DANGER WITH RAWHIDE BONES /ALSO YELLOW
I would like to make the public aware that rawhide bones are/can
be dangerous. Even fatal!
Yes, they can be good for exercise of the gums and helping a dogs
teeth to stay cleaner, but rawhides (as told to me by my vet),
do gum up the intestines and can also cause blockages, which can
require expensive surgery!!!
My one year old Jack Russell , Zoe, is very lucky to not have
needed surgery. She was really enjoying her rawhide bone, but after
chewing it for several hours and breaking off little pieces, she
started to act strange. Even her facial expressions were different.
Zoe laid around,
soon began throwing up. She vomited every hour or so and
it was a
thick yellow liquid. This was on a Sunday so
I watched her closely. She had some diarrhea and of course
she also wouldn’t eat or drink.
The next day I called
my vet (after Zoe vomiting half the night) and by morning
she hadn’t gotten well. On calling the vets
office I told them what all she had eaten etc, the day before.
Then I was informed that rawhide bones are like feeding a
dog a leather belt! They do not digest well if at all in
Zoe may have a blockage and this was why she had been vomiting.
I had to work that day but the vet said if Zoe had not improved
by the time I got off from work to bring her into his office. I
prayed and when I got home, Zoe indeed was active again and drank
water and ate her supper. No more vomiting! Yahoo!!
I called the Hartz
pet products 1-800 number and all they did was to praise
and to tell me that this was a ‘one
in million chance of happening.’ They said dogs need
supervision when playing with toys or eating. Well I do supervise
but the point is: Rawhide bones and other rawhide products
do not digest and can damage a dog!.
I wonder how many dogs have gotten sick or died with causes unknown
due actually to rawhides? I gave them to my dogs over the years
for their pleasure and enjoyment as treats.
As I told Hartz, it
is not worth the risk to me….. now
that I am aware.
Rawhide bones/products need to have warning labels and I advised
them of that.
Normally I would have acted on a thing like this sooner, but last
year my Jack Russell 'Rufus' was attacked and killed by over 40
I spent over $1,600.00 trying to save his life. He had plasma
transfusions, oxygen etc., and they tried everything. Before he
died he vomited up 20 bees. I do wonder to this day if pumping
his stomach as soon as got to the vets could have saved him. They
said the venom would have been distributed on first contact, I
am not so sure that the dead bees weren't still toxic. No one knew
that bees had went inside of him.
I hope if anybody else's dogs are stung like Rufus was that they
will suggest/insist upon pumping the stomach. After he threw up
he went into cardiac arrest and died. My Rufus hung on for 3 days.
He was only one year old and weighed 11 pounds. They couldn't figure
out why he still seemed so poisoned after all of their efforts.
That is why I waited to take my Zoe to the vet, $$$$$ money.....
I hope this will help
save other dogs from harm.
IN MEMORY OR RUFUS ..
AND FOR ZOE WHO THANK GOD IS STILL WITH ME.