Dear VetBabble: Is My Puppy Safe After Swallowing Part of a Rawhide Bone?
One pet owner recently asked us about their 5-month-old puppy, who swallowed part of a rawhide bone. They were concerned about the potential risks and if there’s anything they should watch out for in the coming days. This is a common concern for many pet owners who want their dogs to enjoy chewable treats and toys. In this article, we will discuss the safety of rawhide bones, what to do if your dog swallows a foreign object, and alternatives for chew toys.
Is It Safe for Dogs to Chew on Rawhide Bones?
Rawhide bones can be a controversial topic among pet owners and veterinarians. Many dogs enjoy chewing on these treats, but they also pose potential risks. Generally, rawhide bones can be digested to some extent, so swallowing small pieces may not be harmful. However, large pieces can cause complications, and there are alternative options that can be safer for dogs to chew on. For a more comprehensive discussion on this topic, you can read our article on Feeding Your Dog Raw Meaty Bones: Is it safe?.
What Should I Do If My Dog Swallows a Foreign Object?
When your dog swallows a foreign object, such as a piece of rawhide, it’s important to monitor them closely for any signs of discomfort or distress. If your dog starts vomiting, refuses all food, gulps water and vomits afterwards, or seems to be in pain or bloated, it’s vital to take them to your veterinarian as soon as possible. For more information on this issue, check out our article on Foreign Bodies: I Think My Pet Ate Something It Shouldn’t! and My dog ate something it shouldn’t have! What should I do?
Alternative Chew Toys for Dogs
Considering the potential risks associated with rawhide bones and other similar chew toys, it’s a good idea to explore safer alternatives for your dog. Some recommended options include Nylabones, Kong toys (where you can hide food inside), and other durable, non-toxic chew toys designed for dogs. Avoid giving your dog real bones, pigs’ ears, and hooves, as these can also pose risks, such as fractured teeth or splintering off sharp edges. To learn more about what not to feed your dog, have a look at our article on the 10 Worst Foods For Your Dog.
In conclusion, if your puppy has swallowed a small piece of rawhide, it’s likely to be digested without any complications. However, it’s essential to monitor your dog for any signs of distress and take them to the veterinarian if necessary. In the future, consider safer alternatives for chew toys to keep your dog happy and healthy.