Rawhide Chews are DANGEROUS!
Rawhide is typically made from cow hides, which are cleaned with industrial strength cleaners, and coated in deadly preservatives not approved for human consumption. Manufacturers use bleach and formaldehyde to whiten and disinfect the product, before putting it together with glue, artificial flavors and artificial colors.
Rawhides are a byproduct of leather, and the chemicals and additives used in manufacturing these chews are extremely toxic to living creatures. Due to the glue they use to bind the hide and make it last longer, rawhides are infamous for killing dogs via choking or intestinal blockages. Rawhide is indigestible!
There are absolutely NO safe rawhide chews to give to your dogs, but thankfully there are a ton of healthy and safe alternatives! Here are some of the most popular healthy alternative to rawhide chews.
Healthy Alternatives to Rawhide that are SAFE!
Raw meaty bones are nature's toothbrush! The ideal bones for recreational chewing include rib bones, knuckle bones, femur bones, marrow bones, and neck bones. Recreational bones are not meant to be eaten completely, so monitor your dog! You can also give FULLY EDIBLE raw meaty bones like turkey necks, lamb ribs, chicken necks, chicken feet, or turkey wings. These light weight, easily digestible bones are safe to feed in their entirety. Never feed cooked bones!
Dehydrated trachea are a fantastic crunchy, hollow chew rich in glucosamine and chondroitin, which make this chew good for your dog's joint health joint health! The combination of crunchiness and chewiness makes it ideal for cleaning your dog's teeth and providing an interesting texture and chewing experience.
An alternative to meat protein, Sweet Potato chews are a healthy vegetable snack that lasts longer than you would think! The best part is that they are easy and inexpensive to make right at home! Click here to read my blog article on homemade sweet potato chews. They are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals and contain antioxidants!