We’ve all been guilty of buying bags and bags of these mysterious things? Why not, they seem to work at getting our little puppies or even large dogs busy chewing on something to keep them busy and occupied and frankly, to not destroy our beloved furniture!
Well the science of what these things are made of is disturbing. It’s actually a toxic “leather” stick, and when you finally realize what it takes to make this, you will likely agree of the dangers.
You’ve probably known someone who’s had a pet need emergency surgery from digesting a rawhide, but the thing is most of the people around the world, including New Zealand, believe it’s some sort of dried up meat stick.
“Producing rawhide begins with the splitting of an animal hide, usually from cattle. The top grain is generally tanned and made into leather products, while the inner portion, in its “raw” state, goes to the dogs.” according to TheBark.com
The steps that go into making these pretty chew toys from raw leather is fairly intensive and too long for this blog, but we at dawpawsalltheway.wordpress.com challenge you to do your own research. Your dog is worth it.
An investigation by Humane Society International stated in their report, “In a particularly grisly twist, the skins of brutally slaughtered dogs in Thailand are mixed with other bits of skin to produce rawhide chew toys for pet dogs. Manufacturers told investigators that these chew toys are regularly exported to and sold in U.S. stores.” – dogingtonpost.com
Rodney Habib – Pet Nutrition Blogger and one of the most informed and advanced speakers around the world on pet safety and nutrition says….
“An educated, informed and well-researched community of pet owners can only put more pressure on the pet food industry to be better! When pet owners know better, they will only do better!”