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Pig ears/Pig snouts

Post by Morgan Freema » Wed, 07 Oct 1998 04:00:00



Hi,

A vet on the health channel said that he doesn't recommend pig ears for
dogs.  Too much protein.  He didn't mention pig snouts....which my lab
loves.  I give him a couple of them a week.  Anything wrong with that
for a full-grown yellow lab?  I also give him rawhide bones.  This keeps
him from incessantly***ing his paws.
Thanx for the input.
Morgan

 
 
 

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Post by black.. » Wed, 07 Oct 1998 04:00:00


: A vet on the health channel said that he doesn't recommend pig ears for
: dogs.  Too much protein.  He didn't mention pig snouts....which my lab
: loves.  I give him a couple of them a week.  Anything wrong with that
: for a full-grown yellow lab?  I also give him rawhide bones.  This keeps
: him from incessantly***ing his paws.
: Thanx for the input.
: Morgan

What is it about pig snouts that makes them better than pigs ears?  Does
the excess protein in pigs ears mentioned by the vet concern you?  If pig
snouts were not available would you give pigs ears instead?  Your answers
to those questions can help you decide the risk against the benefits.

I really can't think of any reason why pig snouts would be healthier than
pigs ears.  If you wouldn't give the ears to your dog I would think you
would want to avoid the snouts as well.

My vet recommends chopped pressed rawhide over the whole rawhide because
sometimes the dog will swallow too large a chunk of rawhide and get an
intestinal blockage.

Diane Blackman

-     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
"For the dog who must spend a great deal of time alone, basic training
builds esssential self confidence.  Dogs who respond to commands, who
work, who synchronize their brains and bodies, who succeeed, take control
of themselves and their emotions.  "The Body Language and Emotion of Dogs"
by Myrna M. Milani, DVM.

 
 
 

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Post by Lily Tone » Wed, 07 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> My vet recommends chopped pressed rawhide over the whole rawhide because
> sometimes the dog will swallow too large a chunk of rawhide and get an
> intestinal blockage.

Diane -
        I found that Kira was still able to tear a good sized chunk off
from a pressed rawhide and swallow it (well, actually, one of our big
foster boys tore it off, and she stole it). What I now use, and Kira
really likes, are the granulated rawhide sticks from Petsmart. They cost
about $1.99 each, and are a bit more than a foot long. They come in
Natural, Beef, Chicken, Cheese, Lamb (I think) and Veggie flavors, and
crumble very easily. The one downside is that they can be eaten very
quickly. I did note in Petsmart's new ad on Sunday that they have these
on sale right now, buy one, get one free. I am heading over there to
stock up!

--

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Post by polyba » Wed, 07 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Quote:


> : A vet on the health channel said that he doesn't recommend pig ears for
> : dogs.  Too much protein.  He didn't mention pig snouts....which my lab
> : loves.  I give him a couple of them a week.  Anything wrong with that
> : for a full-grown yellow lab?  I also give him rawhide bones.  This keeps
> : him from incessantly***ing his paws.
> : Thanx for the input.
> : Morgan

> What is it about pig snouts that makes them better than pigs ears?  Does
> the excess protein in pigs ears mentioned by the vet concern you?  If pig
> snouts were not available would you give pigs ears instead?  Your answers
> to those questions can help you decide the risk against the benefits.

> I really can't think of any reason why pig snouts would be healthier than
> pigs ears.  If you wouldn't give the ears to your dog I would think you
> would want to avoid the snouts as well.

> My vet recommends chopped pressed rawhide over the whole rawhide because
> sometimes the dog will swallow too large a chunk of rawhide and get an
> intestinal blockage.

> Diane Blackman

> -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
> "For the dog who must spend a great deal of time alone, basic training
> builds esssential self confidence.  Dogs who respond to commands, who
> work, who synchronize their brains and bodies, who succeeed, take control
> of themselves and their emotions.  "The Body Language and Emotion of Dogs"
> by Myrna M. Milani, DVM.

Please do not label me ignorant...just curious....why is too much protein
bad??  My Nikki absolutely LOVES smoked pig ears.  We only give her one (maybe
two) during the week because she just destroys/devours them in no time.  She
seems no worse for ware once consumed.  Am I, unknowingly, doing harm to my
child??

