If you paused briefly in slight shock when reading that I gave my dogs rawhide – I get it. I had a similar reaction when I noticed the rawhide square that was part of the treat sample I received from K9RawFeeding!
Surely, it must have made it in there by mistake..after all, I have refused to give my pups rawhide snacks for the longest time since I didn’t want them to be exposed to the chemical cocktail rawhides are typically treated with.
Disclaimer: K9sOverCoffee received a free 4×4″ organic rawhide from K9RawFeeding‘s Su Cahill in return for an honest review. Here on K9sOverCoffee, I only share information I feel is relevant to my readers & always provide 100% honest reviews. K9RawFeeding is not responsible for the content of this blog post.
What Exactly Is A Rawhide Chew?
Rawhide is the inner soft hide or skin of an animal.
Traditional rawhide chews are whitened with bleach and/or stronger chemical solutions, made to last with artificial preservatives, and treated with synthetic flavors to entice dogs to chew on them.
Whenever I think of rawhides, the picture that comes to mind is that of thick, white bones:
Traditional, white rawhide chew (not recommended)
How Is The Organic Rawhide Different?
The first visual difference that struck me was the amber color of our organic rawhide. Right after that, its flatness and form – it was square! I always thought rawhides had to be thick and came in the shape of a bone. #NeverStopLearning
Amber Colored Organic Rawhide From K9rf.com
Su informed me that no glue and no artificial flavors or preservatives were used in producing this rawhide, and that it was hand washed, stretched on a wooden frame & dehydrated by the sun!
Since it doesn’t contain any preservatives, it’s best kept in the fridge – which is exactly where I kept it for about 2 months. When I pulled it out of the drawer I thaw the pups’ raw meat in, it looked just as beautiful as it did when it first arrived.
Missy In Awe Of Her Organic Rawhide
Can It Be A Choking Hazard For My Dog?
While the organic rawhide is completely digestible, I strongly suggest to supervise your pup’s chewing – the same goes for any chew, for that matter.
If large chunks were broken off and swallowed whole, your dog could indeed choke on the piece of rawhide. I’ve made it a habit of supervising my pups’ chewing at all times, from their bully sticks to their raw meaty bones.
Buzz is fairly good about chewing slowly, but Missy sometimes has a tendency of wanting to swallow food whole. When I notice that she seems a little too eager to finish a chew, I’ll hold one end of it, forcing her to slow down.
Side note: I was pleasantly surprised that this rawhide didn’t break into smaller pieces that would have been tempting to swallow whole.
Missy Enjoying Her Organic Rawhide From K9RawFeeding
Special Offer For K9sOverCoffee Readers
Su’s rawhides come in two different sizes – 4×4″ and 6×6″. She was kind enough to create a coupon code for you, dear readers, giving you free shipping on your first order of treats from K9RawFeeding – use coupon code K9SOVERCOFFEE.
Not only am I excited to have found yet another single-ingredient chew for my pups, I’m also stoked to have broadened my horizon and learned that “healthy” and “rawhide chews” don’t have to be oxymorons.
It took Missy about 30 mins to demolish this particular 4×4″ organic rawhide, which is a good while for her (she’s a strong chewer), so I’m pleased with its durability. I’ll have to give the 6×6″ hide a try and see how long that one lasts.
Have you heard of organic rawhides? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!