I have a question regarding rawhide bones. Well, Sammy loves them and will chew to no end if we give him one. This gives us a chance to relax sometimes in the evenings while he is occupied with the bone. The problem is that they may be causing him to have very loose stools. We recently changed his food from Iams large breed puppy to Kirkland Puppy because of the better ingredients. He has been on this for about a month and has been doing very well. We havent been able to determine if it was the rawhide or the new food causing this problem so we have decided to stop giving him rawhide bones for a while and see if things improve.
Has anyone else ever experienced this problem with rawhide? I guess he will just have to make due with his Nylabone for a while lol. What do you all think?
I have never given Angus rawhide. I give him raw marrow bones. I find that if he gets too much marrow at once he gets loose stools, so I freeze them & give them frozen. He gets one once a week for about 1/2 hour, then I take it from him & re-freeze it. This way he gets less marrow so it doesn't affect his poop. I get large raw beef bones at the pet supply, nearly the size of his head. I think you are wise to eliminate the rawhide alltogether and see if his stools improve. New food plus a new treat are a lot of change on his tummy.
No rawhide here, either. They also cause loose stools, sometimes because of the crap they're coated in, AND more importantly, they're not easily digestible and can therefore, cause blockages. I do as ECM does, and provide frozen marrow bones.
Brenda from Connecticut
The only marrow bones we have been able to find locally still have a lot of meat left on the bone. They gross my wife out and she insists we do not give Sammy those. Any ideas where we can find clean marrow bones?
I'm trying nylabones with Blue.
I buy the bones already frozen and they have some meat still on them...what's gross? I doubt you'll find "clean" fresh/frozen marrow bone, they come from the butcher that way...and butcher's don't "wash" their bones . If your wife knew what was in rawhide she'd find it WAY grosser than a bit of raw meat. Angus eats his bones outside on the deck, no mess and healthy too .
You can trim the excess meat off marrow bones quite easily.
I will never give Henry rawhide, nor is he allowed it from anyone else. He's a gulper and I fear obstructions. Marrow bones, however, he looooves.
Angus and his bone. *love*
I've never given Tal a rawhide because of the possibility of blockage. I've heard too many horror stories and don't want to take the chance.
I also give him bones with marrow. Unfortunately, there isn't a place here where I can get them but I found an online store that ships them frozen in dry ice.
I let him have it for about 10 minutes as well, then I get as much marrow as I can out of it and give him the bone back. Then I mix the marrow with some ff yogurt (Dannon) and freeze in a kong.That way he never gets too much at once.
Because of dental problems with HK, I have looked at potential treats for HK that could burn some energy and occupy her. I am going to try to present fairly what I have picked up from the research, several sessions with several vets including dental specialists.
Cooked bones of any kind. Just plain never, primarily because of potential for splintering.
Raw marrow bones. Never unsupervised. If marrow center is large enough, bone can become logged on upper or lower jaw and could require surgery to remove. Too much marrow tend to upset stomach. Certain bones can splinter even though raw. Potential for breaking teeth.
Bully Sticks. becoming #1 cause of broken teeth, if not already there. Must be supervised if fog has tendency to swallow large things. HK swallowed a 5 inch section once. Fortunately I was there and got to her in time to reach down her throat and manage to get a good enough grip on it with my finger tips to pull it out.
Rawhide, independent of flavoring, is not digestible. If not fully wetted with dogs saliva, it will be in the intestinal track and will swell. Significant risk of blockage. If dog just gnaws at them, no problem. Actually good for self cleaning by animal. So supervision again and should be avoided if dog demonstrates tendency to swallow large pieces.
Nylabones, flexible variety. Good amusement for dog, unless of course, dog manages to break off and swallow large pieces.
Nylabones, all rigid types, prime tool for breaking teeth.
Bottom line from Dental Vet was, 'You can try to protect them from everything. What will their quality of life be? Will they still be a dog? You have to make informed decisions with rationale risk.'
This post is no passing judgement on any decision, just sharing what I have been told.
For what it is worth, HK has special problems, she does get large plain rawhide bones (see one in siggy) but is always supervised with it. She gets one bully stick a month supervised. She has a flexible Nylabone, plays with it on occasion. If I can find a large raw knuckle bone, I will give her one maybe every 3 months and supervise. Really bad--- I love rib steaks. My favorite unhealthy meat. We buy them bone in. If I get one where the bone has not been cut lengthwise. I will save the bone for her, and sit on the floor with her after dinner. Me holding the bone and letting her gnaw off anything she can. At the first sound of a crck of any kind, she is done. Right! Bad Dad giving her a cooked bone. She loves them and I can't provide much closer supervision than holding it the whole time. One of my informed risk decisions.
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.