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Unread 10-21-2006, 07:25 PM   #1
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Default So much for "safe" compressed rawhide

So. Where do you get your compressed rawhide?

I bought one at Petco some weeks ago and it was great. Took Yao Ming a good while to get through it and gave him a good long chew. Bought some at Petsmart. They had a very limited selection in terms of brand/quality. Bought what looked like the most hopeful that wasn't smeared with peanut butter. Last night he starts gagging. I rush to him, he hawks up a chunk of *compressed* rawhide about 1" in diameter. Before I can tell him "give" he swallows it back down. He survived obviously. But it didn't make me feel good about giving him these particular rawhides now.

I want to order from a mail order company but now I don't know if I'm getting a decent product or not. Petco is too expensive.

Where do you get your compressed rawhide that is of *good* quality?

This also leaves me to wonder - if uncompressed rawhide expands, what prevents *compressed* rawhide from expanding in their guts, as well? Seems like, in fact, it has further to go because of the very nature that is has been compressed. Granted, with the better quality one, he got much smaller pieces off of it.

sigh... i'm too much a nervous mom to handle this yet I don't want to take this joy away from him and he obviously has an iron gut. But...
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Unread 10-21-2006, 09:08 PM   #2
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I buy the Castor & Pollux brand from the local organic store here. They are the ones in stick form, not the bone-shaped ones. It's the only brand that doesn't give my dogs the runs anyway lol...

Dogs can choke on anything really. It was good that you were around when it happened.

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Default So much for "safe" compressed rawhide

I've had quite a few problems with so called "wonderful" for dogs compressed or pressed products. Even Nylabones.

I've given up on them completely!

I only ever give my dog raw meaty bones, which I buy from the butcher.

I check each bone and if it looks as if it could be a bit dodgy, I chuck it in the bin.

I use lamb and beef bones as well as chicken frames.

Don't use the dried pigs ears either since she got one caught in her throat.

Just back to basics for me!

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Ah, yes bones are good as well. Mine get bison marrow bones and chicken necks/wings currently.

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i absolutely do not give my dogs rawhides of any kind because they are all such a huge choking hazard. also many are full of chemicals and bleach. nylabones, kongs and raw (NEVER cooked) bones are all i use. even bones form the pet store are out, as they are all cooked. there was an article in Dogs in Canada a while ago about a pup given a bone from the pet store that had sharp pieces in the marrow. it died on the operating table. NO COOKED BONES.
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yeah - i've been down this path before. I'll ask as I did in a previous post, I don't want this to turn into a "bones/rawhide/greenies/whatever are bad" thread. We all have our opinions, reserve them for a thread asking for opinions. Please answer the question I asked if you have a preferred supplier for the item I am seeking.

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I'm sorry that I miscontrued your thread.

I cannot reply to your intended thread, because I don't use the compressed or any type of other manufactured "bone"

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My dogs get Hilife Daily Dental Chews - they're rawhide. I've been down this road before too & decided to continue with these. Funnily enough at Dennis' last vet appointment the vet was surprised at the condition of his teeth for an 11 year old dog & remarked that he must get a lot of dental chews.

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I'm sorry that I miscontrued your thread.

I cannot reply to your intended thread, because I don't use the compressed or any type of other manufactured "bone"
A appreciate that. It's not that I don't appreciate other opinions, it's just not useful to me at this point. I have seen the discussions on uncooked bones and I am going to get him one. But he does love his rawhide and I keep him monitored - and of course, have learned my lesson on those very cheap things. vets disagree on this issue so it's only expected that owners disagree. I just didn't want to turn this into a debate. I appreciate your response.

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My dogs get Hilife Daily Dental Chews - they're rawhide. I've been down this road before too & decided to continue with these. Funnily enough at Dennis' last vet appointment the vet was surprised at the condition of his teeth for an 11 year old dog & remarked that he must get a lot of dental chews.
They do seem to help YM's teeth a lot, too. I'll look into the "HiLife" chews. I wish I'd kept the tag that was on the good rawhide bone I found for him. Not that the on-line sellers always tell you what "brand" they're selling. It's frustrating.
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