Do rawhide and constipation go hand in hand?

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Do rawhide and constipation go hand in hand?

Post by Marivonne Rodrigu » Sat, 16 Oct 1993 07:32:48



I read somewhere that rawhide can cause constipation in dogs and wanted to
know if any of you out there have had this happen to your dog(s). I have
stayed away from any kind of rawhide toys for that reason, but sometime ago
there was a thread about it, and many seem to give rawhide bones to their
dog(s) on a regular basis.

In trying to make my little one's (9 1/2 mo. mini-Dachsie, Winnie) stay in
her crate during the day as enjoyable as possible, I got her (among many
other toys) a rawhide bone to see how she'd take to it. She went absolutely
nuts over it yesterday when it came in the mail (the basted kind). She
simply loves it.

So I'm curious as to whether or not any of you dog nuts (like me!) ;) out
there have had your dog(s) develop digestive problems because of rawhide.

Thanks in advance!  Marivonne & Winnie

 
 
 

Do rawhide and constipation go hand in hand?

Post by Dena Delga » Sat, 16 Oct 1993 00:39:30



Quote:
>Subject: Do rawhide and constipation go hand in hand?

>Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1993 16:32:48 -0600
>I read somewhere that rawhide can cause constipation in dogs and wanted to
>know if any of you out there have had this happen to your dog(s). I have
>stayed away from any kind of rawhide toys for that reason, but sometime ago
>there was a thread about it, and many seem to give rawhide bones to their
>dog(s) on a regular basis.
>In trying to make my little one's (9 1/2 mo. mini-Dachsie, Winnie) stay in
>her crate during the day as enjoyable as possible, I got her (among many
>other toys) a rawhide bone to see how she'd take to it. She went absolutely
>nuts over it yesterday when it came in the mail (the basted kind). She
>simply loves it.
>So I'm curious as to whether or not any of you dog nuts (like me!) ;) out
>there have had your dog(s) develop digestive problems because of rawhide.
>Thanks in advance!  Marivonne & Winnie

Marivonne,

The only problem I have noticed, is that they are somewhat fattening.  I buy
the Chew-EEs brand (basted and unbasted).  They don't seem to notice much of a
difference.  Eliza-Beth has a slow metabolism, eats low-cal dry dog food, and
eats a rawhide chew-ee in 15 minutes.  I used to give my doggies a chew-ee
every day, and I noticed Eliza-Beth was putting on weight.  So I cut back.  
Now she just gets one or two a week.  So, the rest of the dachies get one or
two a week, because I can't give one dog and not the rest.

I have not noticed any constipation problem because of rawhide, however, too
much of any good thing can cause a problem.  So just keep an eye on Winnie's
habits and if you notice her having a constipation problem, cut back on the
size of the rawhide bone and increase the fiber in her diet (raw carrot,
lettuce, or celery makes a great treat).

Dena (the dachshund lady) and the gang
King, Princess, Eliza-Beth, Alexandra, Nikolas and Kristofer

 
 
 

Do rawhide and constipation go hand in hand?

Post by Connie C » Sat, 16 Oct 1993 22:33:16


I never noticed anyproblems with my pups, but a word of caution
if you are using the bones with the knots at the end (the pressed
chopped rawhide sticks are fine) My dogs (Sib Huskies) are
strong chewers, and they quickly chew off the knot. If the bone
isn't big enough, that knot is the right size to go down
their throats accidentally. Also, rawhide becomes this gross
slippery mass that very easily slips into the throat, and if
part of it is still unchewed and dry it gets stuck. I learned
this almost tragically one day when I gave Scooter and Katka
each a partially chewed, softened rawhide bone. I was moving
about the garage cleaning when I heard this strange sound I
couldn't identify. I looked over at the pups, but they seemed
happily hunched over their bones. So I continued cleaning, when
I heard the sound again. This time it sounded like a very soft
gagging noise, and I looked more closely at the pups. Scooter
was standing rather still with the bone halfway in his mouth.
He looked fine, but I have found myself developing disaster
radar with these two, and ran over there and yanked the bone
out of his mouth. About 4 inches of soggy rawhide stretched
out from the dry knot, and I could feel it resisting as I
pulled. I don't think he could have gotten it out on his own.
Now I only give fresh ones when I am with them, and if they
look too soft and long they go in the trash. I also give them
the pressed munchies, but those are pricey because the pups
will go through a 6 inch one in 4 minutes.