English Bulldogs and Rawhide Treats

February 22, 2008

Jan, another question.

I have read conflicting reports on the net about Bullies and Rawhides. Roxie absolutely loves the Pig Ear style and small stick rawhides. When she has them, we always monitor her and never leave her alone or put one in her crate with her. Is it OK for her to have them, or is it too risky, as some say they pose a high risk for choking?

Erik

—–answer——-

Hi Eric,

My opinion is never let an English Bulldog have a rawhide, pig’s ear, or greenie.
Not even if the rawhide is the particulate type. Bulldogs do love them because
they are quite tasty but to me it’s not worth the risk, even if you are watching
Roxie she could swallow it whole.

The problem is the bulldog tends to inhale, not chew, and they can get lodged in the
throat or worse in the stomach or intestines. Rawhide expands in the stomach and can
kill a bulldog who swallows chunks of it.

I learned this the hard way, twice having to do the heimlich on my first bulldog. She
inhaled a rawhide and it got stuck in her throat. On another occasion she dug up my
neighbor’s dog’s rawhide and ate it without my knowledge.  She regurgitated it
onto the carpet about 4 hours later.

A dog has a reflex at the back of the stomach that causes the to throw up
things that cannot be digested, but it does not always ensure your dogs
won’t be harmed by ingesting the wrong thing.

As for greenies, they don’t dissolve when swallowed whole and can get stuck in
a bulldog’s intestines. I’ve heard of a case from my breeder where a Greenie had
to be surgically removed from a bulldog puppy’s stomach (at a cost of $3000).

Rope toys may be shredded and if they eat them, you can
get the same stomach problem. So you need to keep an eye on them with a rope
toy.

I’ve found the Kong toys to be the most durable. You can put something tasty
like peanut butter inside and it will keep Roxie occupied for quite a while.

I’ve found it best to err on the side of caution.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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One Response to “English Bulldogs and Rawhide Treats”

  1. roxiesmomma Says:

    Hi! I’m a new Olde English Bulldogge momma and our puppy (also named Roxie) is 8 weeks old. We continue to buy her a rather large selection of chew toys and she still prefers to eat us our our clothes. We have a kong that the cats enjoy much more than Roxie does! Her favorite toy so far is the mini greenie and the rings. There are three rings of different material connected together in a triangle shape. Is this just a phase? Are we confusing her with too much variety?
    Thanks in advance for your answers.

    Oh, on a side note, although she already knows her name, Roxie comes running fastest when we call…”Here kitty kitty!” The 3 cats in our house all get treats and Roxie lines up for hers as well.


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