all she does is look at it.

Unfortunately, we lost the receipt, or I'd call 'em and get a refund on both the Kong and the liver spray.
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I don't give cow hooves, but I give cow feet instead. 1/2 to 1 dollar each for me. But be aware! They contain little bones, so I give them to my dog only if I'm there to supervise. While she is entertained with the hide, tendons and ligaments, everything is fine, but when I start seeing too much of the bones then the whole thing goes to the trash bin.

Not for chunky dogs either, they contain a lot of fat.
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As I type this, Kayla and Lancer are finishing off their Greenies. There have been problems with them a while ago and they changed the formula some time ago to make them a bit softer. Have not heard any warnings recently, but I would be careful about giving them unobserved if you're unsure.

Bully sticks are great but can be smelly depending on the quality of them. They can be costly depending on where you get them. Here are three places you can order them from if you order online. I usually breakdown the cost to cost per inch to determine the cheapest at any given time. And usually get either the 9 or 12 inch sizes.

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Bully Sticks.com (Seems to be the most expensive of the three)

If you order, shop around. The prices vary widely and they can be expensive. Costco is a good place to buy as well.

Don't do rawhide any longer due to the warnings about choking. have heard warnings about hooves breaking off in pieces so no longer get them either. Too many other options available to use items with so many warnings out there.
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Originally Posted By: vonhughesMy puppy has zero interest in our Kong!

We use treats, peanut butter, the liver spray from Kong and all she does is look at it.

Unfortunately, we lost the receipt, or I'd call 'em and get a refund on both the Kong and the liver spray.
Do she show interest in the same treats when you give outside of the kong?

Here's a thread discussing some other options for fillers for a kong;
Kong fillers

And a link to another website with a bunch of ideas to fill a Kong:

Dog recipes that work great in Kong Toys-The Fun times guide to dogs
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