If there is one treat that I would not recommend, for dog owners to allow their pets to gnaw unsupervised, it is a rawhide chew, still available in many pet stores.
These chews, made from animal hides, come in many shapes and sizes, from small, thin rods to large tubes with knotted ends, balls, hoops and boots. The cost, depending on shape and size, varies considerably. From about £1.50 to £5.00 but cheaper to buy in bulk.
Whilst it is claimed they are ideal for helping to keep dog’s teeth and jaws in good condition, they are also dangerous, simply because instead of emulsifying like foodstuffs and eventually being digested, the hides gelatinise, remaining whole and indigestible. Large chunks can be broken off the main stem of the hide and swallowed; incidents of choking have been recorded where large chunks had become stuck in the oesophagus of dogs.
Many times before I became fully aware of the fact that these hides did not disintegrate, I had to remove chunks from one of my Cocker spaniel’s throat as he tried unsuccessfully to swallow the large pieces he had reduced it to nougat-like textures and tugged away from the main hide.
I shudder to imagine what might have happened had I not been around when he was enjoying his treat.
The hide can also cause pain as it travels complete, down the intestine and even partial or total blockages of the intestinal tract.
I have known of one small dog in terrific pain after swallowing a long chunk and my own puppy went into shock with the pain after I allowed him to chew a pencil-thin stick of raw-hide, thinking at the time that it being so small, could do no harm. He pulled off and swallowed a comparatively small chunk, but it still caused him considerable pain as it travelled along his digestive system. This I have mentioned in another review of mine about a safer kind of chew.
All my dogs up until the last incident, thoroughly enjoyed their rawhides, but even then, I never left them on their own with one.
The best way to allow dogs to enjoy them in safety without causing harm to their digestive systems or health is to cut the gelatinised ends off before the dog manages to detach it him or herself from the main stem.
The safest, in my opinion would be the Pressed Bone chew, in the shape of a bone or ring; they are solid and will take a great deal of chewing before soft enough to tug away from the main stem.. The least safe would be the thin strips, and knotted versions, which are quickly gelatinised and the knots often part from the main stem, posing an added danger in that especially large dogs may attempt to swallow them completely.
My little French Bulldog loves to chew and always has, a having a pug in the family who loves these chews, I thought I''''d try them for her. Depending on where you get them from will relay how much you pay.. They go anything from pence to £2 for one medium sized which is ridiculous when you see how much they can be sold for elsewhere. They do loads of differ kinds of this bone, just plain sticks, big rings, boomerang shaped etc but I find this one to be the best because whilst they the one end the dog has something to grasp it by (as in the knot on the other end) and she can get good and in to it. She absolutely loves these chews and goes though them very quickly. I didn''''t realise these chews were all different pieces put together, as previously my pug only chewed them for a day or two and we would throw it away. When my Frenchie chews these she ends up with loads of different parts to it and I do find myself having to pick up the smaller pieces and throw them away because of it being a choking hazard. I would definitely recommend these for a dog who loves to bite and chew, but I would absolutely suggest you monitor them whilst they have it and not to leave them with the chew if it''''s a smaller dog because of the worry they may choke. Overall they are good long lasting bones but once chewed, they turn soft and white, and that white stuff will leave marks on everything it touches from furniture to shoes so be sure to keep an eye on your dog whilst they have one of these chews! :)
I like to spoil my puppy dog and so does my dad and my sister so there's always a range of special treats for him in the house. He has his own cupboard just because he has so many things. I like to buy him these knotted bones. These bones are made of dried animal skin and shaped how ever the creator wants them in this case a bone with knotted ends, the colour is usually a brown- translucent colour.
If I'm in town or a supermarket I'll usually pick him up one of two of these, they can come in lots of sizes from mini, small, medium and large. I have a large labradoodle so he'll just swallow the small ones whole! I usually get him the large size which can start off at 50p and can go up to £2 depending on where you buy them from, I get mine from wilkinsons and the price changes every now and them.
The packaging is very minimum, it's a sticky label with the bar code, what it is and the price but I know some versions of this have plastic wrapping on. This can be a little bit of a problem, just because Mungo can smell it in my bag as soon as I walk through the door! I like to buy these in bulk because otherwise he'd finish it the first day I bought it.
These don't last long at all with Mungo, he'll take it straight away after sitting and giving me his paws, he'll run and find a comfy spot on the rug or on the sofa, within a couple of hours this will be gone and he'll just jumping on me thanking me. These aren't messy because they're easy for dogs to rip off and chew without getting it all over the place.
Probably one of the most disgusting sights to see is my dog Eddie tucking into one of these rawhide bones! Eddie is a lovely cocker spaniel who at two years of age still has all the energy of a brand new puppy and likes to bound around the house with endless energy. In the evenings when the kids are in bed we like to let him roam around the downstairs and have somewhat free range of the house (not before picking up the wet cat food so he can't eat that!!) He is fairly well trained but in order to keep him from eating random slippers lying around we need to give him something to focus his energy and attention on and these bones are great for that.
