Rawhide Bones?

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I was just curious to see how many of you give your dobes rawhide bones?  Gauge will go through about 1 a day if we let him. Honestly, I'd rather let him chew through one of those than a shoe, his bed (which is GONE now.  LOL) etc. 

I just didn't know if it would be hurting him to let him have a bone that often.  I would assume it's better than something that could hurt him (plastic, etc) but I was just curious.  Thanks!

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There are pros and cons on this Tans0077 Some rawhides are treated with bleach.don't want to use those. Some are all natural. I don't like the way they get soggy and slippery and am always fearful of them being swallowed and getting stuck somewhere. Not sure if they digest well.. Hoping your question gets more input. ... 

and BTW~~~ hello and welcome to the forum.. you got here while I was gone and I never got a chance to say Hola

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Dear Gauge

MY new Mom read me your story and I think you will find out ( just like I did) that rules aren't really all that bad... ) Once you get used to them, things get a lot easier and happier all around

Take good care of your new Mom.. She is counting on you and after all.. that's why we're here you know.

Run til your  heart's content in your five acres ( not sure what an acre is either... but it sounds awesome) that will tire you out enough to relax and learn the ropes so to speak.

I look forward to hearing more adventures and am so glad you and your people have joined this Forum. There are some truly special folks here and I think you'll like it

Air Kisses and nose bumps

Resident Diva Sofia

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Thanks Lady Kate!  We don't buy the white white ones for that reason alone.  We also don't give them to him if we're not around. i.e. he doesn't get one in his cage when we leave. 

Thanks for the welcome, and Sofia is gorgeous!!  We're on the list for a red pup from a breeder, hopefully next spring! (if ironing out Gauge's quirks and getting him some manners doesn't kill us first LOL)

 

PS. Gauge says to tell Sofia thank you and he'll be able to run those acres (whatever they are) when he calms down enough to be off leash.  For now, he'll walk his people all over them though, and that's good enough for now.  :)

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On a serious note.. it took a good six months before Sofia felt at home with us after she was rescued. (That seems to be the norm.) Good luck and bless you for rescuing  Gauge. He is really a good looking DoberDude

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Hi-

The lady at the feed store told me to never give them any kind of rawhide, pig ear, or natural bone consectutive days in a row. If you give him one on Monday - You shouldnt give him another until Wednesday or Thursday.

It can mess with their digestive system!

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Hmm Thanks Mandy... I need to pick Sofia's up then.. she makes one last up to a week.

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I don't feed rawhide because my grandma's dog was eating one and ended up haveing to get surgury because it caused blockage, they had to remove a peice that he had swallowed dry and it swelled up in his intestine. I give Skye soup bones from the local butcher.

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Katie- I don't know that if she keeps hers and eats hers slowly that you really need to. I will ask the lady tomorrow on my food run :).

I just figured it was for Hoovers like my kid who can get rid of one in a day.... :)

Raven's can last a bit longer- but once cisco is done with his- he wants her and I have to hide hers til he is away from her and then I give it back to her...

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I just don't like the look and feel of rawhide(not that I eat it)so I stay away from it.I occasionally give pig ears and bully sticks though,but I watch over them with the bully sticks and take them away when they get too small.I just don't want to risk having a choking accident.The pig ears last about 1 minute usually but at least they chew it down before swallowing the last bite.

My Zoe is funny though,she knows when the bully stick gets small enough that it fits all the way into her mouth I'm going to take it, so she tries to sneak away with it.

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Thanks for the input.  We've been buying the non-bleached compressed rawhide bones, which seem to last longer than their knotted counterparts.  He usually takes 2-3 days to go through one of those.  He's in a chewing phase right now though, so I'm trying to find something that will satisfy without damaging my furniture. 

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Rawhide has always made my dogs sick. Ziva and the little guys all get sick when they try to eat rawhide, (and I personally find it disgusting when they get all cruddy and slimy.) They chew on them for hours, then puke.  So I avoid the inevitable mess and just dont buy rawhides.  I give them pig ears and those rolled pigskin things, and they love them but they dont last very long.  Femur bones last Ziva a long time, because she spends days on end burying them in the yard, and as soon as she thinks I am getting too close to her treasure while mowing the yard, and MIGHT actually find it, she goes and digs it up and burys it some place else.  She doesnt dig a hole, but puts it close to leaves or under the pine tree where there are lots of pine needles on the ground and takes her nose and covers the bone up.  When she finally gets tired of moving it around and watching me hose the dirt off of it with the water hose, she'll settle down to chew on it for a day or so, but I throw away the last piece when it gets small enough for her to possibly swallow....I dont want to deal with an obstruction.

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Obstructions are a real problem with many items that are sold for dogs to chew.  That's great you watch Gauge eating the rawhide.  My dogs really love the "Pork Chomps" or "Dingos" that are similar in design to a rawhide but made out of pig skin.  I have a few littering the floor at my feet right now.  They are made from skin so their body can easily digest them and you don't have to worry when they swallow the inevitable chunk.

I love Ziva and the bones, my moms dog hides all the kongs when he comes to my house and I spend a week trying to find them.  It's funny.

I buy a ton of the large femur bones, the knuckle bones, and other naturally dried and smoked bones at Pet Food Express for Steve.  They last him only a few hours but he'll settle down and work on them here and there throughout the week and I throw out any chunks they manage to keep off.

A very good chew toy for when you're not home is a kong with frozen kibble/wet food.  I try and always kennel my dogs, especially the young ones, with something fun and snacking for them.

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My last boy Jake broke one of his canine teeth on a large femur bone when he was young.(no more than 3-4)Since then I won't let my dogs go near them.

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I admit my gals and guy love rawhide but they get them sparingly and only when I can watch them closely.  If I happen to get pig ears they only get one, any more than that and they get the runnies and that is no fun to clean up in the yard :o/ They also only last a short 5 -10 minutes at the most around here..

I still give Jewel and Jax rawhide and when the chew gets to a point, I'll trash it but they don't go at them like they used to since I started giving them "Beef Back Rib Bones". I'll buy a rack at the grocery store, cut into indiviual ribs and freeze in indiviual zip lock bags. I do give them frozen and raw ( I'm not trying to convert anyone, there isn't very much meat on the rib so it's more of a snack/chew toy...it's gotta be better than rawhide) when they'er outside and in short order all the eeewwwy stuff is gone and they will be allowed to bring in their bone. So far they have not totally destroyed one yet. I find that they'er very hard, the dogs LOVE them more than rawhide and a rack of ribs will last for 2 weeks. As time goes by I throw the older ones away and let them keep their newer ones.

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I dont feed rawhides. Only Pork Chomps. He gets sick or choked off everything else!

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I go with bully sticks(large), raw beef bones, buffalo knee tendons and buffalo tracheas on rotation. I stopped with pig ears after she had the runs once(I suspect it contained some bad bacteria). I dunno if it does anything but I usually freeze the bullys for a day and let them thaw again before I give them to her -- maybe helps kill potential bad bacteria. 

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Thanks.  I had no idea what a bully stick was until today!  Can you get them from Pet Smart or do I need to order them online?

They actually look to be a tiny bit cheaper than a rawhide. 

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You can get them in pet stores/ pet speciality stores. Just read the label to make sure they are made in the USA! And maybe check to see how many fillers are in it (if you care about that stuff). Some do, some don't. 

You can find those cheaper online once you find one you and your dobe like!