Rawhide is soaked in an ash/lye solution to remove every particle of meat, fat and hair and then further soaked in bleach to remove remaining traces of the ash/lye solution. Now that the product is no longer food, it no longer has to comply with food regulations. While the hide is still wet, it is shaped into rawhide chews, and upon drying, it shrinks to approximately 1/4 of its original size. Furthermore, arsenic-based products are often used as preservatives, and antibiotics and insecticides are added to kill bacteria that also fight against good bacteria in your dog's intestines. The collagen fibres in the rawhide make it very tough and long-lasting, which makes this chew a popular choice for humans to give to their dogs because it satisfies the dog's natural urge to chew while providing many hours of quiet entertainment. Sadly, when a dog chews on a rawhide treat, they ingest many harsh chemicals and when your dog swallows a piece of rawhide, that piece can swell up to four times its size inside your dog's stomach, which can cause anything from mild to severe gastric blockages that could become life threatening and require surgery. While we are at it, please note that Pig's Ears and Hoof Treats are on the 'no' list as well. and should be especially avoided. Pig's Ears are processed and preserved with unhealthy chemicals that discerning dog guardians will not want to feed their dogs. Hoof Treats are not 'natural' as indicated and after processing these treats retain little if any of their natural qualities. Hoof treats are treated with insecticides, lead, bleach, arsenic based products and antibiotics to kill bacteria which can harm the good bacteria in your dog's intestines. Hooves can cause preforation or blockages in your dog's intestines.
Coming next . . . Probiotics for your puppy and dog, how many of you use them and can you share your thoughts about them?
Melanie McCarthy - Cavachons From The Monarchy www.cavachonsfromthemonarchy.com
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