3. Are there risks associated with rawhide dog treats?
The Whole Dog Journal reports that the best quality rawhide treats are made from Wholesome Hide and can be purchased from:
Promoted as an “all natural” treat, rawhide does keep dogs entertained, perhaps even more so in its many basted, twisted, even brightly colored mutations. It’s the equivalent of that gummy-worm-fortified cereal made with real oats that children howl for all the way down the breakfast aisle. Those looking to improve on the bone are like the clever marketers who expertly tune a child’s whining pitch. Your dog would like to convince you that rawhide is primal therapy for his carnivorous soul!
When rawhide treat has been chewed down to a small portion, you may want to remove the remains if your dog tends to try to swallow or eat pieces that are just a little too big for the pet.
5. Should certain dogs avoid rawhide treats?
And "yes" you're right - rawhide dog treats are very questionable
A decade ago, nearly all rawhide dog chews were made in the USA. Now, most of them are produced in Mexico, South America, China. Wholesome Hide is one of the only companies producing rawhide treats in the USA with USA beef hide. Of course that means were are creating American jobs and paying American taxes. But it also means that we are supplying dog owners with treats that have qualities that are simply not available in import products.Wholesome Hide makes its rawhide treats in the USA only from fresh USA-sourced beef hide. We don’t split the hides into layers to get more yield per hide as almost all Mexican, South American and Chinese manufacturers do. We don’t need to use chemicals to thicken and stabilize old hide. Nor do we use chemicals to whiten or add weight. The biggest problem with import treats is that they split the hides into thin layers, fill it with scraps and waste and then use sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to add weight to the product. That’s bad for dogs and is the reason many dogs get very thirsty after eating import rawhides. We NEVER use those chemicals in making Wholesome Hide products.As a small, family-owned American business, Wholesome Hide and its owner have made rawhide treats for dogs for nearly 30 years. Wanting to maintain a hard-earned reputation for producing safe, healthy rawhide chews, the company has always sourced its products exclusively from the USA and has never substituted or “mixed in” import product, even when supplies of USA beef hide were hard to come by. Periodically, myths and wild stories about rawhide treats make the rounds online and are sometime taken as “universal truth.” Many of these stories may have some basis in fact as they pertain to import rawhide treats, but are NOT true of USA-sourced, USA-made chews. We have attempted to address some of the myths and realities so that dog parents can make up their own minds and not be unduly influenced by people who claim to be experts but obviously know very little about how rawhide treats are actually made.. Canines have been eating dried animal skin for millennia. (And a lot worse if they go outside). They can handle it. It also keeps their teeth clean, their gums healthy and provides them with a way to burn off excess energy. Despite our attempts to come up with more “civilized” chews such as nylon, pressed vegetable matter and whatnot, dogs still prefer an animal-based chew. Our naturally processed chews smell like a butcher shop. That’s why dogs love them! Import products smell like a chemical factory. A healthy USA-sourced rawhide treat is as good as it gets.