Diane
;-}

 
 
 

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Post by black.. » Wed, 07 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Same thing, different description. :-)

Diane Blackman

-     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
"Reinforcement is always relative to the dog's instincts, his personality,
his physical condition, and the environment." "Smart Trainers -- Brilliant
Dogs" by Janet Lewis

:> My vet recommends chopped pressed rawhide over the whole rawhide because
:> sometimes the dog will swallow too large a chunk of rawhide and get an
:> intestinal blockage.

: Diane -
:         I found that Kira was still able to tear a good sized chunk off
: from a pressed rawhide and swallow it (well, actually, one of our big
: foster boys tore it off, and she stole it). What I now use, and Kira
: really likes, are the granulated rawhide sticks from Petsmart. They cost
: about $1.99 each, and are a bit more than a foot long. They come in
: Natural, Beef, Chicken, Cheese, Lamb (I think) and Veggie flavors, and
: crumble very easily. The one downside is that they can be eaten very
: quickly. I did note in Petsmart's new ad on Sunday that they have these
: on sale right now, buy one, get one free. I am heading over there to
: stock up!

 
 
 

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Post by WebbWea » Wed, 07 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
Too much protein.  He didn't mention pig snouts...

If there's "too much protein" in pig ears (???), then there's "too much
protein" in pig snouts. Think about it. Mostly cartilage, both of them.

Jane Webb
Mudpie & Moonpie

 
 
 

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Post by Sue » Thu, 08 Oct 1998 04:00:00


FWIW>>>>  just another opinion... our trainer, who's husband is also a
vet... advised against pig ears due to dental reasons.  She said they see
many cases where imbedded pieces in the gums cause some *** dental
problems, resulting in dental surgery.  She suggested the granulated things
too that I saw mentioned in another post and things like galileo (sp?)
bones, as rawhides  can also cause blocked intestines if a piece were to
break off and get ingested and not DIgested <S>.  But as always, the
decision is personal.  
Sue and Jadee



Quote:
> Hi,

> A vet on the health channel said that he doesn't recommend pig ears for
> dogs.  Too much protein.  He didn't mention pig snouts....which my lab
> loves.  I give him a couple of them a week.  Anything wrong with that
> for a full-grown yellow lab?  I also give him rawhide bones.  This keeps
> him from incessantly***ing his paws.
> Thanx for the input.
> Morgan

 
 
 

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Post by AVRAMA GINGO » Thu, 08 Oct 1998 04:00:00


P> Please do not label me ignorant...just curious....why is too much protein
P> bad??  My Nikki absolutely LOVES smoked pig ears.  We only give her one (may
P> two) during the week because she just destroys/devours them in no time.  She
P> seems no worse for ware once consumed.  Am I, unknowingly, doing harm to my
P> child??
P>
P> Diane
P> ;-}
P>
P>

I doubt if one or two pigs' ears during a week will throw your
dog's diet out of kilter very much.  Like almost anything,
too much is dangerous.

.. nfx v2.7 [C0000] Love creates hostages to fortune.                      

 
 
 

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Post by Gooble » Fri, 09 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Are pig ears as fatty as they seem? Is that bad for the dogs? I've tried cow
ears for my dog and I like them much better...they are dry instead of greasy
and gross, and sort of spongy like styrofoam. Does anybody know how they
compare to pig ears in healthiness?
 
 
 

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Post by Al B. Bac » Fri, 09 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>Please do not label me ignorant...just curious....why is too much protein
>bad??  My Nikki absolutely LOVES smoked pig ears.  We only give her one
(maybe
>two) during the week because she just destroys/devours them in no time.
She
>seems no worse for ware once consumed.  Am I, unknowingly, doing harm to my
>child??

>Diane
>;-}

Nah.  I've yet to hear a good reason why pig ears are bad.  Expensive, yes.
Gross, maybe.  Too much protein?  Puleez.  My dog loves them too.  She goes
crazy for them.  Besides, it's usually a guaranteed 20 minute time-out.

If you follow all the advice in this newsgroup, you'd only let your dog out
if it's crate to eat and go to the bathroom.  Next thing you know, people
will say that all the beer and cigarettes I feed the dog are bad.

