This is a tasty dried rawhide bone filled with 100% bull pizzle.
It is a small chew, measuring 12cm, and is best suited to small to medium breeds. Always make sure you choose a size appropriate to your dog size (if it is too small you increase the risk of your dog choking but if it is too big then you risk over treating your dog).
As with most dog treats, we recommend thoroughly that you supervise your dog while they chew.
In the shop there is much discussion regarding what is appropriate and safe to give your dog as a chew. We don’t believe that there is a black and white answer to this one but thought it would be handy to provide a guide to some of the most discussed items we provide in the shop and their pros and cons to allow our customers to make a balanced and informed choice about what they give to their dogs.
With regards rawhide chews...
Rawhide chews are a long standing, traditional chew that is often given to dogs to keep them occupied. The main range of rawhide we stock in the shop is untreated, natural beef hide from Argentina.
To Chews: Rawhide is often a very popular chew. It is low in fat and relatively long lasting and most dogs enjoy it. It is also often reported as being good for dental health. Because these often come with a flavoured coating and come in a variety of shapes and sizes this can make them a more interesting chew toy for some dogs.
Not to Chews: Every dog is different with which type of chew works best for them. If your dog has a sensitivity (to beef for example) then these may not be the chews for them. We would ALWAYS recommend supervising your dog if you choose to give them hide chews. If they are a greedy eater/ gulper there is a risk that they will break off a large piece and if they try to swallow it whole there could be a choking or obstruction hazard. We do give our own dogs hide but we always make sure we supervise them closely whilst they eat it. Whilst some vets recommend hide over the likes of the harder bones/stagbars as they are softer some dental vets also still argue that even hide can present a smaller risk of chipping/cracking a tooth and this is something to also be aware of.
We would also recommend selecting high quality, untreated hide. Some hide chews (particularly those sourced from China) can be treated with chemicals and are of poorer quality than the truly natural, untreated versions.
For more information about choosing suitable things for your dog to chew on please see our article, To Chews or Not to Chews - Just Dogs guide to the pros & cons of chew treats & toys