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I wanted to ask about something else, a different health issue but I am worried about some rawhide (chew) a dog I'm dog sitting for/watching had. I didn't even want to offer it but the owner(s) said they let the dog chew rawhide bones - and my Mom thought it was okay (but, I didn't). I wish I went with my instinct not to.

Anyway, the 'chew' looks like this:
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The dog is 9 years old and is a mix but looks most like a Jack Russell Terrier. She started chewing the end like most dogs but chewed some pieces off the end. She swallowed a bit of it. Not much as I took the bone/chew away after I saw that. I yelled to my Mom not to let her and she just said it's fine. I already had hesitations with rawhide like I said but I got the bone anyway. I feel really stupid and guilty now.

Will she be okay? I think she's had rawhide before but I bought a smaller bone than what she usually has (she lives with two other female dogs - they have slightly larger rawhide bones/chews).

I am worried now. When will I know the rawhide has gone through her system? I read that it's not digestible. Sounds bad. I made a vet appt. for Thursday for her scooting but I hope I don't have to go earlier for something related to this. I wish I listened to my instincts.

:-( I am really interested in a reply now as I really would like some advice here.

I also would like to know what she can chew since she really seems eager to chew or play at times. I read about real (marrow) bones or carrots. Others recommend the bully chews.

That's providing she's okay.

Help. Worried. I already lost a dog already and I'm only dog sitting this one.
 

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A small piece of rawhide will likely cause no issue, she'll pass it through. But I would avoid giving her any more. Even rawhide that says made in the USA can come from cattle from anywhere, likely china. They get away with it because it was MADE here but the hides are from elsewhere. There are chemicals used on the hides before they are made into chews. Good alternatives are bully sticks and trachea. There are also Himalayan chews and deer/moose/caribou antlers depending on the dog. I would avoid antlers for strong chewers.
 

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A small piece of rawhide will likely cause no issue, she'll pass it through. But I would avoid giving her any more. Even rawhide that says made in the USA can come from cattle from anywhere, likely china. They get away with it because it was MADE here but the hides are from elsewhere. There are chemicals used on the hides before they are made into chews. Good alternatives are bully sticks and trachea. There are also Himalayan chews and deer/moose/caribou antlers depending on the dog. I would avoid antlers for strong chewers.
I hope so. She seems okay so far. But, I guess I won't know for sure until tomorrow?

I am not giving her any more. I don't even know what I was thinking - it's unlike me to risk something like that and I was thinking the same thing - that I don't even know where it came from. I don't understand why it's still allowed to be sold in pet stores. There is too much risk with it, just in general, right?

So bully sticks are okay? I used to give it to my own dog from time to time. He did like those. I don't care about the smell of them but I did wonder if they were safe and not a health risk either. They are sticky and seem to have something on them? No chemicals?

I did buy an antler for the female dog I'm watching, too, but I read that there is a concern of chemicals and also some are very hard even for the dog's teeth? She is not interested in it but I took it away anyway after reading those concerns. It was small, though, and maybe the hardness is applicable to larger antlers (the one I bought was almost flat). I won't use antlers again to be on the safe side.

Thanks for the suggestions. Crossing fingers and hoping she's okay.
 

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I've never heard of chemical risk with antlers. They are normally shed by the animal collected and then cut up. No need to do anything else. Many people also will find sheds out in the woods and sell those. Some are split and Freyja seems to like those better. They are hard but as long as you don't have a strong chewer they should be fine.

The bully sticks I've gotten don't really smell, and they are never sticky. I always make sure they are not smoked or flavored. Bully sticks are considered safe, they are just dried.

Unless the dog ingested a lot of rawhide it shouldn't be a problem. They can digest them, it's when they eat a lot that a problem can occur, plus the whole chemical and unknown source of the hides.
 
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