United Pet Group Recalls Multiple Brands of Rawhide Chews

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June 10, 2017 — United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc., is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products due to chemical contamination.

What’s Recalled?

Click the links below for complete lot identification information and associated product images for each recalled item.

American Beefhide

Digest-eeze

Healthy Hide Chews

Good-n-Fun Chews

What Caused the Recall?

The recall was initiated after United Pet Group realized that specific rawhide chew manufacturing facilities in Mexico and Colombia, as well as one of its suppliers in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in the manufacturing of rawhide chews.

The compound is an anti-microbial chemical that is approved for cleaning food processing equipment. But it has not been approved in the U.S. as a processing aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs.

United Pet Group received very limited reports of pet illness based on the volume of possibly affected rawhide chew products manufactured and distributed.

The primary complaint received from consumers was that the affected product had an unpleasant odor. Diarrhea and vomiting were also reported.

Exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds through direct ingestion may cause the following symptoms in dogs: reduced appetite, and gastric irritation including diarrhea and vomiting.

These symptoms may require treatment by a veterinarian depending on severity.

Where Were the Products Sold?

The affected product was distributed nationwide from United Pet Group’s Edwardsville, Illinois, distribution facility and was delivered to consumers through various retail establishments including online outlets.

Expiration Dates

All of the dog chew products included in the voluntary recall identify an expiration date ranging from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 located on the back of the package.

The products subject to the recall are described below.

American Beefhide

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the American Beefhide brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Manufactured by:
Salix Animal Health, LLC
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Digest-eeze

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Digest-eeze brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB, and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Manufactured by:
Salix Animal Health, LLC
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Healthy Hide

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Healthy Hide brand, Healthy Hide Good-n-Fit brand, and Healthy Hide Good-n-Fun brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

United Pet Group, a Division of Spectrum Brands, Inc.
3001 Commerce St. Blacksburg, VA 24060
800-645-5154

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased the products described above are urged to dispose of the product or return it directly to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they initially purchased the product for full refund.

We take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously and we are continuing to investigate the cause of this problem. We are implementing changes across the affected manufacturing facilities in order to prevent this problem from reoccurring in the future. United Pet Group is also working with retailers to ensure that the affected products are no longer sold and removed from inventory.

If you have these products, please contact the United Pet Group consumer affairs team at 1-855-215-4962 between the hours of 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time for a refund.

Consumers with questions may call the consumer affairs team at the number listed above.

For press inquiries, please contact Meg Rowley at 985-237-9786, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

This voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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  • Milk Manson

    Still here…

  • Lauren

    First off, why did you feel the need to bring God into this? Was that supposed to strengthen your argument? (I wouldn’t be surprised because, you flat-out told Gabriel that their opinion was insignificant?)

    Also, if we work hard at being the best, then why is our education, healthcare system, etc. garbage?

  • HoundMusic

    Of course. I did it all wrong because the conclusions I arrived at deviated from yours.

  • Sara Barden

    GEEs..I had no idea…

  • Pitlove

    Then you see there is no concern πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  • ANI Support Group

    I’m well aware what it is. Good luck

  • Pitlove

    Hi ANI Support Group-

    Thank you for your concern. I understand Chlohexidine does not sound like a safe product to be used in a dental chew treat, but fortunately it is.

    Chlohexidine is commonly used for oral rinses in humans and is not metabolized by the body. It is a very gentle antiseptic used not only as a pre surg scrub, but is commonly used to treat oral wounds and dry socket.

    I have no concerns about the amount of Chlohexidine in CET dental chews.

  • anon101

    I don’t know what you mean by this comment?

  • ANI Support Group

    Wow. Stress on the system or what

  • anon101

    I have had good results with one raw carrot or frozen raw carrot a day (wash first).
    Daily dental brushings and annual checkups.

  • ANI Support Group

    Ditch them, why would you even consider them

  • ANI Support Group

    They have a lot of sales? lol

  • ANI Support Group

    I wouldn’t offer or recommend any rawhide ever, full stop. Some veterinarians warn against feeding rawhide and pig ears because they can contain chemical residues (from chemicals used to remove the fur) that can be harmful to your dog’s health..
    I see that they don’t tell you how much Chlorhexidine is in these CET dental chews that you recommend. That to me alone is a red light

  • ANI Support Group

    Then you’re not researching correctly. Keep looking

  • a canadian

    good stuff chacha (y)

  • a canadian

    i am vegan for 20 yrs not my JR.. he gets a variety of foods.. he is 11 now and in good health..

  • Bobby dog

    There you go, you can make expensive Cheetos for them!

    Bobby loves that type of texture food wise. He likes Puffsters (part of current recall ☹) and Pro Plan used to make a similar type treat.

  • Crazy4cats
  • Crazy4cats

    Yes, that is always a concern for my two. They are doing much better in that area. But, always on the watch after witnessing them swallow and pass a few socks in their younger years.

  • aimee

    I wonder if they differ by brand/processing?? I haven’t ever read of any other reports of them shattering. My other safety concern with them is that a dog could just swallow them whole.

  • Pitlove

    Honestly I can’t really speak on the Yak chews. I have only ever used them once and while Bentley absolutely loved them, he blew through it in minutes. Didn’t feel it was worth it to purchase again, so I don’t know that I can speak of their safety.

  • Crazy4cats

    I remember someone mentioning that now too. Ha! I’ll have to give it a try.

  • Crazy4cats

    OMG, that’s not good! That did not happen with mine so far. You’re right, they are SO expensive. That is why we’ve never tried them before. My dogs are heavy chewers and I thought they’d be gone in 5 seconds. They are much cheaper at Costco. I’ll keep a close eye on them. I certainly don’t want any broken teeth.

  • aimee

    My concern with the yak chews is that they can break teeth, but I did try them once. Both dogs, even the Crested who is genetically missing teeth his main chewing teeth caused the chew to fracture into many pieces of sharp shards which they then wanted to swallow. I tossed them after about a total of 5 seconds… a very expensive 5 seconds πŸ™‚

  • Bobby dog

    I think I read somewhere people were microwaving the small pieces left over after chewing most of it for a short time and they turn into a puffy type of consistency, like Cheetos.

  • Crazy4cats

    Costco is now selling Yak Cheese Chews. What do you think of these? I bought some and they are by far the most long lasting chews I have ever bought. I took them away after about 15 or 20 minutes. There is probably enough left of them for another couple of evenings of chewing. we finally do not have to attach vice grips to all treats we give them anymore. Yay!

  • Pitlove

    We sell them at work along with other rawhide products including the Digesteeze involved in the recall. I definitely feel the CET chews are safer because of the shape. I still have a lot left of the bag of XLG chews I bought since Max has been on a diet. I haven’t thrown them out, but I’m not sure if i’ll use them again or not. Bentley has also been having some stomach issues that I need to get checked out so I’m holding off on treats til it’s sorted out.

