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Old 02-14-2013, 03:40 PM
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Gums bleeding with Rawhide?

Now, Guinness does not get rawhides regularly. She's only had two since I've owned her. The first time we got her one they were having a good sale on them and Guinness picked one up in the pet store and carried it with he to the register so naturally we bought it for her. When she got home she only chewed on it for about 25 minutes and I walked over to her and noticed that the white rawhide was now red. I took it from her and saw her gums were bleeding from one side, her dominant chewing side. We took it away.

Second time, she was given a Chewynola? It's rawhide with seed on it or something. She liked it but once again it caused her to bleed again. We were at the vet only a short while and the vet said Guinness had great teeth and no problems with her gums or anything.

It's weird because even with the raw bones she doesn't bleed or with her rubber toys, it's just the rawhide.

Has it happened to anyone else? Is it common or normal?
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Maybe the texture is putting little cuts/scrapes on her gums?
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My dad's Pitbull chews rawhide a lot. When she was a puppy her gums would bleed a little, but I think once the dog gets used to chewing it the bleeding stops. She still chews it but she doesn't bleed anymore. I think this is pretty common.
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Woody used to chew raw hides like it was his job. Now he gets them every once in a while and sometimes his gums bleed. He's never really had any issues with it and he just keeps on chewing.
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Never had this happen. Are the rawhides super rOugh
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:38 PM
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I am not a big fan if rawhides. I think there is safer alternatives out there. Since they are not digestible i would be scared of swollowing a bigger piece. No rawhide for us.
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I don't find them to be really rough, the knots at the end are on the larger side though but it was only to make sure she wouldn't be able to destroy it right off the bat like she normally does. The chewynola thing is covered in seed and the rawhide underneath is what we saw some of the blood on. It could be that its rough but I really don't know.

The question really wasn't towards the feeling towards rawhide as Guinness doesn't really ever get them. She only got those two spur of the moment, she's normally on raw bones. We supervise her with all bones regardless of their makeup.
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It has happened with my dog which I believe is mostly from biting his own gums. Sense he has bitten his own gums while playing tug and one time in a accidental dog fight.
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