Rawhide for Dogs: The Dos and Don’ts

Rawhide chews are a classic toy for dogs of all sizes. These chews are a natural solution to keep your dog's teeth healthy and chewing habits in check.

Rawhide chews are a classic toy for dogs of all sizes. According to Banfield Pet Hospital, chewing rawhide is great way to fight plaque build-up and gingivitis. Most typically made from cow hide, Canine Journal says these chews are a natural solution to keep your dog's teeth healthy and chewing habits in check. But just like all pet products, double-check to make sure you're giving your four-legged friend a safe toy. Follow these easy dos and don'ts from PetMD to make sure rawhide is right for your dog:

  • DO buy high-quality rawhide, and inspect the chew to make sure it is clean and unspoiled.
  • DON'T let your dog finish the entire rawhide. Take it away when it is small enough to swallow whole.
  • DO monitor your dog's chewing for the first few days, and keep an eye out for allergic reactions or other signs of irritation.
  • DON'T assume rawhide is OK for every breed. Ask your vet before offering rawhide to your dog. 
  • DO implement other forms of dental care in addition to rawhide chews.

Hartz® offers a great selection of rawhide products. From Hartz® Munchy Rawhide to Hartz® Rawhide Bones, there's something for every dog to enjoy. 


This content is provided by the pet experts at Hartz. Before you invest in a new chew toy, biscuit or treat for your companion, turn to us for top-of-the-line advice and tips.

Category: Pet Supplies