  • Crazy4cats

    I just bought a bag of those CET dental chews last week in the veggie flavor. My dogs have only had a couple of them, but so far so good. They are big time gulpers and I have been afraid to give them anything they may swallow.They are almost six years old now and I can finally relax a bit. Glad they are recommended by vets. I bought them at Petsmart online. They have a lot of sales!

  • anon101

    This article is a few years old but I found it to be helpful
    Excerpt below, click on link for full article:
    Cow hooves and pigs ears are what the name implies.
    Marrow bones are from the long bones of cows and pigs.
    Rawhides are the skin of cows.
    Antlers come from either deer or elk.
    So what do you think bully sticks are? Think about this one. Give up? They are bull penises! Hmm.
    There are some dangers with all of these items. All of these have the potential and can cause intestinal obstructions, but equally important are the dangers that come from the way these are processed. They are first soaked for hours in a caustic lye solution to digest the undesirables off the skin and then to remove the lye the skin is then soaked in bleach solution. Sounds yummy. Many of the rawhides come from China where they have been known to use arsenic compounds to preserve them.
    There is no regulation of rawhides or pigs ears. You really have no idea where these come from.
    – See more at: http://www.embracepetinsurance.com/blog/harmful-side-animal-sourced-dog-chews#sthash.6pMYFSG2.dpuf

  • Pitlove

    The one rawhide product I have used without issue are the CET dental chews. And like you said they are flat large pieces.

    I definitely agree there is risk to everything. That is what I took away from the conversation at MedVet with the surgeons. I get asked at work a lot about what type of chews are good and I’ve definitely started asking a lot more detailed questions about the chewing habits of the dog before recommend anything.

  • aimee

    Houndmusic,
    Thanks for sharing your experiences!

  • HoundMusic

    “I found a blog in which an internist reported the most common thing
    he/she was called in for emergency scoping for was removal of chicken
    and turkey neck bones.”

    Over the years I’ve had three separate scares with poultry parts sliding down throats, getting lodged there, and needing to be physically extricated. Once with a smallish turkey neck – that dog pulled it out of my hand so quickly, it just slid right down. Being so similarly sized/shaped to a dog’s throat, I had to straddle a panicking dog and pull the piece out with kitchen tongs. That was the last time I ever fed poultry necks.

    The same thing happened with pieces of chicken leg quarters that started out large enough, but the dogs had chewed and then re-inhaled smaller pieces. I’ve also had several dogs with fractured/chipped/stress cracked teeth from nothing heavier than a pork neck. When my Shepherd mix died last year, I ended the raw diet with him – he’d suffered with a premolar fractured to the pulp for two years, yet he had degenerative myelopathy, and the Vet, understandably, would not anesthetize him for dental surgery. Six months prior to that dog’s death, my now 11 year old male had a stomach obstruction from a pork neck, so “natural” is not necessarily better.

    For my pack, well made rawhides seem to be the safest bet. I don’t believe they’re inherently bad for dogs, but quality matters, and destructive chewers probably shouldn’t have anything.

  • HoundMusic

    Oh, I definitely agree rawhide, or any chews, really, are Very Bad for heavy chewers. When I had my Shepherds, that was about the time I stopped giving all dental treats, because they would just bite off HUGE pieces and practically swallow them whole. The Beagles tend to just gnaw, but I can imagine a dog with powerful jaws could do themselves serious damage πŸ™

  • aimee

    I’ve used rawhide without problems but I only give large flat pieces that can’t fit into the dog’s mouth which for them prevents them from chewing off and swallowing large hunks.Primarily though they get stuffed Kongs.

    In the multi vet practice I take my kids .( 10 + Dr’s) I’ve found a variety of opinions. When I inquired as to what type of chew was most frequently implicated in their surgery cases the response was natural bone and nylon bone.

    I found a blog in which an internist reported the most common thing he/she was called in for emergency scoping for was removal of chicken and turkey neck bones. The shape makes them particularly problematic .. lots of projections. Reported three euthanasias in one month due to bone in the esophagus : (

    There is risk in everything each person has to decide for themselves what they consider acceptable

  • Pitlove

    Hi HoundMusic-

    After doing a clinical rotation through an emergency clinic for school and hearing the surgeons talk about the various things they have had to remove from dogs stomachs (including rawhide) I am definitely hesistant to give my dogs much of anything.

    Also, the vets I am currently working with for an externship (not holistic/homeopathic at all) do not recommend rawhide either.

    I do agree that sizing and knowing your dogs chewing habits is very important, so I guess since I know my dogs will inhale rawhide and get sick I don’t give it to them.

  • HoundMusic

    Meh. Lots of misinformation, often deliberate, is floating about the internets. Specifically from the naturopathic crowd. A google search gets me very little besides “natural” and homeopathic dog sites, whose advice I’ll take with a boulder size grain of salt.

    Not to say that we shouldn’t be extremely cautious about what bones are made where, as this recall clearly demonstrates, but I’ve been feeding rawhide since the 1980s without issue, to a total of about 30 adult dogs. Main brand has always been Hartz, a Canadian company.

    The only risk I can see is possibly choking if the dog bites off a large piece, but my dogs have had serious choking incidents with “natural” RMBs, and never with rawhide. I buy a size larger than the recommended weight, but I do that with all bones, because anything that goes in their mouth can be a potential choking hazard.

  • Bully Pulpit

    Do a little googling.. see what they do to this stuff before they sell it to you for your pup to put in his mouth. These types of chews are toxic in many many ways.

  • HoundMusic

    Ack! I nearly bought the American Beefhide, but they were so stupidly expensive I settled on Hartz. This was only 2-3 days ago, and I’m pretty sure some of the recalled brands are still available on Amazon o_O

  • HoundMusic

    What is the problem with rawhide?

  • Milk Manson

    What toxin is found in all rawhide?

  • Lori Nelson

    There are only a handful of treats that I feed my dogs. I’ve already lost one dog due to rawhide, so I only give them rawhide free treats.

  • Bully Pulpit

    I can’t believe people still give their family members this rawhide crap. STOP giving this stuff!! ALL brands.

  • chacha711

    PS. Hope you n your pup are getting enough good protien in your diet!?

  • chacha711

    KOOL! My dog n I are both healthy FLEXATARIANS n Luv our FRUITS n VEGES, Kale n Sweet Potato, Taro Chips, Seaweed, Tofu/Okada, Pumpkin besides some good Wild Fish n Game now n then….soo yummy!!!

  • a canadian

    not if you’re vegan and feed a vegan dog diet..yep its doable..not for cats thou..

  • a canadian

    it was a joke Gabriel..! its a disaster as we speak..especially for animals with Pruitt as head of EPA πŸ™

  • John

    STOP buying ANYTHING not sourced in America or Canada. the Chinese are filthy pigs who poison their own people, and the vast majority of recalls, both human and animals, involve ingredients from China. Mexico runs a close second and that’s where this batch of poison came from.

