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Old 12-06-2012, 09:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What are your thoughts on giving rawhide to your GSD's or dogs in general? When I worked in the pet food industry rawhide was considered bad for our canine friends due to digestion. Personally I never gave much thought back then and Im thinking about introducing it to my GSD. What are your opinions?
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't ever give them to my dogs. They can cause blockages. That and the way they are 'processed' may have chemical residue. I think most shops quit carrying the ones from China, but you never know....
Go with nylabones or antlers.
And most pups absolutely love a fresh raw beef knucklebone.
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Not a chance.
These are a good substitute (rolled cow cheeks), but without the risks. Fully digestible, and last as long as a rawhide.

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We give our GS Bully Sticks. She LOVES them, and always tries to sneak into the pantry to get more. They're fully digestible, though she is a chewer, so they last her anywhere from 10-30 minutes depending on the size.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
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A big no to the rawhide.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Here is a story that might help you decide

South Carolina dog nearly dies after consuming rawhide - National Dogs | Examiner.com
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:51 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I remember the very first time I saw them in the pet store, I was totally grossed out and thought "I will NEVER give that to my dog, it just looks and smells nasty" (as well as the smoked bones and pigs ears.)

Then later in life I started in reading about them ... I was really happy with my "gut reaction" ... raw bones, knuckle bones, bully sticks ... there are so many other healthier and safer options.
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My thoughts are "no".
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I give my GSD bully sticks.... They last much longer and my dog loves them... I will never give my dog a rawhide again...
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Nope not anymore. My oldest dog almost died when the rawhide got stuck in her throat. I was scared out of my mind when she couldn't breath
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