Are rawhide chews dangerous?

Dogs should not be given rawhide chews

Dogs should not be given rawhide chews

Are rawhide chews dangerous?

The easy answer is yes and here is why!

The process of creating rawhide chews for your pet is a relatively complicated process and as usual, producers found a way to make a profit from what used to be thrown away as an unusable by-product of the leather industry.

Scary?….you betcha!

The top grain of the hide is tanned and leather products are created from it. The hair and fat is removed chemically with a highly toxic sodium sulfide liming, think lye. It is after this process that the inner portion of the hide is removed to make rawhide chews for dogs. It is then washed and whitened with bleach or a bleach and hydrogen peroxide solution.While not legal in the US, arsenic and formaldehyde are often a part of this chemical process.

I used to buy American made rawhide because there is less chemical exposure. Less is the keyword and I am no longer willing to expose my animals to unnecessary chemicals.

If you choose the flavored variety, not only do they stain the surface under the chew (like furniture or carpeting) but they are created with the cheapest ingredients. We all know that chemicals are pretty dang cheap, cheaper than real beef broth, so chemicals are whats used to flavor these treats.

Rawhides are not classified as food and therefore are not regulated in the same way.

Vet bills are expensive. They even have pet insurance now!

I want my dogs to live a long, super healthy life so I refrain from giving them anything that increases their chemical exposure. I even wash their feet when I know we have walked on a sidewalk next to a yard that has recently been treated by a lawn company. I can smell the chemical spray for a few days and often you will see the tiny chemical balls on the sidewalk. This may be more extreme than you are willing to go but I want to keep my beloved dogs with me and vibrant for as long as possible, no cancer, no tumors no mystery diseases.

Dogs are carnivores

Dogs are carnivores and should be fed like one

What should you do instead?

I feed raw meaty bones. My dogs take about an hour to eat their meals and get plenty of chewing action. Angel is often panting when she gets out of her cage because she has had to “work” so hard for her meal. I believe in this way of feeding and whether you do or not I recommend reading this article and doing a little more research about the benefits of this method of feeding. I am not referring to BARF or other commercial raw diet products but fresh from the butcher or hunting trip, hunks of meat still on the carcass (your local farmer is another option as you can give your dog a whole rabbit or chicken, raw of course). Your dogs will love you even more than they already do!!

In exploring the internet for answers to some of my questions I ran across this site. Please visit it for answers to your questions and concerns about feeding raw.

27 Jul 2015

Brown rice or white rice? The answer may surprise you. Also arsenic in rice!

White rice is better than brown for several reasons

White rice is better than brown for several reasons

Brown rice or white rice? Basmati or long grain?

I used to be a brown rice fanatic but since I have been writing my blog posts I have learned a thing or two about rice and believe it or not, I now promote white rice, basmati to be specific.

Here is why!

White rice is considered to be a benign food, in other words while it contains little nutrition, rice itself does no harm.

Did you know there is arsenic in rice!

In new developments, there is also the consideration of arsenic, yep arsenic. Because of heavy pesticide use, pollution and the contamination of much of the world’s groundwater, inorganic arsenic (the dangerous kind) is found in most rice. This is mainly (more…)

19 Jul 2015

Why I love cast iron!

The advantages of cast iron

The advantages of cast iron

So I have used pretty much every kind of pan, including non-stick (Teflon), ceramic and enamel coated, stainless steel, glass, corningware and steel.

Not only is cast iron naturally non-stick if seasoned properly it is extremely durable. Many cast iron pans have been passed down from grandparents and great grandparents.

I remember how stressed I would become when someone in my family used a utensil other than the recommended one of silicone, plastic or wood on my teflon coated pans. It should not (more…)

16 Jul 2015

What are you feeding your dog?

July is all about pets…..or more specifically dogs since that is the only pet I currently have. So, what are you feeding your dog?

Dogs are carnivores

Dogs are carnivores and should be fed like one

Are you still feeding cheap kibble?

Did you at least switch to grain free?

Unfortunately kibble is never the best option, grain free or not.

Have you heard that dogs are omnivores?

Well they’re not! They are carnivores. Just another (more…)

03 Jul 2015

Is leaky gut the root of your ________(fill in the blank)?

leaky gut or dybosisHave you heard the term?

Do you understand what leaky gut is?

Do you know how to fix it?

Read more for answers to these questions and even more information. (more…)

29 Jun 2015

Life changing is the word to describe the benefits of bile salts

Jarrow bile saltsLife changing is the word describing the benefits of bile salts, miracle would be another. Rarely do I run across a “supplement” that does so much and can be helpful to so many.

My regular readers know that I have recently been struggling with gallbladder issues. A week ago I was contemplating giving up on my efforts to heal it after ending up in the emergency room after a nine hour attack. Had it not been for the doctor reporting to me that whatever I had been doing was working. (more…)

27 Jun 2015

Your body PH and its link to illness or health

I have recently discovered that this belief is not true….

and so will be deleting this post soon…..

Ph food chartHow important is your PH level?


It has been directly (and scientifically) linked to conditions like Type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity and as I recently found out, gallbladder issues. While these were the several conditions that I found direct research proving their connection, I also believe an alkaline PH is absolutely beneficial in all illnesses or conditions. (more…)

25 Jun 2015

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