  • Acroyali

    You feel a dog that chews is lacking in quality time with the owner and tell people to let their dogs chew on COOKED bones and that plastic nylabones are great but offering raw bones (which dogs have chewed on for thousands and thousands of years) is dangerous and you tell other posters you feel sorry for THEIR dogs?

  • Acroyali

    Yeah, my dogs like chewing because they’re dogs, not because they’re bored. Ridiculous assumption to assume a dog that enjoys chewing = neglected. Omar, have you ever shared your home with a young Labrador? “Chewing” doesn’t even describe it.

  • Crazy4cats

    What is Rawhide Anyway?
    Rawhide is just that: the inner soft hide or skin of an animal. It is most commonly made from cows but, technically, can be made from any cleft hoofed livestock. Yes, this means exactly what it sounds like. Depending on where it’s manufactured, the ingredients could include hide from cow, pig, sheep, horse or even water buffalo. The animal itself may not be cause for concern, but how, where and in what conditions the animal was raised can affect the overall quality (thinner and drier) and safety of the product.

    Above description taken from:

    https://www.caninejournal.com/rawhide-bones/

  • Carl Quist

    Just FYI Bully Sticks are dried meat. It’s not rawhide which is used to make belts, shoes, horse tack and more. Most rawhide chews are the scrapings of the hide when cleaning the hide of the animal then being compressed into shapes with flavor added to make it enticing. Just FYI, and bless you for brushing their teeth every day do you use the enzyme paste or?

  • Mike Beasley

    I stand corrected for hooves but the ears are skin and our veterinarians here say they are considered rawhide even though it made of cartilage its still covered in skin. πŸ™‚

  • haleycookie

    I don’t believe that. I’ve never brushed my girl’s teeth and she’s around 5-6 now and I give her bones, horns, nylabones, and bully’s and feed her a kibble and canned diet and she literally doesn’t have a flake of tarter or discoloration on a single tooth in her head and I strongly believe it’s because of her chewing on the things I give her. Her teeth and gums are in perfect health according to the vet.

  • Sue Compton

    That’s not quite true. Rawhide is just that- the HIDE, or skin. Cow ears are a form of rawhide but hooves are not and pizzles are not either.

  • Sue Compton

    Not all rawhide is “bad” for dogs. Bully sticks do nothing to help clean teeth, nor does rawhide, and very few chew treat do much of anything to clean teeth . Daily or every other day brushing is the best way to delay the need for real dental cleanings. But it must be started before any tartar forms and it MUST be done at LEAST every other day to be truly effective.

  • margie54

    Correct vet techs and vets in general will usually only see a problem pet, but I would not want to be that pet parent with an ill dog from chewing these. Pet parents who have problems seek vet care in these issues.

  • Patricia

    Thank you for the notice! We buy Digest-eeze and noticed lately the Girls were not crazy about them. In fact one was left totally uneaten and I threw it away.

  • Ray

    Made in the USA, sourced in the USA…
    https://www.earthanimal.com/p/no-hide-chicken-4-inch-chews/

  • ProudAmerican9

    All rawhide chews are bad for them. Best things for dogs are raw meaty bones or raw bones with even little or no meat on them. Organic bully sticks from grass fed beef that haven’t been irradiated or are also a good chewie. Our dogs don’t need dental cleanings by vet since being fed a raw meat and bones diet. The bones also satisfy their need to chew and crunch. Never give cooked bones.

  • XX

    That’s the only thing that happened to my boy. He threw up and had diarrhea for a few days. He’s fine now. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on them though, in case they need to see the vet.

    By the way, the bag I had was made in Brazil.

  • XX

    Fyi–This link says Kirkland dog food is made in China: https://www.facebook.com/notes/animal-parents-against-pet-treats-and-food-made-in-china/beware-brands-known-to-source-ingredients-from-china/237619832994309

    This link is to view the 479 complaints against Kirkland dog food for making dogs sick. https://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/kirkland_pet_food.html

    For me, I wouldn’t go by Dog Food Advisor’s ratings as a compass on what to feed my dog (or cats). They give 5 stars to “Taste of The Wild” which contains smoked salmon. Smoked foods are carcinogenic, and not good for dogs (or humans), especially when fed as a daily diet, yet it’s in all of their dog and cat food. Weruva, also on their “best” list, sneaks in as much tuna in their foods as they can possibly get away with. It’s a cheap filler in expensive food–excellent for maximizing their profits but not healthy to be consumed on a daily basis. They’ve had a terrible recall problem in Australia, and are handling the fall-out poorly.

    High ratings have also been given to certain other foods with questionable ingredients (the mysterious “natural flavor” in many of them) and other problems. There are signs posted in my local Petco, warning that the use of certain Wellness dog/cat food can cause lead exposure, yet it’s still on this website as one of the best canned foods to feed your dog/cat. I called Wellness and was told that the cans should be changed by the end of the year, so for the next 6 months, they’ll continue to sell dog/cat food in cans that contain enough lead that cautionary signs have to be posted!

    I do appreciate the heads-up on the recalls, but don’t agree on what they consider to be healthy dog/cat foods.

  • Dee Wamba

    I just saw the caution on the benebones those are just as scary. I’ll bake my treats

  • Melanie Beasley

    I agree, they are the only thing my Chow Chow enjoys chewing on. We buy Wholesome Hides large rolls and always supervise her while she chews them.

  • Alexandra Marsh

    You do realize that is not exactly a valid assumption. A vet tech only sees the problem cases, but not the millions of cases with no problems. Never had a problem with my dogs or any if my fosters in almost 20 years, nor have anyone I’ve known had an issue with bone splinters.

  • Donna Craig

    OK. Thanks

  • RedSun Michelle EagleHawk

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8cf25dae7b763243bd8f41681eab5d7989096401b29a85757afd4476dcd5573c.jpg It has gotten to the point if my dog does not like the smell she refuses to even taste them Smart Lab

  • Jessie

    We’ve completely stopped buying from PetSmart. They carry all these brands. This happens WAY too often (like once a year). Shop at one of your local places that only sells the non-processed rawhides, not treated with chemicals and not made by one of the big pet food manufacturers.

    The safe stores in our town are:
    Bark & Purr
    Tomlinson’s Feed

    Steer clear of PetSmart and all the big box places, they sell trash.

  • XX

    I recently bought some of the (Digest-eeze) for my dog. After chewing/eating just one, he vomited and had bad diarrhea for a few days afterward. I promptly returned them to the store, thinking that they just didn’t agree with him. Thank goodness he didn’t suffer anything worse. I can’t believe the makers of that garbage would knowingly/willingly put cleaning fluid anywhere near something that’s made to be eaten. There really should be jail time for the responsible parties (after they’re forced to eat cleaning fluid!).

    I recently started giving my small dog large, natural rawhide rolls that are made in the US. I’m not completely comfortable with that either, but he’s a serious chewer and needs something. They’re big enough so that he struggles with them till they’re chewed about a third of the way down and it becomes easier for him to hold on to. I throw them away when they’re chewed down 2/3 of the way or if they get get dirty. So far he has only been able to break off a couple of pieces which I threw away immediately. Fortunately, he had no interest in them and spit them out.

