Oh, the joys of chewing! When you see your dog having a great time just gnawing on his chew treat, you want to know you’ve made the right choice. Rawhide is one of the most popular chew treats. But is rawhide safe for dogs? Vets are divided as some say that stomach acid can break down the rawhide pieces while others say that biting off more than a dog can literally chew can cause blockage in the esophagus and stomach.

As fur parents, it’s important to know what they are made of and how they are formed. You also have to weigh the benefits versus the dangers of getting one for your furry buddy.

What is Rawhide for Dogs?

Contrary to popular beliefs, rawhide is a byproduct of leather and not beef. The outer layer of cow or horse hide is what’s most important to leather manufacturers. They don’t have any use for the inner layer and that’s the part our fur kids chew on. This material is then processed to make it look pleasing and palatable.

What Are The Pros?

Dogs get anxious and long-lasting rawhide dog chews can help alleviate stress and anxiety. All that chewing keeps their jaws strong and does a good job of ensuring your pets’ pearly whites are clean!

Is Rawhide Bad for Dogs?

The risks are small, but it can be serious especially if you’re giving rawhide to the wrong breed. Big dogs and aggressive chewers can bite off big chunks. This can pose a risk for blockages. You also need to know where the rawhide is sourced from. Some dog chews have toxic chemicals and it’s essential you know where to buy safe rawhide for dogs.

Here at Pawstruck, the health and safety of your dogs is our primary concern. If you’re looking for a rawhide alternative, here are several products we can recommend to you:

Delicious alternatives to rawhide for dogs

100% Natural, Positively Delicious Chew Treats (Photo by James Barker)

Bully Sticks

Made of a single all-natural ingredient, a bully stick is a delicious alternative to a bland rawhide. The cattle we use for these delectable treats are free-range and grass-fed. More than just keeping your dogs entertained with chewable goodness, our bully sticks for dogs are also uber healthy as they’re very high in protein (an astounding 80%!).

Have more questions about why bully sticks are the best? Check out our guide to the Benefits of Bully Sticks for Dogs

Cow Ears

Just like humans, our dogs might need a low-fat diet as well. If your pets are on a strict diet, cow ears are a yummy treat they’ll surely love. This slow-roasted digestible product is perfect for pets who are being treated for joint pain or arthritis. It’s a good source of chondroitin to help them cope with degenerative joint conditions.

Himalayan Yak Chews

We source these gluten-free, vegetarian dog treats from the mountains of Himalayas, handcrafted by the locals. Ingredients include Yak Milk, Cow Milk, Lime Juice and a tiny bit of salt to taste. Himalayan Yak Chews are perfect for larger breeds but will match the chewing needs of any breed and size.

Beef Tendons

Looking for single-ingredient doggie treats that are free from artificial flavors? Our Beef Tendons are perfect for picky pets. Some all natural dog treats can be a little bland, but that’s where our products differ. Made from real cattle, they’re still packed with flavor that your pets are going to absolutely love!

Pig Ears

Why let your pet chew on pig ears? It’s all natural pork that’s 100% digestible, so you won’t ever have to worry about ingredients or toxic chemicals that may give your pets an upset tummy. No additives and slow roasted in its own juices (we can almost hear your dog smacking his lips!), it’s a delicious alternative to rawhide dog chews.

Beef Esophagus Straps

Dainty pets like to chew as well. For the not-so-aggressive chewers who likes to take their sweet time, beef esophagus straps are safe for yummy gnawing. While your pooch is happily chewing on these tasty treats, she’s also getting rid of nasty plaque that can lead to tooth decay.

Pig Snouts

Let your furry friends feast on this healthy rawhide alternative. Low calorie and high in protein, pig snouts are perfect for all dog breeds and sizes. And if you’re a stickler for quality treats, and need to know what ingredients they’re made of and where they come from, you’re looking at the perfect doggy chew that matches your standards. Not only are our pig snouts made in the USA, as a single ingredient chew you can rest assure this chew will have no artificial preservatives or additives.

Cow Hooves

If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it can be hard to know if it is good for your dog! We like to keep it all-natural and safe, that’s why our single ingredient cow hooves are made in the USA. It definitely puts your mind at ease knowing the treats you’re giving your pup are not laden with toxic preservatives or artificial flavors.

Puffed Sow Ears

Crunch, crunch, crunch! These textured puffed sow ears are crunchy and will keep your pet happy and occupied. They’re a bit larger than our regular pig ears and just as delicious as the rest of our treats. If you have a picky eater, this is the perfect chew alternative.

Meaty Bones

If dogs could talk, they’d be screaming “I love you” when you gave them natural dog bones (which have no additives, preservatives or artificial flavors!). These delectable treats are slow-roasted in their own juices, with just enough meaty coating that keeps your dogs contented for a long time. Aside from cleaning their teeth and keeping their gums and jaws healthy and strong respectively, meaty bones can keep anxiety and boredom at bay.

Do you have any questions about any of the chews mentioned above? We’d love to help you make the right woof, er, choice! Talk to our product experts at 1-800-715-4955.