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Rawhide bones - rawhide chew treats - dog rawhides - what are they?

Where do they come from?

How are they made?

Rawhide bones and treats for dogs

Dogs are carnivorous creatures. In the wild, they would consume entire animals, including skin and bone.

Rawhide is a natural product. We have not found it to cause blockages or problems in most dogs. If your dog consistently swallows bones whole, it should probably not receive chews unattended.

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 swallow the whole chew.

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All about rawhide dog chew treats

Rawhide chew treat varieties


All about rawhide dog chew treats


What is rawhide?
What is Rawhide made from?
What makes Rawhide so tough?
Where does Rawhide come from?
How is Rawhide processed?
Will my dog chew such a hard rawhide?
How can chews help my dog?
How do I tell Country of Origin?
What do I need to know about basted rawhide?
Are basted items non-staining?
How often should I feed chews?
Which size and shape should I chose?
Which dogs should not have chews?

Are there any dangers in rawhide chew products?

*The following information is provided coutesy of Pet Factory, manufacturer of USA rawhide dog treat products. Please do not reprint without permission.

What is Rawhide?
  Rawhide is the inner layer of the hide of any cleft-hoofed bovine livestock. Beef-Hide is premium rawhide made from cows raised for consumption. American Beef-Hide is derived from corn-fed cows within U.S. borders.

What is Rawhide made from?

  The animal's skin is split into inner and outer layers. The tough outer layer is used for leather shoes, garments, and upholstery, while the softer inner layer is cut and formed into different shapes for dog chews.
What makes Rawhide so tough?
  Collagen fibers link to make the animal's hide tough yet flexible. Human skin has the same basic structure but is much thinner.
Where does Rawhide come from?
  The quality of rawhide is often related to its country of origin:
    American Beef-hide: Corn-fed beef raised in the U.S. supply a thick, palatable and high quality chew. American beef-hide is considered "The Source" of choice for premium chews
    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 is Rawhide processed?
  The animal's hide is transported to processing plants where it is split, washed, and cleaned. The hides are then cut, formed and dried into many varieties of rawhide you see in the stores. In less developed countries a lack of modern roads and refrigeration trucks often requires the use of preservatives to get skins from outer-lying areas to processing plants. In the U.S. fresh beef-hides are refrigerated during shipping to prevent degradation, spoilage, fouling and the need for chemical additives
Will my dog chew such a hard rawhide?
  When collagen in the skin dries out, it becomes stiff. As your dog chews, the saliva moistens and softens the rawhide. Foreign rawhide is often sun parched while U.S. beef-hide is oven dried to prevent over drying. Smooth shiny areas on a chew are a sign of heat breakdown indicating an extremely hard area that the dog may not be able to soften.

How can chews help my dog?

  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.
    Dental Benefits
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.
    Behavior Benefits
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.
What do I need to know about basted rawhide?
  Basting ingredients are procured from flavor producing companies that cater to the food industry. USDA and other governmental requirements ensure the quality for U.S. goods. Foreign imported rawhide must use U.S. made basting products or a U.S. approved basted products.
Are basted items non-staining?
  Some basted rawhide claims to be non-staining. Generally, the food colors used are water soluble and once wet can run and will most likely stain. Clear Basted American Beef-hide has the flavor your dog wants and is safe for your carpets and upholstery leaving only faint indications of any staining if any at all.
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 rawhide chew products?

If your dog consistently swallows bones whole, it should probably not receive chews unattended. When the chew has been enjoyed down to a small portion, you may want to remove the remains if your pet tends to try to swallow or eat pieces that are just a little too big for the pet.


Buy ONLY from reputable manufacturers. Rawhide is not regulated in many countries. In some these countries, arsenic-based products are used as a preservative in rawhides. Ultra-white treats may have been treated with bleaching chemicals.

We highly recommend USA RAWHIDE products. One of the most reputable manufacturers of genuine USA manufactured rawhide pet treats is Pet Factory, located in Mundelein, Illinois.
Look for Pet Factory products under the following labels: pet factory products american dog products

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Rawhide Chew Treat Varieties

rawhide bones rawhide bones rawhide retriever rolls rawhide retriever rolls
rawhide chips rawhide chips
also called flip chips
rawhide chip rolls rawhide chip rolls
rawhide braid rawhide braid rawhide donut rawhide donut
rawhide breadsticks rawhide bread sticks rawhide knots rawhide knots
rawhide twist sticks 5" rawhide twist sticks
(generally not USA made)
USA heavyweight rawhide USA heavyweight rawhide
(manufactured only by Pet Factory)


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