    I don’t want him ingesting nylon, so I won’t give him Nyla-Bones, he’s not interested in antlers because they’re too hard and not a satisfying chew (plus they break/wear down teeth). I don’t trust natural bones not to splinter or make him sick (plus I don’t want them in my bed!), and I don’t want to give him anything with a bunch of junk in it, i.e., salt, smoke flavoring, bacon, “natural” flavoring, garlic, artificial flavoring, sugar/molasses, etc. I also don’t trust plastic, rubber, or synthetic bones not to have chemicals in them. I do dehydrate sliced chicken breasts for him, but that’s more of a treat that he eats in a few minutes than something he can lay down and chew for a couple of hours, which is his favorite pastime.

    If anyone knows of something better on the market than what I’ve been giving him, I’d sure like a few ideas.

  • chacha711

    FYI, I found one of the best if not decent Canned WET FOOD/Topper I use a Tablespoonful+ Once daily Over my 3.5 yr old GSPointer ACANA Dry Kibble, its COSTCOs Kirkland brand NATURES DOMAIN/Red Can Turkey Peas & Carrots Stew (Non GMO, Grain Free) 24 cans/case net cost only 85 cents per can, I use 1 1/2 cans week or 6-7cans month, n it got a good/high rating on Dog Food Advisor!!!

  • Christine Daley

    No they don’t consume the raw beef marrow bone by Primal. It is a hard bone covered with meat and marrow in the middle. They chew off the meat and get that marrow!! Beef bone marrow contains calcium!! You are incorrect in saying no calcium!! LOL!!

  • ANI Support Group

    You need to do more research, or something, b4 giving out advice

  • ANI Support Group

    So they consume the whole bone? No they don’t, so no calcium here folks

  • ANI Support Group

    Great advice, just a heads up..remember to mention that is your dog has any yeast or pancreatitis, then sweet potato isn’t a good idea

  • ANI Support Group

    Yes coconut oil has many benefits as a topical, not so much internal, not every day.
    CO is just ONE of many natural treatment/healing foods. There’s nothing wrong with RMB’s, one just needs to be educated.

  • ANI Support Group

    You really need to stop feeding toxins, any processed food, full stop!. Opt for something natural , make them yourself, its not hard, give them a RMB, there’s so many healthier options. No need to feed rubbish.

    You should at least give them some healing natural supplements to get rid of the toxins and boost their immune.

  • ANI Support Group

    You really need to stop feeding toxins, any processed food, full stop!. Opt for something natural , make them yourself, give them a RMB, there’s so many healthier options. No need to feed rubbish.
    You should at least give them some healing natural supplements to get rid of the toxins and boost their immune.

  • ANI Support Group

    Haha. “Healthy Hide” . Who would have thought.
    ANY raw hide is toxic people, spread the word for our pets!

  • Sharon Cimino

    Just a heads up Janet, not only be sure they are made in the USA, but also that the ingredients are sourced in the US as well. Canada and Australia are also pretty concerned about the quality of their dog food products. As you know the print on the pkgs can be misleading. Pray your babies are doing fine.

  • Cindie Madore

    Love your post. From where I’m sitting right now I can count 14 Nylabones of various styles. I know there are more in the dogs’ crates, in the hall and bathroom. I only have 3 small dogs – ranging from 11 to 16 lbs. Every Tuesday, just before NCIS comes on I stuff 3 Kong cones and crate my dogs with each one. I get to watch NCIS in peace. Funny, I swear they all know when it’s Tuesday.

  • Mike Beasley

    Rawhide is anything from a cow. πŸ™‚

  • Laurie Rogers

    I will not buy anymore, I to didn’t realize they were not made in USA from now own i will make my on chews and dog food its just not safe, when i was coming up they was table scrapes for my dogs and they did just fine.

  • Janet

    You are correct about the masons. The masons did get mixed up in our government. However, you got 1 thing wrong but you also got 1 thing right. We Americans believe in the greatness of our country. And whether you do or not is inconsequential. Rightly so God is Great and he gave us favor for we founded our country on his principals. We are going to be great again because you can’t take the American out of us Americans! We work hard at being the best!

  • Gabriel

    American was never “great”. It was formed and is run by a bunch of luciferian unfreemason. Do your research! Only the Triune God is great!

  • Janet

    just watch them hon. That’s what I am gonna do because my babies ate 3 digesteeze too and it was a recall bag I checked the numbers.

  • Janet

    oh ok I buy Jif

  • Janet

    oh my. I have celiac. I read labels and I never knew that . But I knew xylitol will kill dogs and I won’t let people visiting even put it in their coffee.

  • Janet

    the digesteeze I gave my pups was supposed to be easily digestable. I wouldn’t do one rthing ever to hurt my tribe. But my goodness this brand is on recall. Never again will I give anything like this to them.

  • Janet

    Oh my God I have the Digesteeze package here in my hand with 3 of the rawhide rolls missing. That means I have poisoned my dogs. Ok I am calming down now. The lot numbers and everything match exactly up with the dates and everything so this bag is a recall item. I have 4 dogs and 3 are sleeping with Daddy right now and the other one is with me. I hope it only causes the nausea and vomiting like it said. I am going to watch them like a hawk. I will report this to all it is intended to.

  • Jeff McCrea

    In Florida 30 years ago, there was a non-alcohol grain brew similar to beer that was sold in grocery stores. It was made in Columbia. It was removed from the store shelves after many years of “safe” sales when people started to overdose on cocaine. The drug lords tried to smuggle their poison up here in the bottles and the shipments got mixed up. I’d never seen it on the shelves again after that.

  • amy kaufman

    My dogs love vegetables as treats and there’s never been a recall on my garden!

  • ron

    Are bully slices from U.S. ok? Our dog loves the knee caps which are not manufactured and are real bones.

  • Alexandra Marsh

    Actually, it is American Company, but manufactured in their Mexican plant.

  • Dennis Jackson

    My Yorkies love dehydrated sweet potatoes. By mistake I left one batch in to long. It was like a rock. I gave each dog one and was I ever surprised, they each went to there space and chewed on them like crazy. It took quite awhile before they were finished. Now I have some semi soft for those that are older Yorkies and have just a few teeth. I now make a hard batch for treats. My vet asked me what was I doing for their teeth. She was so surprised, the dogs teeth were white as can be. That saves a lot of money. I dehydrate veggies and fruit and I also do beef jerky. Just make sure you check which fruit and veggies are not safe.

  • Judy Alexander

    I do the same thing.

  • Judy Alexander

    Only the “Natural” peanut butters

  • Judy Alexander

    I make my dogs their treats so I don’t have to worry about things like this.

