Can a Dog Get Sick From Too Much Rawhide?

by Tammy Dray
When in doubt, ban rawhides.

When in doubt, ban rawhides.

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It's not the amount of rawhide that's dangerous. In fact, according to North Central Animal Hospital, it's rawhide itself that can be a problem, even if you only give your dog a very small piece.

No Oversight

The first problem with rawhide is that there are no FDA regulations regarding its production. That's because rawhide is not considered pet food -- it's a byproduct -- so there's no control over what ingredients are used in its production. North Central Animal Hospital points out that mercury, pesticides and other dangerous chemicals have been found on rawhide.

Other Dangers

Aside from the chemical dangers associated with rawhide, there's one more potential risk. According to WebMD Pets, if your dog swallows a large piece of rawhide, this can result in a blockage as the piece becomes logged in the throat or intestines. This could lead to choking or it could require surgery. Small pieces can get stuck in the guts as well.

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About the Author

Aside from writing experience, I also have coaching/teaching experience, both as an writing coach (currently teaching three workshops at www.coffeehouseforwriters.com) and an ESL (English-as-a-Second-Language)teacher abroad. I'm a certified Nutrition Consultant and fitness trainer and a longtime contributor to health/wellness publications, from Self to Marie Claire. I am fluent in Spanish and have worked as a translator and a language instructor. I also have two books forthcoming in 2008.