Are Rawhide Treats or Toys Safe for Golden Retrievers?

Roberto Manzotti

You can find rawhide treats and toys in almost all of the major pet stores all over the world.

In fact, they’re quite popular.

But, in the recent times a lot of popular and reputed pet toys and food companies have come under scrutiny because the materials and ingredients used to make them have been proved to be harmful to dogs.

Since your Golden Retriever is the apple of your eye, it’s best to be cautious.

Chewing is an instinct that comes to Golden Retrievers naturally.

In this blog post, we’ll answer the question, “Can I give my Golden Retriever Rawhide treats or toys?” and help you determine whether or not they’re safe for your furry friend.

So, without further ado, let’s just get started.

Let’s begin!



Are Rawhide Treats and Toys a Good Investment for Golden Retrievers?

Let’s be real.

The truth is that rawhide products are very popular and widely available. They get the job done and successfully curb your Golden Retriever’s urge to chew. You can even say that they're good for your dog's dental hygiene.

But, rawhide is more dangerous for your dog than you think.

Did you know that some studies have linked rawhide to gastrointestinal issues in dogs?

We feel that it is best for you to get your Golden Retriever a dog toy from a reputed and trusted dog toy brand.

Why Rawhide Toys are Popular

One of the reasons why rawhide products are so popular is because they have their advantages. These, for instance, include:

  • Dogs love these toys and treats

  • Rawhide gets the work done by satisfying your Golden Retriever’s urges

  • Rawhide products are affordable

This is why you find these all over the market.

rawhide toys dogs

Why Rawhide Toys Aren’t a Good Idea

As I mentioned before, Rawhide isn’t really the best idea for your Golden Retriever. The reasons include:

  • These break into smaller pieces because of easy wear and tear and can be a choking hazard

  • Swallowing a small splinter of Rawhide products can expand your dog’s stomach

  • These products aren’t consistent in quality as are made in several countries


All About the Formaldehyde

Did you know that Rawhide products require a large number of chemicals that are harmful to your Golden Retriever while manufacturing?

In fact, some random studies show that these products may even contain formaldehyde in them!

According to the EPA, formaldehyde has been shown to cause cancer in animals. Other conditions such as anemia, liver and kidney damage can also be caused if your Golden Retriever is exposed to the chemical.

This is true for toys that are manufactured out of the United States. So, if you’re getting Rawhide products for your Golden Retriever, you should ensure that they’re manufactured in the US to be safe.

Rawhide products that are available on a hefty discount aren’t safe!

If the price is too good to be true, you shouldn’t take the awesome deal as you may be gambling with your Goldy’s health.

Final Words

Getting a Rawhide product is like gambling with your Golden retriever’s health.

These products are cheap and readily available. They’re popular with dog owners as they get the job done. But they do so at the cost of your Goldy’s health.

Rawhide products aren’t consistent when it comes to quality. This is because they’re manufactured in different countries. One bad batch is all it takes to get your Golden Retriever sick!

So, play it safe and stick to a trusted and reputable brand instead.

I hope I answered your question in this post! If you still have a question, leave it in the comments section…

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