  • Christine Daley

    Hello chacha!! I feed Orijen kibble. Best biologically appropriate kibble on the market. But I am also a raw feeder as dry kibble alone is not the best!! Do animals in the wild cook their food?? Think about it! But one must be a responsible raw feeder. I use Primal and Stella and chewys raw to supplement orijen kibble diet 50%. My pups 3 yellow labs are so healthy it’s fantastic!! Perfect blood work and beautiful skin and coat!! High energy and just great!! They love Primal and Stella and chewys raw!! Both companies use HPP processing on their poultry!!!

  • Dan

    My dog will not eat any treat other Good N fun Kabobs. She loves them.

  • ParallaxView

    Schnauzer Ringo is a chewer, too. Thank you for the info. http://www.benebone.com/Safety-FAQ

  • margie54

    Yes that is true thank you for reminding me

  • Donna Craig

    Are cow ears considered raw hide?

  • Dan O’Connell

    Benebone already has the flavoring done…lasts forever…my dog loves them! They are either on Amazon or at you local Target in the pet food aisle. Made in the USA. My dog wouldn’t touch a Nylabone and I refused to ever give her a natural chew for safety reasons. Companies have become very sneaky in their labeling and processing to avoid the import disclosure…usually made in China. Many continue to “source” the ingredients from there…beware. Even reading a label is no guarantee. I’ve spent an entire career using trace/recall in the food industry and seen shameful behavior by well known US brands too.

  • a canadian

    make america great again..

  • Dan O’Connell

    Interesting posts concerning dog chews. My dog is a voracious chewer (Wheaten Terrier) and has never had a natural chew for my safety concerns. She would not touch a Nylabone but she absolutely loves Benebones sold on Amazon or easier yet…Target carries them. They last a long time and only small slivers are separated and usually consumed…but easily passes so it seems. They do get sharp chards but don’t seem to bother the dog or cause injuries. Just sharing…I share all of your concerns and will never give my dog a natural chew of any kind…no beef jerky either!

  • Elizabeth A. Getting-Mullens

    Rawhide no good!!!! I had a friend her dog choked on the crap. Died. It’s sticky when they chew it. Steer clear of rawhide. Don’t ever give rawhide your looking for problems. Don’t you ever see your dog gag on it???? Be smart!!!!

  • Elizabeth A. Getting-Mullens

    Careful of peanut butter folks there is Xylitol in some peanut butter. Deadly to dogs.

  • chacha711

    Have you read or know of nationally, Illinoian well-known DVM Karen Becker’s books/works as for Healthy, Natural Foods for Dogs n Cats?! Great Read with alot of good-stuff for your dogs n cats!!!

  • Elizabeth A. Getting-Mullens

    Unreal.

  • susan williams

    I am sorry but I disagree with you. Raw hide is difficult to digest and it makes more than the occasional dog sick. I believe this rawhide that is being recalled is a USA product.

  • chacha711

    RAW Chicken, or Turkey NeckBones are OK Fine!

  • Jo Jo Beans

    That’s just wonderful. My 3 dogs literally finished a big bag of digest-eeze 2 days ago. No way am I going to go rooting around in the garbage outside for the damn bag. My 10 month old boxer mix puppy was throwing up yesterday after finishing off the last bone. Can’t trust products made in China and now you can’t trust Mexico or Brazil. It would be nice if America could make some things again.

  • chacha711

    USA Dry Sheep, Goat, n or Pig EARS are best!!!

  • chacha711

    Curious, why do several vets n pro dog people say its good and safe/OK to give your dog Fresh U cooked RAW Chicken n or Turkey Necks? Best Highly-Rated Healthy. Clean DRY KIBBLE high is all MEAT n or FISH 60-70% protein, NO GMO or GRAINS, COLORINGS, Fresh Fruits n Veges, is Orijen n or ACANA from a small-medium size family-held/private Canadian n Kentucky Mfg Plants that only mfg dry kibble’ doesnt co-pack/private label for anyone n has NEVER had a RECALL! Upon request, they will send you a FREE SAMPLES assortment of their product-samples with excellent customer service thru their 800 tele-line thru their ACANA Canada HQs! PetfoodExpress and smaller to medium size Pet Food Retailers and several on-line retailers ie Chewy, Jet.com etc carry their line!!! Also recommended by top Vets I give our GSPointer a good-human grade (test it by placing gel-tab in freezer for 20-30 mins N check for its CLEAR/See-Thru viscosity, if it clouds-up its of poor/low grade thus unshould return/exchange it to retail store) Fish Oil Tab 1 daily dipped in Almond Butter as a treat!

  • chacha711

    CoConut Oil is great for both pets n human mouth-teeth n gum health, I use a large heaping tablespoon to swoosh- gargle in your closed mouth for 10 mins 3-4 x week, also good in cooking n stir-fry!

  • Omar Stone

    if you ever notice foul smells or not normal gums or teeth use coconut oil instead of water when brushing as it has many healing properties but most of all is highly Antifungal.

  • Omar Stone

    I think he may be as he would often say in his sermons just like my relative says at his job “Your in Good Hands” or maybe just coincidental. I have not seen him in over 10 years so if he is still with us he’d be over 100 now. Anyway we are off topic here so thanks for the memories of a good man.

  • Omar Stone

    Absolutely Not! I feel sorry for your dog.

  • Omar Stone

    No you can Whiten with Extreme Boiling but than it is not only a possible Bowel Blocker but also Carcinogenic too. Avoid Skin Based Chews at all costs or get ready for some serious pain for Fido and serious vet bills for you, is it worth it and do you love your pet or it it just a fixture for your pleasure if so please get a stuffed animal instead Dogs have feelings too but cant tell you its stomach aches. Petroleum Chews and Rawhide are not good but the Petroleum chew will not kill your dog in immense pain so in my opinion it is the lessor of two evils, best thing for your dog is lots of quality play time and if you can not find the time then show your Love and find it someone that can, a chewing dog is a bored dog!

  • Omar Stone

    Mine have a 5 acre fenced play area and I treat them as my Children and play with them often each and every day and I love them and would never give them poison or Rawhide but if I did poison would be a quicker and less painful death than that of Rawhide. I feel sorry for Dog owned by Ignorant folk, if you can not spend time with them and give them health diets and play things including chews than you do not deserve them. When with the ASPCA we often impounded Dogs to keep them safe from Dumb Humans.

  • Mary Reimers

    Wish I could verify one way or the other but since all of my husbands relatives who might know are long gone no way to tell. Years ago the Insurance commercials were done by a Ed Reimers ” you’re in good hands with Allstate” we used to joke and call him Uncle Ed although I am sure he was not related . I see by other posts you have a service dog , I am sure he/she is a wonderful friend to you. Being in pet rescue I love to see people relate tales of their pets . It means more pets are in good homes.

  • Omar Stone

    Ignorance is not helping your or others dogs either. I speak from over 35 years in the Pet Health Field and as a ASPCA Cruelty Investigator what is your expertise?

