Rawhide treats are supposed to soften up as your dog chews, allowing them to break apart into easily digestible pieces.
Our dogs love to chew and rawhide chews have been great for their teeth, for boredom, and to alleviate anxiety. Rawhide chews keep our dogs' jaws strong, their teeth clean, and their breath fresh.
The chews, distributed nationwide, were processed at plants in Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil with a chemical used to clean food processing equipment. The chemical is not approved in the U.S. for processing rawhide dog chews.
4. How can I make rawhide chews safer for my dog?
Rawhide chews do provide some benefits for your dog.
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.. Not even the worst rawhide manufacturer overseas uses arsenic or formaldehyde to make rawhide chews. First, neither one of those chemicals contributes anything to the final product. Second, those chemicals are too expensive to use anyway. How did this myth get started? Twenty-five years ago, a Chinese company decided to make rawhide chews. They put their wet hide products in the sun to dry. The flies had a field day. The plant manager ordered his employees to spray the treats with fly spray. Want to guess what was in the spray? Sadly, many American dogs died as a result. But it wasn’t the result of poison ingredients, just stupidity.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.