1. Rawhide Chews:
The word 'hide' here literally means leather! Rawhide, often marketed as a natural dog bone that promotes dental health, is actually made from leftover animal hides processed in a way that involves various chemicals and bleaching them to make them white before selling.
Firstly, the chemical processing involves various toxic substances, which are not suitable for canine consumption.
Secondly, one of the biggest dangers of rawhide for dogs is the fact that it becomes like chewing gum, is highly indigestible, and can lead to choking or blockages in the digestive tract if swallowed in large pieces, sometimes leading to emergency surgery.
Thirdly, marketing it as dog bones and chews is completely wrong and misleading to dog parents.
2. The Misleading Dentastix:
It actually does the opposite of what it claims to do, i.e., clean dog teeth and prevent tartar buildup. In fact, it causes cavities and plaque due to the presence of cereals and starches.
It's also a very high-calorie junk food treat that will actually cause weight gain in dogs due to its fast consumption.
3. Calcium Milk Bones:
Calcium bones are made of milk powder, preservatives, binders, and fillers that actually do more harm than good.
4. Beware of Bully Sticks:
If sourced right, they make a great chew treat. But it's usually full of bacteria, especially harmful to humans and dogs if given in natural form, and if processed with chemicals, it loses all its healthy properties and becomes another chemically processed chew.
5. Inappropriate toys like tennis balls and plastic bottles:
The rubber, the furry cloth part, and the plastic bits are all indigestible and a recipe for intestinal blockages. It's always advised to buy dog toys, especially those meant for chewing.
6. Conclusion while choosing dog chews and bones:
Do not go by fads or random recommendations, even by vet clinics, because they need to sell the brands they have tied up with, and the commercial aspect takes over health benefits. Learn to read the label and ask questions, do proper research on canine nutrition, and then make the right choice for your pets. I hope this helps!