“ Manufacturer: Pets at Home / Type: Dog Treat / Chew Toy „
We feed Alf a lot of Rawhide chews and boots, they are a fairly healthy by treat standards, the chewing is good for their teeth and they are not overly messy.
Rawhides are made normally from cow skin and are made into many different shapes from chews, bones, hoops and shoes are the most popular shapes.
These come in different sizes and I have also seen them in different colours or with different coloured laces, I think they tend to be Christmas specials though, usually they are a pale creamy beige colour.
They are very thin and lightweight with no smell that I have ever noticed to them. The shoes have one minor issue when he eats them, to start with they are not an easy shape for him to carry about but secondly the string that holds the two parts together often comes out when he is chewing it and he tends to leave them all around the place. If he has chewed them they can be sticky and we have had times its been stuck to the carpet a little.
Depending upon your dog depends how long one of these lasts, my Aunties poodle eats hers in seconds but Alf carries his around for hours! He has this really strange habit where he flips them around and rolls on top of them, I think he must like to smell of them or something.
The downside to them being carried around a lot is that the areas they are chewing can get really soggy or sticky and sometimes he buries these and digs them back up bringing in some nice fresh soil for us inside the shoe as well. I try to make sure I keep him confined to the kitchen while he has one.
If you were buying just a single version of the small one of these at pets at home they are 99p but they often have the packs of mini ones in which are good for smaller dogs and are about £2 a pack.
With Daisy the poodle loving to chew so much the other week I went out and bought loads of things for her to play and chew with in Pets At Home. I buy alot of things around and about but with raw hide products (which are made from some sort of animal skin) I prefer to get it from places that are reputable as rawhide can pose a risk when chewed and swallowed if your not very careful!
These little shoes cost 75p each which is very reasonable and they measure in at the small one being H 4 x W 6 x D 12cm and the larger one being 6 x W 7 x D 18cm however I only ever get Daisy the smaller one of the two due to her small size.
Rawhide is great at keeping teeth healthy and Daisy nibbles on products such as this every day usually however the small parts on this do pose a choking hazard so I do have to watch her with this particular product.
The shoe is just that really, made of robust cream coloured rawhide. The bottom is stitched up kind of thing with a thin strip of rawhide to the main of the shoe and then the front of the shoe it is laced up and secured the same way. Its a nice size for Daisy and nice and light too and she loves anything like this.
The first thing Daisy tries to do though is pick at the 'stitching', like I say this is a concern of mine and I watch like a hawk believe me and when shes undone it I bin it which does leave the shoe in pieces. It does go soggy, again you need to watch a dog with smaller parts at all times and I do chuck it out before any harm comes to her as I am wary as I have seen Daisy choke before and it scared me big time.
Daisy loves this and I do think its a nice idea but I'm not overly comfortable or confident in giving her these and prefer something that doesn't contain smaller parts, which is really what I usually buy nowadays more than these.
Only available in Pets At Home Stores.
I tend to get a bit dubious in giving my dogs these treats purely because they seem a bit unheathly.
The treat is a rawhide and so it a natural but it is always just on the shelf as it is, not wrapped in plastic to preserve it. Something must be preserving it and I fear there maybe a coating of plastic to keep it from going off.
Also as there are no bags the item could have been anywhere before you buy it. Dont get me wrong, my dogs eat anything that it around when out on a walk but eating horse poo is abit different to eating something that could ahve got on the chews, imagine the cleaning of the store with chemicals and then a chew falling on the the floor into the chemical. I wouldnt want my dog eating that.
So really not a fan of these things. I would rather pay more for a chew which is wrapped in a wrapper and so clean and healthy for the dog.
I found that my Rotti would bring up bile the morning after eating one of these chews and so I stopped feeding them for fear of what they were doing to his stomach.
I like Rawhide chews but only those wrapped in a cover on buying.
Those of you who have read my past reviews will know I had two dogs about two years ago. A Rottweiler and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. As those of you with dogs will know they love to chew - especially as teething puppies, it doesn't matter what it is if it's close enough for them to chew, they'll chew it!
They both loved rawhide so I probably kept Pets At Home in business with my constant purchase of rawhide products, especially these rawhide shoes.
Since my two dogs varied so drastically in size, they both got different sized shoes, not that this really mattered since they tended to swap quite often anyway but if you can help it, it is advisable to get the right size shoe for your dog. This is so that the larger dogs won't choke on the smaller shoes and the smaller dogs are able to chew the shoe properly.
For those of you that don't know, rawhide is raw animal skin (usually cow but could be sheep, horse or just about any animal) that has been pressed and shaped into a particular shape - shoes and bones being the most common. Rawhide can present a danger to dogs so you should always assess the risk and take care when feeding rawhide to your dogs but I will mention the dangers later on in this review.
Both my dogs knew full well when I'd bought it and would continually try to get at it before I even got home. I guess that proved they were enjoying it at least!
Once I got them home I gave them each their respective shoe and they both immediately sunk their teeth in and seemed to be thoroughly enjoying tearing it to pieces. The only real warning I have here is that both my dogs loved chewing the stitching around the bottom first, I guess this does make sense as it's the easiest thing for them to get hold of but it also means that this comes loose almost immediately after I've given it to them and therefore need to be thrown away. Once this stitching is taken off you're also effectively left with flat bits of rawhide requiring a lot of supervision as these could easily be chewed small enough to swallow or have parts torn off.
Finally, as with all rawhide chews this does easily get very damp and soggy - a mess of wet, raw animal skin and dog slobber. There's a lovely thought for you! However, this is not specific to this product and is a general problem with rawhide products.
This chew only lasted around 2 weeks with my dogs before I needed to throw it away. This was when they had it around 4 hours a day - although they weren't chewing it this whole time.
I mentioned at the start of this review that rawhide can present some dangers. These are: a choking hazard if bits are swallowed, splintered rawhide is sharp and can cut your dogs oesophagus or stomach if swallowed and that rawhide expands when wet, your dogs stomach can't break this down and due to the expansion blockages may arise if chunks are swallowed. For this reason you should always supervise your dog with any rawhide you give them; any broken off or splintered bits should be thrown away. The whole chew should also be thrown once it has been chewed small enough to be swallowed by your dog.
This chew is available from Pets At Home and costs 60p for a small chew which measures 4 x 6 x 12cm. The large chew measures 6 x 7 x18cm and costs £1.20. I do remember a chew slightly larger then this, however the site doesn't seem to mention it. I did also get my shoes from a local farm shop and so I realize I'm reviewing the Pets at Home version but a rawhide shoe is a rawhide shoe and so it is still worth shopping around if you need a larger size. If you're after a cheaper price though I haven't seen them any cheaper then this.
At that price I would recommend it, but please bear in mind the dangers mentioned above and the fact that your dogs will need to be supervised constantly with these; this is especially important if your dogs are anything like mine and attack the stitching first as this could be dangerous if swallowed.
It's losing a star because of the problems I mentioned above with my dogs chewing the stitching first but otherwise this is a good product.