Munchy rawhide chews - crunchy chew treats - what are they?
Where do they come from?
How are they made?
Munchy Rawhide Chew Treats
rawhide / Munchy rawhide - what's the difference?
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|Munchy rawhide / crunchy rawhide - what's the difference?|
|Crunchy rawhide, munchy rawhide, rawhide novelties - they're all the same. Rawhide is ground into a fine powdered form, colored with food-grade coloring, moistened with water, mixed with tapioca as a binder, and extruded by machine into the desired shape. It is then allowed to dry, or baked until firm.|
|Where do rawhide novelties come from?|
|The quality of rawhide is often related to its country of origin:|
|American Beef-hide: Munchy rawhide, crunchy rawhide and rawhide novelties products are NOT manufactured in the USA.|
|Oriental Water-Buffalo: Raised to work in the fields of countries like China, Korea and Thailand, they are a common source of imported rawhide.|
|South American Range Cows: These animals are fed on grass and typically have little fat and a rough, fibrous consistency. They are warm weather animals with a thinner skin.|
|How are rawhide novelry treats processed?|
|To make these colored, shaped, rawhide treats, the rawhide is chopped and ground into a granulated substance, moistened, mixed with tapioca and food coloring, and extruded by machine, into desired shapes. The shapes are then allowed to dry until firm.|
|Natural tendencies of wild canines and their predecessors was to sink their teeth into their prey and pull away on the hides stripping the skin and meat. Inherent in this feeding processes was the beneficial action of the tugging and pressure on the teeth and gums which served to toughen the gums and clean the teeth for a continuously healthy mouth. Chews offer two valuable benefits to your dog.|
Infections, kidney and heart disease can result when poor dental health gives bacteria an environment to enter your dog's body. Bacteria in the dog's mouth breaks down food particles and converts them to plaque and excess acid. The plaque can become mineralized to form a hard deposit on the tooth surface called "calculus." The excess acid damages the gums resulting in gingivitis. Unchecked gingivitis results in periodontitis, the leading cause of tooth loss. As rawhide is chewed and moistened, it wraps around the teeth and rubs off plaque and calculi.
All dogs have an inherent desire to chew, especially puppies. Aberrant chewing can be a sign of lack of exercise or a vitamin deficiency, but it is most often a normal desire to chew. This drive can exhibit itself on furniture and clothing items. Beef-hide offers a dog a safe chewing outlet.
|How do I tell Country of Origin?|
|Country of Origin is required packaging information. Look closely for indications of imitations of U.S. Beef-hide such as "Made from U.S. Beef-hide in China or Mexico" or "Product of S America." This is a further indication that even the importers recognize the value of U.S. Beef-hide.|
|How often should I feed chews?|
|Rawhide is not a food, but a safe chewable toy that can be, and most often is, consumed. It is 80-85% protein, 10-12% fiber and moisture, and 1-2% fat. High in protein, low in fat, especially compared to pig ears and other pork skin products, and fewer calories per ounce than a typical dog biscuit. One or two hours of daily chewing is sufficient.|
|Which size and shape should I chose?|
|Fortunately, chews come in every size and shape imaginable. It is important that the chew be large enough and thick enough that your dog cannot easily chew off and swallow a large piece or the whole chew. Rawhide that requires more than 7 days to chew should be replaced due to dirt and bacteria buildup.|
|Which dogs should not have chews?|
|If your dog has gastrointestinal disease or is eating a therapeutic diet, you should seek a veterinarian's approval before feeding any chews. Dogs with beef allergies or that consistently swallow bones whole should probably not receive chews unattended.|
|Are there any dangers in crunchy / munchy, rawhide novelty products?|
Buy ONLY from reputable manufacturers. Poorer grade, cheaper treats , especially the ones you find in the "bargain bin" are more cereal waste products than rawhide!
Recently, manufacturers from the far east have begun mixing higher percentages of corn stalks, wheat chaff and grain residue into smaller and smaller amounts of rawhide.
|The lowest prices on RAWHIDE TREAT products are on the internet at www.i-pets.com|
|Since 1998 Internet Pet Supplies has sold high quality, made in the USA rawhide dog bones, dogs chew and treat items for your companion animal.|
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