BTW, why are you feeding pig ears to a child?

 
 
 

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Post by Caroline Szymeczek-Sea » Sat, 10 Oct 1998 04:00:00


My Neville loved the one pig ear I gave her, but she experienced diarrhea during
the night after eating it.  Could be a coincidence, but we haven't done another
pig ear since then!!!!

caroline

Quote:

> Are pig ears as fatty as they seem? Is that bad for the dogs? I've tried cow
> ears for my dog and I like them much better...they are dry instead of greasy
> and gross, and sort of spongy like styrofoam. Does anybody know how they
> compare to pig ears in healthiness?

 
 
 

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Post by DButche » Sat, 10 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Our vet says that they are pretty fatty and should be given about once a
week or less.  Just a thought.

Quote:

>My Neville loved the one pig ear I gave her, but she experienced diarrhea
during
>the night after eating it.  Could be a coincidence, but we haven't done
another
>pig ear since then!!!!

>caroline


>> Are pig ears as fatty as they seem? Is that bad for the dogs? I've tried
cow
>> ears for my dog and I like them much better...they are dry instead of
greasy
>> and gross, and sort of spongy like styrofoam. Does anybody know how they
>> compare to pig ears in healthiness?

 
 
 

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Post by Jaym » Sat, 10 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> > My vet recommends chopped pressed rawhide over the whole rawhide because
> > sometimes the dog will swallow too large a chunk of rawhide and get an
> > intestinal blockage.

My kids get big pressed rawhide bones (supervised). They're responsible
chewers :) and have never had a problem with swallowing too large of a
piece. They also get the chopped and pressed sticks but not the big 'uns
(12") just the 6" small sized ones. They go down too quickly and made for
some messy (and colorful!) poops last christmas.
Pigs ears just seem so greasy that they're a rare treat rather than a
more freqent one. I bought some fresh ears <bleah> once, sliced and cooked
'em on low in the oven 'til they were crisp and stored them in the
freezer. Dogs loved 'em of course...

Jayme with the canine crew and the feline foursome.

Amber (cockerx), Sabrina (ESS), & Rocko.at.Rainbow.Bridge (MinPin)
http://www.dragonmyst.org/minpin.htm (Kaya's site)

 
 
 

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Post by Sue » Tue, 13 Oct 1998 04:00:00




<snip>

Quote:
> Nah.  I've yet to hear a good reason why pig ears are bad.  

<snip>

 hmmm  I thought I gave a pretty good reason in an earlier post about why
pig ears are bad..  
Perhaps you missed it, so I'll repeat it....  via my vet and trainer...
this was their advise on pig ears.   They get gummy and pieces become
pushed up between the dog's gums and teeth, often becoming infected and
requiring dental surgery to correct it.  Both have said they have seen
numerous cases requiring this surgery.  Now, I know this has nothing to do
with nutrition, but... it is health related.

bummer how the things we love are bad for us, huh?  Like I said before, its
a personal choice though if you want to use them or not.

--
Sue and Jadee (AKA *** Psycho Satan Puppy)
(ps.  its a JOKE>>> this is NOT her registered name <S>)
remove _ after apple before emailing

 
 
 

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Post by Rache » Wed, 14 Oct 1998 04:00:00




Quote:
> >Please do not label me ignorant...just curious....why is too much
protein
> >bad??  My Nikki absolutely LOVES smoked pig ears.  We only give her one

> Nah.  I've yet to hear a good reason why pig ears are bad.  Expensive,
yes.
> Gross, maybe.  Too much protein?  Puleez.  My dog loves them too.  She
goes
> crazy for them.  Besides, it's usually a guaranteed 20 minute time-out.

I give Murphy the occasional piggy ear because she has inflammatory bowel
disease so I can't give her rawhide chewies.  I like to give her a treat
from time to time and she loves them!

(but lasting 20 minutes???!!!  Certainly not with one of our dogs!  Mindy
swallows big chunks, brings them up, chews them a bit smaller and swallows
them again ... she'll keep going until they're small enough to stay down!!
Revolting creatures!)

--
Rachel
(a.k.a. 'Supergoof')
and Murphy, the Mad Mutt!
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