A rawhide bone is a bone made from the skin of animals, usually a cow. According to an article I read, "The skin is split into inner and outer layers. The tough outer layer is used for leather shoes, garments, and upholstery, while the softer inner layer is cut and formed into different shapes for dog chews." These really satisfy my dog Eddie's need to chew. The bones are some of the hardest bones you can buy and what I really like about them is that he takes such a long time to chew through them, thus keeping him entertained for a lot longer than just a regular bone or even a chew toy for that matter.
When Eddie chews the bone he gets that kind of plasticky noise when his teeth try to crack through the bone. The bone is really hard and actually quite heavy, it makes quite a banging noise when Eddie throws it against our wooden floor. Once he eventually does crack through the outer skin which generally takes him a day or two of really heavy chewing the innards part of the bone goes quite soft with all the saliva in his mouth and then this is when it looks really yucky and parts start to fall off. He absolutely loves it though and loves eating one of these. The end goes a bit sticky when he is chewing it but once it dries the bone goes quite hard again.
The bone will go quite soft though if dropped in water and I always have to go and check to make sure Eddie hasn't dropped it in his water bowl as this is one of the things he likes to do and it kind of renders the bone useless after that.
I really like these bones, as well as giving Eddie something to do I also think they are really tasty and good for his teeth. Each bones in only a few pounds and I definitely recommend having some of these around the house as a treat for your dog.
As many people who read my reviews will know, my dogs are spoiled rotten! I love treating them and often buy them a vast variety of treats so that they don't get bored, haha - how sad do I sound!! Anyway, one of my long term dog treat purchases is the rawhide knotted bones. These have been a reacurring staple in my dog's treat box, as they are so affordable and very long lasting. For anyone who isn't aware of what rawhide is, it is basically animal skin (usually cow or buffalo skin) which has been tried out, resulting in a hard, translucent material which is then shaped into whatever shape the person shaping it prefers.. in this case it has been shaped into a bone, with two big knots at each end to resemble the ball thingies (sorry, I have no idea of the actual name lol) that would be on a normal bone.
I buy these treats in bulk, however they can also be bought individually. For a pack of ten I pay £8.74, which in my opinion is an absolute bargain! I buy mine from Amazon but they're widely available from pet supply websites, pet shops and even supermarkets. Prices do vary and the RRP for a pack of ten is £9.99 which I still think is a bargain, personally! Individually they range from around 70p-£2 each depending on where you buy them from. Packaging wise, it's basic. They come in a plastic transparent transparent package which keeps them all together neatly so there is no need to transfer them into my dogs treat tin unless I want to, and I usually keep them tucked away behind the microwave on the kitchen worktop. The packaging is easy to open with scissors and each pack of ten weighs 1.2k kilograms.
The treats are a decent size and i'd estimate that they're around 15 centimetres long. They've got a bit of weight to them but they're still light enough for my dogs to carry around. They would definetly do some damage they were thrown with force and hit a window (my dogs have a tendancy to throw their treats/bones around when they're excited) so I usually put them outside with their treats at first until the excitement wears down as they all are very pleased with themselves upon recieving one of these bones and as a result they go rushing around and throwing their treats in the air and running after them haha.. i'm sure anyone who has dogs will know what I mean!
The treats are nothing special to look at. They're a beige colour and are smooth to the touch with a glossy finish. The texture is hard but my dogs have no trouble chewing them up although it takes around 30 minutes before they've even chewed one of the end bits off which is good as it keeps them busy - very handy for when I need to feed my new baby, Erin and don't want the dogs crowding around (they're seriously obsessed with her, bless!) The treats have no smell, although if I hold one closely to my nose it does have a subtle smell.. a bit like paper, lol. Definetly not a smell that makes me feel sick and it isn't a smell that lingers at all.
Once my dogs have chewed one of these treats for 30mins or so, the treat becomes frothy with the rawhide turning white. It's not as messy as it sounds though and my dogs hoover it off the ground, although if you have a carpet it will definetly get soggy with dog slobber and wet bits of rawhide if you let your dog on it with one of these. The treats last for around 3 days, by then they have become dirty, soggy and if left outdoors, they soak up moisture so make quite a mess once the dog tucks back into it. I chuck them in the bin as soon as they get dirty as it isn't hygienic and it isn't worth messing about cleaning them with tissue as they're cheap and the dogs enjoy them even if it's only for an hour or so.
These bones are made from high density buffalo hide and are firmly pressed to last longer. They have been salmonella treated and are suitable for all breeds of dogs. As many people will know, chews like these help keep a dogs gums and teeth healthy as well as keeping them entertained. Overall I would reccomend these treats as they're affordable and good value for money. My dogs love them and they're not too messy, nor are they smelly. Absolutely no disadvantages at all - 5/5 stars from me!