What are your thoughts on rawhide bones? I know a lot of people who say to stay away from them for various reasons, but I always give them to ours. I always get ones larger than recommended for the dog's size and never leave them available when we're away.
Personally I never recommend these only because of how dangerous they can be. They aren't particually bad for your dog though
Rawhide, when wet turns into a taffy like material, so it expandes anywhere from 2-4 times the size of the bone. If a dog breaks off a dry piece and swallows it, it can (and most likely will) expand in the stomach, causing blockage.
My dogs can't have it cause my one got it stuck in his throat and I had to pull it out. Instead I normally give him real bones...like the Jones or Merrick brand....or I use the Nylabone products (I use the Galilao ones cause they are stronger)
Some dogs do well with rawhide, others do not. If you've had no problems, then your dogs are probably good and know better than to swallow big chunks of it. But, as you said you do, always keep an eye on them while they have it just in case.
I won't use rawhides anymore due to one of my dogs swallowed a big piece, it swelled in her belly, and she got really sick, and vomited so much, but nothing came up. It blocked her up. She had it taken out by a vet with endoscopy, (I think that is what they call it) Alot of money that wont happen again.
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