  • Omar Stone

    First off I speak as a Vet Tech and ASPCA Officer with over 35 years in the field. You are entitled to your opinions but I feel sorry for your Dog, I bet its tummy hurts! Nylon chips pass harmlessly through to digestive tract while Rawhide does not, yes Nylon is Petroleum Based but most Dog Toys are, while Rawhide is Natural in most dog chews it is treated with chemicals but even natural rawhide is nondigestible to pets, they have a very short digestive tract and lack appropriate enzymes and stomach acid to break down rawhide, in vet school we did autopsies and often found loads of undigested rawhide stuck in dogs guts, might as well give them some arsic to chew on at least that would be quicker to the end than having a life of burning stomach pain ending in a horrible and most painful death. A sign of Stuck Rawhide is when Fido gets down on front legs only and has its back leg still standing, some say “oh isn’t that Cute” but I say your Dog is Impacted and will need surgery or put down. Rawhide and Skin based chews are inhumane and a most Cruel Treat to give any dog, why not eat some yourself if you feel it is so safe?, our stomach acid is stronger than that of a dog but that Rawhide will kill us too and just as painfully. Ignorance is not Bliss!

  • Kela Baker

    I totally agree!

  • Kela Baker

    Lets just put em all in a padded room or keep them on a leash in hand at all times. Don’t let your pet run either. They could pull a muscle or trip and fall. Never play fetch or ball. Many dogs have required vet attention from playing with toys and sticks too. You cant take your furry family member in any vehicle without a properly fitted seatbelt also. This would be intentional endangering by chance there might be an accident and require vet care.
    Just because it’s different doesn’t mean its wrong people.
    My biggest advice for any animal guardian is to listen to your pet over and beyond everyone else. You know them better than anyone. Both parties should be happy and as safe as possible in doing so.

  • Omar Stone

    He was German and was my Pastor as a boy in Winters CA. Last time I saw him he was around 90 and in a Retirement home called The Manor in Medford Oregon and his wife was named Mary and you are the only other Reimers I have ever encountered. Have a nice day Mary..

  • Christine Daley

    I like the primal raw beef marrow bones. They don’t splinter and they do not swallow any piece. They just chew the meat off and get the marrow out of the middle of the bone. Not a fan of bones that splinter as I agree not the best for the dogs stomach ingesting pieces of sharp bone or large pieces of rawhide!

  • Loboe Rex

    Real bones then. Large ones that must be chewed on and not swallowed. Sturdy ones that the dog can not splinter and break into large pieces. Bully sticks are also great. Even the stinky ones. You can also try simmering the Nylabone types in beef or chicken broth. They pick up the odor and become more attractive.

  • margie54

    Yes I also use coconut oil on their toothbrush and I also found that they love to chew healthy treats with coconut oil

  • margie54

    Totally agreed from Animal Rescuer her whole life and family members vet tech

  • margie54

    Can lead to emergency abdominal surgery sometimes only option is to put the animal to sleep it happens more than people realize

  • Omar Stone

    Wish I had more time to reply to all your Questions but I’ve a Service Dog Advocacy to run. It is the Opinion of this retired ASPCA Officer and Vet Tech with over 35 years of serving Dogs Cats and their Humans that no matter what anybody tells you, Rawhide, Bully Sticks, Raw and or Cooked Bones and all Skin Based Products can lead to Stomach upset, Bowel Obstruction and Torn Anus if not Death and if you love your pet or Service Dog stay far away from these Hazardous Products or your pet will suffer and so will your finances. I recomend Kong Products and Nylabone and if your loved one don’t want it coat it with peanut butter, bacon grease, coconut oil or even wet pet food to stimulate interest and once interested you can ditch the coating or not but not too much peanut butter as too much can cause Hot Spots from all its protein, I use Coconut Oil and it is also Antifungal and makes a great dog toothpaste for those who brush their pets teeth. FYI: Coconut oil is a great Ringworm Cure and works good on the Humans Athlete Feet and Jock Itch too.

  • margie54

    Rawhide is not safe and it does in many cases cause abdominal emergency surgery to save the pets life I am a lifelong animal rescue person my mother was a lifelong animal rescue person and family members are vet tech

  • margie54

    I have seen it with rescue.dogs many times and often they were put to sleep to just put them out of their abdominal misery also have family member who’s been a vet tech will testify too many emergency surgeries because of this issue they are not in the pets best interest and they should not be sold

  • Kaylee Kumle

    Yes believe it is still being used, they need to preserve it somehow..

  • margie54

    This person who’s been in animal rescue her whole life and her mother was in it her whole life and a family member has been a vet tech totally agrees

  • Mike

    To tell people nylabones coated in peanut butter is safer than rawhide is ludicrous! People simply need to be cautious when introducing any treat or chew to their pet. What works for one pet and owner may not for another.

  • margie54

    Agreed…I just use finger brush on my Yorkie rescue my two German Shepherds I use Doggie toothbrush and water

  • margie54

    Totally agree!

  • margie54

    Correct they are not safe

  • margie54

    Correct by the way note the word up above fatal…

  • margie54

    I do not do it I will say it is risky but everybody needs to make the right decision but just be prepared that it could be a large vet bill at some point in your furbabies life.

  • Mike

    Really? Why would anyone ask that Omar? We are all here to monitor recalls of products we may be giving our dogs because we care for them! Your rhetorical question offers no help to the cause!

  • Omar Stone

    I like Kong Products, my Service Dog is a heavy chewers as her line of work can be very boring for a dog and at first she wanted nothing to do with her Kong Toys but when I coat them with peanut butter or Coconut Oil she goes nuts on them and now she loves her Kong Bones and Kong Frisbee just plain without peanut butter or whatever and has been gnawing on them for many years now and they can handle even the most aggressive chewers but it is the opinion of this trained Vet Tech and ASPCA Officer that All Bones and Hide Based Chews be avoided at all cost unless you like your pet to suffer and like paying Vet Bills. Sorry about the sarcasm but when you’ve removed as many Bones and Chews from Pet Guts and Anuses that I have you’d be as passionate as I am about having such a bad product removed from the market, would you give your pet so poison to chew on? iI think Not but these Chews are nothing short of poison for your pets and many crooked vets will recommend you give them to your pet as it is job security for them. Word of advise if your Vet or MD drives a better car or lives in a better house than yours time for a non greedy Vet and/or MD!

  • margie54

    I agree with the ASPCA officer 100% I have seen and heard of surgery and it is not pleasant sometimes the animal dies and the surgery can be very expensive even without being an emergency surgery veterinarian

  • margie54

    Correct even cook bones and knuckle bones can be dangerous I don’t take the risk I have been an animal rescue my whole life and my pets are my family members

  • margie54

    Correct ty 4 clairifying.

  • margie54

    Family member has been vet tech seems like most bones are very dangerous she has attended many emergency surgery because of them chewing a bone and not just chicken bones even beef bones sometimes the animals died

  • Mike

    Thank you for your rational and informative comments concerning rawhide.

