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Choosing the Right Rawhide for Your Dog

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Rawhide can be a great treat for your dog, but which one is the right choice for your pup? Here are some tips to help you choose the right chew.

How do I know I'm choosing the right type of rawhide?

Rawhide can be a great treat for your dog, but which one is the right choice for your pup? Here are some tips to help you choose the right chew.

How do I know I'm choosing the right type of rawhide?

When selecting a chew product for your pet, know your pet's chewing habits and make sure the product is the appropriate size and made of an appropriate material or ingredient. For example, a large dog that has a tendency to chew and swallow large pieces should only be offered a large bone with medium to hard density that is digestible. Likewise, a small dog or puppy should also be offered size-appropriate chews that are of a softer material. Pet Parents should always observe their pets when offered a new chew for the first time. If the pet is able to chew off and swallow large pieces, that chew is not appropriate for that pet. Pet Parents should monitor what and how their pets chew, regardless of the type or brand of chew or toy to prevent choking or swallowing whole pieces.  

Can I give my dog rawhide at ever life stage?

Rawhide bones may provide your puppy something to chew on while teething. As pets mature, rawhides may help promote healthy teeth and gums. Always consult your vet for the best chewing options for your pet. Again, remember to feed the appropriate sized rawhide.

 
How do rawhide chews fit into my dog's dental care routine?

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, rawhide helps scrape away plaque, control tartar buildup, and maintain healthy gums. This helps diminish bad breath, keeps teeth whiter and reduces the risk of potentially serious dental problems.

 
Can all dogs eat rawhide?

Once your pet is used to rawhide, you can treat them to it more frequently; however rawhide is intended as a chew treat and it should not be a primary part of your pet’s diet. "Some dogs tolerate rawhide better than others," says Dr. Robyn Jaynes, DVM, PetSmart Veterinary and Pet Care Expert. "Usually the non-flavored rawhide chews are easier on the pet's stomach than the flavored ones but it really depends on the individual dog."

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01 May 2010 7:59 am

Alina said:

Wonderful questions and answers on rawhide. I did not know the answers to most of these myself and I am glad you posted this here for us all to check out. I guess when it comes down to it trial and error is our best bet.

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