Rawhide chews and bones are every dog’s friend. They are the perfect treat for your pet and keep your dog feeling happy and healthy while looking after their teeth and gums too. They are a popular treat for dogs to have because it promotes the natural instinct that a dog has to chew. Some dogs will spend hours chewing and, after all, chewing rawhide bones or chews are much better than your slippers or best shoes. Chewing can provide your dog with stimulation and relive anxieties that your dog may have, especially puppies that are getting used to their surroundings. It keeps your dog’s jaw strong and gives their teeth a good clean. It’s been proven that dogs that chew regularly on rawhides have less build-up of plaque and tartar on their teeth. Dog chews should however be kept to a minimum of being handled by family members or children to stop contamination from occurring.
Rawhide Buying Guide
Traditional rawhide chews are a wonderful treat for any dog. Chewing is a dog’s natural way to relieve stress when they can’t get outside and play. These cute little treats are available in many different sizes for all dog breeds and can be purchased virtually anywhere – from a local grocery store to an online pet store. Below is a breakdown of what to expect when shopping around for one of these tasty treats.
Traditionally shaped like dog bones, rawhide chews are tan in color and can be given to all healthy dogs from very small dogs to very large breeds. Sometimes you might even find colored rawhides to correspond with the holidays, and some you’ll find are basted with different meat flavorings. It depends on which stores carry which type of rawhide stock.
Usually, pet stores have the most extensive variety. Grocery stores generally only carry a few different options. The best place to search for exactly what you want is going to be online. The internet is a great place to find items simply because it connects the shopper to so many vendors across the globe. It’s a quick and easy way to find the ideal item at the best price possible (and maybe save on shipping too).
Rawhide chews come in all different sizes. It’s essential to provide your puppy with the correct size chew. If you have a large dog, you do not want to give them a small chew because it can choke. Purchase one that is for a large breed dog.
Similarly, this is true if you have a small dog. You don’t want to give them a chew that is too big to fit in their mouth! And, since most dogs are obsessed with rawhide chews, they would try it anyway. Some may be able to pick up a large chew proudly, and other breeds may become bored and depressed if they cannot fit it into their mouths correctly.
Not all rawhide chews are meat flavored. There are the standard chicken and beef flavored as well as unflavored. But, more recently, new flavors have been emerging. These might range from sugar cookie, pumpkin, and more, mostly correlating to the holidays. Newer flavors are continually being created.
Most rawhide chews are a light tan color. The shapes vary but seldom is rawhide dyed unless for holiday themes. However, pet stores and online retailers may carry rawhide chews in various color schemes. It is up to personal choice on which ones your pet would like the most. Be careful what you choose as some dyes are not suitable for dogs to ingest.
Available in virtually any shape imaginable, rawhide chews come in standard bone shape (long bone with knotted edges), or fancy shapes made with twists or in a wreath for the holidays. Some are shaped like candy canes where others still are a mix of partially dyed braided into traditional tan strips. Select the one you think your pet would be the most interested in.
The smaller the rawhide chew, the less expensive it is. Also, the fancier it is, and the rarer the flavor, the chew will cost more than the standard price. Dyed chews are usually not much different in price compared to the standard original rawhide chews. It just depends on the color or colors used.
If you are looking for an ideal treat for your dog rawhide chews are an excellent way to alleviate your dog’s stress or serve them as a reward for a special occasion. They are also useful if your dog has high energy and needs something to keep him or her busy for a while.
Dog chews are affordable for most anyone and readily available everywhere. It simply boils down to personal taste and what you think your dog will appreciate the most. Most dogs, however, are so happy to get a rawhide chew, they won’t mind what shape or flavor it is. As long as you thought of them, they will love it because it comes from the person they love most – you!