Rawhide chews are some of the most popular and valuable treats for canines. They’re known for being able to help keep a dog’s teeth quite clean and satisfies their instincts to clamp their teeth on something. Rawhide treats are from the inner layer of cow or horse hides. During its development, the hides are cleaned and cut or ground. Then they are pressed into a chewable dog treat of various shapes and sizes. In order to make them appealing towards dogs, some rawhide treats contain beef, chicken or liver flavorings.
Every canine in existence has the natural instinct to chew. Most dogs tend to even spend hours chewing the hours away every day. Chewing helps provide your dog with stimulation and relieve anxiety. Especially for younger pups, treats such as rawhide bones can be a fantastic substitute for your shoes and legs of the seat. Chewing also ensures a dog has strong jaws, clean teeth, and breath of fresher air. Dogs that are shown to regularly chew on rawhides and other bone-related items have less plaque and tartar build-up for their teeth.
Now some of you may be asking if there is any risk of allowing your dogs to chew on rawhides. Given the estimated amount of rawhides consumed by canines each year, the risk factor is quite minimal. Even so, risks can still be quite serious, so it’s not a good idea to ignore them. Weigh the risk and benefits before deciding to try out rawhides based on your dog’s chew needs and behaviors.
Some common risk traits that tend to happen are contamination, some rawhides may have a trace amount of chemicals that could cause harm to your pup. Digestive irritation is another cause mainly due to sensitive or allergic to rawhide or other substances used during its development. Choking and blockages caused by rawhide bones and other edible chews pose a risk. This is a much larger risk than contamination or digestive irritation. If your canine pal swallows a large piece of rawhide, the rawhide can possibly get stuck in the esophagus or other areas of the digestive tract. Depending on the size and where it located, a vet might be able to remove the pieces quite seamless through the throat. Other times, abdominal surgery is required to remove them from the stomach or intestines. If this isn’t resolved immediately it can lead towards death.
Even so don’t let this deter you from making your own rawhides and given them to that faithful canine friend of yours. Here some information on the process behind the making of rawhide chews for dogs.
The Making of Rawhides
Rawhide chews are dried hypodermic interstitial tissue from raised cattle meat production. This hypodermic interstitial tissue is incredibly strong yet flexible, due to the collagen fibers that connect. During the processing of the cattle’s skin, it’s split into inner and outer layers. The hardier outer layer is used mainly for leather shoes, clothing, and upholstery. The softer inner layer, on the other hand, is cut and formed into various shapes for dog chews.
First of all, during the development of rawhide chews, the cattle’s hide is transported to a processing plant where it’s split, washed with degreasers and detergents, and cleaned. Once completely cleaned the rawhide is then sterilized using hydrogen peroxide at the required temperature for a certain amount of time. This also has the desired side effect of transforming the rawhide into a yellow-white color most people are familiar with. The rawhides are then wrung of excessive water and slapped onto a specialized cutting table. Using electric knives, rectangular pieces of various sizes are special shapes are cut from certain portions of the hide. These shapes are then forwarded to the tying department where the shapes are rolled up and folded to create the various forms, such as bones.
Once the shapes have been finalized they are placed on to trays and carted out to drying rooms that are temperature controlled to assure drying but not melting. The product is once again inspected before packaged for sale or colored with FDA approved colorings and flavoring, re-dried, then packaged for business.
Keep in mind that rawhide bones and chews made in the USA are considered some of the best to purchase for your dog. Make sure to get your dogs the ones that contain premium beef-hide from corn-fed American cattle produced under the strictest quality standards. American production processes and sanitation practices are some of the best and highly regulated than other countries when it comes to the production of rawhide bones. In other less developed countries, a lack of modern refrigeration trucks is needed for preservation to get skins from outer-lying areas to processing plants. As for the USA, fresh beef-hides are refrigerated during shipping to prevent degradation, spoilage, fouling and unnecessary use of chemical additives.
As you can see, a lot of work goes into the creation of rawhides, and it up to you as the owner of the pup to decide whether rawhides or other alternative forms of chews are the right choices for your dog. So make sure to take our information into consideration the next time you decide to purchase a rawhide chew.