Rawhide is horrific.

End of story.

Here is the wikipedia info for Rawhide….

Rawhide is a hide or animal skin that has not been exposed to tanning. It is much lighter in color than leather made by traditional vegetable tanning. The skin from buffalo, deer, elk or cattle from which most rawhide originates is prepared by removing all fur, meat and fat. The hide is then usually stretched over a frame before being dried. The resulting material is hard and translucent. It can be shaped by rewetting and forming before being allowed to thoroughly re-dry. It can be rendered more pliable by ‘working’, i.e. bending repeatedly in multiple directions, often by rubbing it over a post, sometimes traditionally by chewing. It may also be oiled or greased for a degree of waterproofing.

It is often used for objects such as whips, drumheads or lampshades, and more recently chew toys for dogs. It is thought to be more durable than leather, especially in items suffering abrasion during use, and its hardness and shapability render it more suitable than leather for some items. For example, rawhide is often used to cover saddle trees, which make up the foundation of a western saddle, while wet: it strengthens the wooden tree by drawing up very tight as it dries, and resists the abrasion regularly encountered during stock work or rodeo sports. It can also be used as a backing on a wooden bow. Such a backing prevents the bow from breaking by taking a share of the tension stress. Bows made from weaker woods such as birch or cherry benefit more from a rawhide backing. Rawhide is, however more susceptible to water than leather, and will quickly soften and stretch if left wet unless well waterproofed. It is quite effective when used for training dogs and also satisfies their natural desire for meat.   Or you could give your dog meat?  Hmmmm…

Wet rawhide has been used by some earlier cultures as a means of torture or execution, gradually biting into or squeezing the flesh of body parts it encloses as it dries. Example is buskin.  (This is my favorite part)

Still wonder why we won’t sell it?  It isn’t good enough for your dog. 

Check out this awesome blog post at Cup Of Dog.  

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE OF RAWHIDE PRODUCTION.  NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!


2 Comments »

  1. but bully sticks are ok, right?

  2. Lauren said

    There are anectdotal reports of bully sticks causing trouble. Frankly, anything that is swallowed that is too large can cause a problem. I usually ask people to monitor their dog’s chewing style with any new snack or toy. If it seems like the dog isn’t chewing thoroughly, then that isn’t the ideal treat for them. Orli, my dog, is NOT trustworthy with bully sticks unless I supervise her. However, I totally trust her with a Flossie Swirl. I’ve seen her swallow a huge piece of bully stick before and we were on poop-alert for 2 days!

    My favorite chew for a dog is an organic and appropriately sized marrow bone. http://www.primalpetfoods.com

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