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.
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.
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. http://www.truecarnivores.com/learning-centre/starting-dog-raw/
27 Jul 2015