  • margie54

    A family member of mine has been a vet tech and they said this is correct many dogs have throat problems from the chemicals used to dry the Rawhide and process it also stomach and intestinal severe surgery needed life threatening and I have never given my dog’s Rawhide or bones just could not afford a horrific vet bill and it does happen even loss of beloved pet.

  • jefb

    Jeepers, thank you

  • haleycookie

    That last statement is rediculous. Not everyone can spend 24/7 with their dogs. Most ppl have a job and need sleep. And even after hour long walks and hours of play my dog still loves sitting down next to me at the end of the night and chewing on something tasty like a raw bone, bully stick, or nylabone and it’s not because she’s bored.

  • Antlers can and do split. Don’t know about horns

  • margie54

    My daughter was a vet tech and this is correct many choose including Rawhide are very dangerous in their stomach throat and intestines sometimes needing immediate surgery or they die a horrible death

  • margie54

    Thank you for these options I also have use Kong toys calm for dogs that like to chew and have always raised my doggies chewing baby carrots usually while I’m chewing some myself sometimes even Apple

  • margie54

    Wonderful advice thank you for sharing glad people are thinking of healthy options

  • Omar Stone

    If you want to chance your dogs health by feeding bone use only Steamed Beef Bones as raw bones especially poultry bones can tear the gut and anus. I am not only a retired ASPCA Officer but have a Vet Med Degree from UC Davis so I speak from over 35 years of Animal Care.

  • Kaylee Kumle

    No don’t assume, you can simply look it up. If you got the beef no hides ingredients are: beef, beef gelatin, brown rice flour, organic eggs, olive oil, banana and pineapple. Also bones are just fine if they are raw. Only cooked bones cause issues!

  • Alexandra Marsh

    Bones for dogs should not be cooked. It is actually cooking that can make them brittle and more likely to splinter.

  • Alexandra Marsh

    Very few dogs have issues with raw hide and bones as you suggest. Usually, dogs that have issues are not used to raw, or a premium diet, or they are given high fat bones.

    I have been in rescue for almost 20 years, fostered a lot of dogs, and o ly had one who could not eat rawhide, and none who could not have raw bones.
    After eight years of raw feeding, my vet admitted it did not seem to be a problem.

    Each dog is an individual so monitor what works for that dog. Just remember….Mist gastrointestinal issues come from cha ges in diet too quickly. A dog on a good, premium diet can easily accept new things and changes without an issue. Dogs in a lower diet cannot change quickly. It will make them sick at first and likely diarrhea.

  • Christine Daley

    You are probably right. I use in moderation like one or 2 a month but guess I have to rethink this. Primal raw beef marrow bone once a week is the best way to go!! Thanks!!

  • Pitlove

    Omar-

    As an RVT student who has seen jaw fractures from periodontal disease, the least of my concerns is pet toothpaste. Brushing your pets teeth is the BEST way to prevent periodontal disease. So is routine dentals at the vet.

  • Omar Stone

    This ASPCA Officer recommends None!

  • Omar Stone

    Your Dogs Teeth are able to chip away at the bone, however cooked bone will digest whereas raw bone will not but I find even cooked bone chips can be impacted into the anus so do your dog a favor and ditch the bones. Unrelated but an Old Preacher I knew from Winters California was named John and his wife was named Mary Reimers, any relation?

  • Alexandra Marsh

    Raw beef neck bones.

  • Alexandra Marsh

    Real bones should be given raw, not cooked. It sounds like you are referring to high-fat bones, like shank bones. Shank bones can be used, but remove all the fat in the middle first.

    Besides poultry necks and backs, my favorite bones for the dogs are raw beef neck bones. The shape makes it difficult for them to bite down hard enough to fracture teeth. It keeps them busy and happy long after the meat is gone. If you are not a raw feeder, they can be cooked very slow on very low heat only.

  • Omar Stone

    This ASPCA Officer totally agrees with you.

  • Omar Stone

    They do not digest when swallowed and can lead to life long stomach pain or even death.

  • Omar Stone

    Bleached or Natural Rawhide = Pain and Death is that what you want for your dog?

  • Omar Stone

    so what is no hide made from? bone perhaps? just as bad.

  • Cheryl Nyman Rose

    What makes Nylabones safe? I am trying to figure all this out because my dogs enjoy chewing. I noticed the nylabones at Walmart are made in China but Bed, Bath and Beyond’s say made in USA. I don’t trust anything made in China.

  • Alexandra Marsh

    As a long time dog owner, rescue director and foster mom, very few dogs have an issue digesting rawhide. The ones that do can have serious issues, occasionally as far as needing surgery for removal, but the majority have no problem.

    With that said, never buy any rawhide made or processed outside the USA. Must read labels very carefully as they know we are checking and get creative in the wording.

  • Omar Stone

    No but even all natural and organic do not digest and can cause stomach pain or even be fatal when swallowed.

  • Omar Stone

    Does not Digest if Swallowed and can cause life long stomach pain and possibly lead to a fatal bowel obstruction. Bully Sticks are Bull Penis and can cause Hormonal imbalances from the Testosterone they contain. Stay away and stay safe.

  • judithkay41

    My holistic vet recommends knuckle bones, Mary.

  • judithkay41

    Knuckle bones is what my holistic vet recommends. They don’t chip and cause choking hazards.

  • Omar Stone

    I had to have one surgically removed from one of my Service Dog before I got Hip to this Menace. Rawhide and skin based chews are no better than Poison and should be banned for use for Dogs and Cats.

  • Omar Stone

    This ASPCA Officer totally agrees with you, Thank You!

  • Omar Stone

    Even though they Claim Pet Toothpaste is Safe it is not is the opinion of this ASPCA Officer, if you choose to brush Fido’s teeth use only plain water and never use pet or people toothpaste, I myself do not brush my Service Dogs Teeth but do inspect teeth and gums often for signs of any problems.. The only exception to this rule is if you only feed wet food then a brushing after the last meal of the day is a good practice of make the last meal dry food and problem solved.

  • Omar Stone

    You Go Girl, Great Info but never never no matter if natural or not never give Skin (Hide) Based Chews to your Dog or Cat unless you want to have them suffer from a life long tummy ache or worse. Rawhide should be banned for pet use.

  • Omar Stone

    Rawhide is no better than Arsenic they both can kill your dog is the opinion of this retired ASPCA Officer and if Fido does not die he or she will have Gut Pain for life, is that what you want for your Dog? Rawhide and Skin Based Chews are Cruel to give your pet.

  • Chartbury

    Our breeder recommended using a Kong chew (e.g. the wobbler) that you can stuff with healthy treats to satisfy our pup’s chewing needs. Never had a problem, tough unbreakable rubber that they have to squeeze to get the treat out. Told us never to buy rawhide. Good advice. My aunt also trained her pups to chew raw carrots, the big carrots safely satisfy her dogs chewing needs. Instead of rawhide, try carrots or a Kong.

  • RAYMOM

    What would you recommend? Thanks.

