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Old 01-06-2013, 01:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Mouthy puppy loves rawhide retriever rolls!

I wanted to share this tip for anyone whose puppy is going through a mouthy/teething phase. Sometimes nothing will satisfy Wade's desire to chew - he doesn't care much about his kong, he'll give some attention to his rope toy, and the attention he pays to his squeaky skunk is pretty short-lived. However! If I want to entertain him for a while I give him a Rawhide Natural Retriever Roll. I got a pack of them at Petco and he loves them. He is absolutely silent after I give him one of these chews. Well, silent except for the sound of the roll clunking around on the floor as he bites it.

After he chews on one for a while (day or so) it will get a little mushy and then we replace it - he is only really interested in it when it is hard.

These probably won't do when he is older because they are small/medium sized but for his size at 10 weeks old they are excellent.

I always check on him and keep an eye on him when he has a chew, but we haven't had any problems with these at all.
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I haven't had any problems with rawhide, either, but I only buy ones produced in the US, Mexico or South America because there have been problems with ones produced other places (namely China). I also never give them more than one small one every day or two. They have been known to cause blockages. I haven't found anything they liked as much, so I still give them even though most people recommend against them. Try a cow hoof! Mine love those, too and they can't do much to them. I leave them lying around a couple weeks before replacing them and they're cheap at the feed and fuel store.
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Chewies for teething puppies are a godsend. I prefer not to give rawhide though. Try trachea or bullies.
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Chewies for teething puppies are a godsend. I prefer not to give rawhide though. Try trachea or bullies.
Why do you prefer not to give rawhide? I've heard bullies smell terrible and are expensive.
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Bullies do smell horrible unless you buy the odor free ones and yes, they are very expensive. Mine polish them off in about the same time as a small rawhide, so I won't buy them, but for a mini puppy you would get your money's worth in chew time. It should last. Trachea are also expensive as are antlers, but again both will last with a mini. Mine don't like antlers and finish off a trachea lickety split, so I don't use those, but my sister in law's large mini loves his antler. Every dog is different. Also try a puppy nylabone. Mine liked the chicken smell one, but it has to be the puppy one not the adult one. They are soft enough for gnawing, but perfect for puppy teeth. You will have to throw it away eventually, but mine lasted a long time and the puppies love them. Mine also enjoyed chewing on those big ropes. You will find that as teething gets closer, your pup is chewing on everything. It is best to have a variety of items lying around that are okay to chew.
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I only give any treats (including chews) if they are MADE in Canada and sometimes Ill use some from the US. Be careful to check the small print by the Product of USA or Canada. If it says Imported by..... that means you have no idea where it came from. I read somewhere recently where dogs have gotten sick and some died from eating 100% dried chicken chews that were imported from China. Labeling can be so misleading.
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Thank you for that very important tip.

For ingredients it says "Beefhide" and then on the bottom it says "USA hide, Processed in Mexico."
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What you are feeding may be perfectly fine and probably is but we need to be aware...

Ist flag. Why would a company out source the processing to Mexico? Save money (costing american jobs) and less stringent laws perhaps? Very likely.
Just my opinion but that could actually be a loophole for sliding in any hide.

2nd flag. If it doesnt say 100% USA BEEF HIDE then it probably isnt. In this scenario, it doesnt have to be all beef hide, just the largest percent ingredient. Its kind of like when you buy cat food and it says whitefish or salmon dinner on the can, and its only 20% fish. I am not familiar with Mexico's labelling practices so unless its Canada or US I dont buy it. I bought hide chews from Walmart my dog loved. It said chicken inserts on the bag. When my dog got sick and vomited allot I checked with the company and asked explicitly where all the ingredients came from,..come to find out the chicken was from China but it was printed Made in the USA. Any company that would use only products from and processed from the USA or in Canada would be proud to say so and therefore would have it proudly displayed usually as ....100 % manufactured and produced in .

Sorry,.... pet peeve of mine...labelling is often purposely misleading to trick us into buying inferior products that are usually cheaper and therefore harder for a company actually producing a superior product to compete with.

But I stress yours may be perfectly fine..
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meredian: There's an article from Whole Dog Journal on raw hides chews that you might find interesting.

Finding the Right Rawhide Chew For Your Dog - Whole Dog Journal Article
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meredian: There's an article from Whole Dog Journal on raw hides chews that you might find interesting.

Finding the Right Rawhide Chew For Your Dog - Whole Dog Journal Article
That is a great article - thank you! I would recommend it to anyone who gives their dog any kind of chew.

After reading it I feel good about the rawhide chews we bought. They are made from one piece of rolled, natural rawhide, and they are indeed 100% beefhide.

That said, we bought him a bully stick today and he is loving it!
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