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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-09-2014, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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My Puppy would literally do ANYTHING for a rawhide or bone... I have read and heard they are bad so I have totally avoided it. The vet said I could give him one for a short period and take it if he it too rough with it or is trying to ingest it. My roommate gives their dog rawhides and bones and Chief is always running to the other dogs crate to make a score on one. Today he got a rawhide roll and I let him have it for about 5-10 minutes called him to get him to leave it and low and behold he comes running with it in his mouth. I traded with him and swiped the roll when he looked away. He covered the whole house floor looking for where it went. It seems that this is an incredibly high value treat for him. I wanted to avoid giving these to him but if he sees them as that high value is there an alternative or am I completely nuts?
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I never use rawhide. They expand when swallowed. I give nylabones the flexible ones or his favorite is deer antler
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Antlers, bully sticks, beef tendons or trachae, raw bones like knuckle or marrow, stuffed kongs. There are lots of more natural and safe things to feed then rawhide, even nylabones are preferable though I personally don't use them as none of my dogs have ever shown interest I freeze most treats like the bones and tendons to make them last longer

I would encourage your roommate to either confine the treats to a closed crate or room to avoid your dog getting into them. I had to do the same with my old roommate

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My oldest was eating a rawhide and when she was done I noticed that her breathing was really shallow and labored. Sure enough it was stuck in her throat and closing her airways. I could almost reach it and opted to make her throw it up, which was a lot faster then getting to the vet and I'm sure she would have died. Haven't used another rawhide since..8 yrs.

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Thanks! He does have some interest in antlers. May try bully sticks...any recommended brands/types? He isn't really too keen on the nylas (sigh) ....
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Rahide almost killed our Mini Schnauzer when she was young, expanded, obstructed her intestines. Our GSD chews on deer Antler and they are long lasting. he would demolish a Pigs Knee in no time. He's been working on the antler for a week now and has hardly made a dent in it! His teeth are pearly white. I wouldn't give any dog rawhide after almost losing Amy 10 years ago!
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Recommendations I have is to look for a USA or Canadian product. They are more expensive but I have some vague inkling that they are processed safely. EU products aren't widely available here but some might be OK. USA products are more expensive than the ones produced in South America or Asia. I have used compressed rawhide chews successfully but not the regular rawhide.
My thinking concerns the recent health issues with Asia products - not worth it to save a bit.
BTW Big R has the best buy I've found on USA products - a fair sized bag of trachea, tendons, pizzles, duck feet etc for $10. Sounds gross but if we are going to butcher an animal we might as well honor it by using as much of it as possible.
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This may sound really gross but my boy loves them. Try to find some dried duck's feet. They have the same texture as rawhides but are way safer. The ones I get are like $1 a piece and I can save them and just give him one every now and then as a treat.


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Thank You again for all of the input! Will be trying many if not all of these!
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Bully sticks will be fine for when it's a pup...as it gets bigger, they won't last.

Lots of people use beef marrow bones (ones you can find at Shoprite) and what I do is take out all the marrow with a knife so it's not as messy and rich, then I drop the bone into boiling water for 10 secs (just enough to kill some germs but not enough to make the bone brittle) wipe it down, and give it to her. She'll bring it around the house and chew on it...best part is, the bones don't go bad, so from time to time she'll just chew on a old one that she found under the couch or something.
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