>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
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