  • Omar Stone

    Coat Nylabones with peanut butter or wet food to stimulate interest, nylon chips will pass harmlessly through the gut but rawhide bully sticks pig ears etc. will not digest and can cause fatal bowel obstructions.

  • Mary Reimers

    Very true Omar but the soup bones I am thinking of are huge . I think may be called a ” knuckle bone” There are no small pieces to chip off and once cooked are even harder . Some people use smaller bones for soup,but guess I am from the old school when you could go to a butcher and ask for the soup bones which at that time they usually threw away, often still with lots of meat on them. of course now instead of free can be quite expensive per pound and usually are a couple pounds each.

  • Omar Stone

    Antlers are bad as they contain Testosterone and do not breakdown in the Gut and can cause Gas, Cramping and often if fed to much Fatal Bowel Obstruction.

  • Omar Stone

    When you consider the Alternative Bully Sticks Rawhide etc. you are far better with Quality Synthetic Chews, if your dog is a chewer then you are not spending enough quality time with them, they chew when they are bored.

  • Omar Stone

    Bully Sticks are just as bad as Rawhide and because they are made from bull penis they may contain trace to excess amounts of Testosterone they can cause Hormonal Imbalances and have adverse health reactions in some Dogs so best not to use either is the opinion of this retired ASPCA Officer.

  • Omar Stone

    Only if Steamed other wise small bone chips will not breakdown in the gut and can cause tearing of the Gut and Anus.

  • Omar Stone

    You can try putting peanut butter or wet dog food on synthetic bones to get them interested in them. Real Bones and Rawhide do not digest and can be fatal if swallowed.

  • Omar Stone

    Real Bones unless steamed can cause gas and bowel obstruction and long term gut pain. In the opinion of this retired ASPCA Officer you should not give Dogs or Cats Real Bones, Rawhide Chews, Bully Sticks, Pig Ears and or any ground rawhide or bone products. Would you like to have a tummy ache all your life?

  • Cindy Jewett

    My advice is to invest in a food dehyrater. You can make your own chews. We dehyrater only dog friendly organic vegetables and of course meats. It usually takes 24 hours to make a bag. Just remembered that you need to keep in a sealed container to avoid mold.

  • Omar Stone

    As a retired ASPCA Officer I would advise everyone not to give Dogs Rawhide chew because if the dog swallows the chew it will remain in the gut undigested until there are so many in the gut over time the dog will die of malnutrition and/or Obstructive Bowel. Giving Rawhide Chews is Cruel to your dog and at minimum will cause ongoing Gut Pain and very possibly end in death in the long run. Rawhide Chews should be Banned.

  • ron

    Are bully slices from U.S. ok? Our dog loves the knee caps which are not manufactured and are real bones.

  • Mary Reimers

    How about a big beef soup bone? They are very big and it is almost impossible for any dog to break pieces off that could harm them. You might be able to find them at a butcher shop . I get them with a bit of meat, cook them up and remove the meat to add to their regular food, or make a pot of soup. then give them the bone. They will happily chew on it for weeks and a bonus is the marrow in the center which all dogs love

  • Debbie Kemp

    I give my dogs real bones. Or horns, antlers. anything natural it also helps clean the teeter off their teeth

  • Jennifer Frank

    Yeah, mine won’t touch Nylabones. That’s what I was calling synthetic. Not sure if that’s an accurate term.

  • Christine Daley

    American made chemical and preservative free bully sticks are a much better alternative in moderation. Barkworthies sells a 6 or 12 inch made from USA beef odor free, chemical and preservative free. They make quite a few some being made in Brazil. USA is the preference!! Again monitor dog when chewing on anything!! Bully sticks are much more digestible than raw hide!! Never use rawhide and again bully stick in moderation.!!

  • Lynne Nappi

    No I don’t, but they are made by Merial–the same company that makes Heartgard, Nexgard, Frontline, etc.

  • Mike

    No synthetics..please ask your vet for the love of your pet!!!

  • Mike

    Do you know what chemicals are used to r produce Ora-Vet chews? Or where they source their ingredients?

  • Lynne Nappi

    I have used Nylabones, Gummy bones and antlers in the past. BUT I had to stop the antlers because my girl was wearing her teeth done to much–something else to consider. So today she doesn’t get anything to chew on but she is still happy.

  • Mike

    My advice is to ask your vet or search for a US company who produces rawhide using natural safe methods using US sourced ingredients. Keep a close eye on your pet. Don’t let these folks scare you…most of them keep their pets in a bubble! Do your own research or ask your vet.

  • Lynne Nappi

    Not after “every” meal since mine get three smalls meals a day–but a couple of times a week. I also give them daily-OraVet dental chews. Based on weight and they work wonders.

  • Mike

    So the only way they can be whitened is with bleach or embalming fluid???

  • Jennifer Frank

    Then what should you give them to chew on? My dogs enjoying chewing on them. They will not touch a synthetic bone or a chew toy. Suggestions??

  • Kaylee Kumle

    Yes that’s is why they are white. Earth Animal makes a treat called no hides if you want a safe alternative to rawhides.

  • Lynne Nappi

    Why do you think they are white in color πŸ™‚ and I do not know if formaldehyde is still being used today–probably in some places.

  • Mike

    Are all rawhide products processed and bleached?

  • Lynne Nappi

    See….even if you are there–tragedy can happen in the blink of an eye.

  • Lynne Nappi

    #1–processing–as you just read. They can say “USA”, but are usually sent off for further processing AND packaging. Secondly–on two occasions a piece of rawhide got stuck in my dogs’ throat. She had enough sense to come to me for help. After the second time I said “no more”. Thirdly, if the dogs bite off a big chunk and swallow it whole, it can swell in the intestines/stomach or just plain get lodged and now you are looking at more problems. And fourthly–but low on the list–they can be very possessive of rawhide chews. If any one still thinks they are OK–my advise would be to find out where and how they are processed and if you still feel OK giving them to your babies–never, ever leave them alone it them.

  • Kaylee Kumle

    It’s not digestible, meaning if your dog gets a whole chunk off it needs to be surgically removed from the stomach/intestines. Also it’s processed and bleached which is horrible!

  • Mike

    Do y’all brush your pets teeth after each meal? Just curious..

  • afmeincke

    All of these rawhide products are dangerous to dogs. They should not be on the market.

  • Cindie Madore

    I will never give my dogs rawhide chews. A friend’s young Jack Russell chocked to death on a piece of one right in front of her.

  • jefb

    Why?

  • jefb

    Oh, Ididn’t know this. Why is rawhide not any good?

  • Lynne Nappi

    I think they should be “outlawed”–too dangerous in more ways than just processing. I quit buying them years ago. There are plenty of other products on the market that are much safer and will satisfy doggy’s penchant for chewing.

  • Sherry Haning

    Rawhide should be taken off the market period! Should not be given to dogs at all!

  • miranda

    Agreed

  • Ranger Horse

    You shouldn’t be giving your dog rawhides.