Is Rawhide Ok for My Dog?

Rawhide chewing products are safe for your dog, as long as some simple precautions are taken. Below are some simple DOs and DON’Ts to follow when introducing these treats.

The DOs of rawhide chews for dogs:

  • DO buy clean, high-quality rawhide that does not have an unpleasant odor or appear spoiled.
  • DO monitor your puppy while chewing to prevent choking on large, whole or extremely hard knots. Some rawhide products have knots that are so firmly knotted that ingestion could lead to intestinal blockage.

The DON’Ts of rawhide chews for dogs:

  • DON'T allow your dog to swallow very large pieces or chew items that have become excessively dirty, soiled with body wastes, moldy or spoiled.
  • DON’T rely on rawhide chews as the only element of your at-home dental care routine.

Dental benefits of rawhide chews

Chewing on appropriate rawhide products can help reduce dental plaque build-up and gingivitis for your pet. The action of chewing helps remove soft debris off the teeth before it can harden into actual tartar and become trapped against the gums contributing to gum disease.

While good chew products play a role in a complete home dental care routine, it is important to remember that professional dental care is the best thing you can do for your dog’s oral health

Need more advice?

When in doubt about which chews or other products to give your dog, it’s always best to discuss your options with a veterinary professional. Contact your nearest Banfield Pet Hospital to schedule an appointment today.

Updated October 20, 2015