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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-02-2019, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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No Pig Ears

I don't know if this has already been posted, and I know many have said that they don't feed their dog these things (probably because of past issues I'm guessing), but new owners like me may not know. Don't feed your pup pig ears as treats! Here's a link that was posted by my vet clinic on Facebook today:

CDC's warning: Salmonella

I've only given pig ears once to Zeus, and that was maybe two or three months ago, and I haven't since. We've since learned that he has a food sensitivity, and currently only gets hypoallergenic treats that are the same brand as his prescription food. Nothing else goes in his gut, including all natural edible chews.
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If he has a hypersensitivity and is on an HP or HA diet I wouldn't be giving him pigs ears (I don't give them because they re very fatty--the occasional dog gets them soggy from chewing and try to gulp them down and sometimes can't do that and you find yourself doing an emergency extraction of a blockage from the throat and sometimes you don't know what they were cured in and many of them have been found to have salmonella (and even though dogs have infinitely stronger digestive systems than people I don't want my dogs coping with stuff like that.

The other things I don't give are rawhide treats--I don't care where they came from and who made them and how safe they are--I've had many of my dogs end up with diarrhea from raw hide treats. And hooves--which most dogs love can be chewed by a dog until the hoof edges are like razors and a friend of mine a vet tech told me about an awful surgery they had to do to repair a bunch of lacerations in the mouth and throat--not to long after she told me about it we got a similar case in the clinic where I work. Normally that would be the kind of thing we'd send out for specialty surgery but there wasn't time for this dog--he needed surgery right then!

I'm sure there are other things I don't feed but I can't think of them at the moment--if you think of any you want to know about just ask--one of us long timers can probably tell you if it's safe or not...

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I'm getting so I don't feed anything as a treat except real people stuff out of my kitchen (and cheese, and hot dogs, and luncheon meat, and...) but you know, no cured rawhide, ears, hooves, bully sticks, antlers, etc that you get at pet supply places. So often whatever it is seems to disagree with my dogs...nothing huge, just diarrhea a time or two. Which is a bother to try to pick up when I'm out walking.

Hairy Dog isn't picky about chewing on nylabone kinds of things (the dobes would never even pick them up or try them), though he doesn't particularly like kongs or other rubber chews. I'm guessing all he had in his prior life was artificial chew toys At least, he seems content with what I've given him.
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Yup... No pigs ears. And, I used to buy mine from our local butcher/smoker/game processor. My boys, even the one's with a "cast-iron" stomach often had problems with them. I also never treat with "bully sticks" (beef pizzle) anymore either. Same problem.

Also, with 2 boys, such an absurdly high value treat, tended to create some serious rescue guarding.

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@dobebug He doesn't get pig ears or anything but his hypo treats anymore. The ears I referenced were given to him before we learned about his food sensitivities I'm glad we only gave him that one time!

I've never given rawhide because somewhere at some point in my life I was told they weren't good for dogs and could cause internal blockages, and for Zeus in particular I'm afraid he'd choke on them because he likes to gobble things down. I tried an alternative to rawhide chew before, supposedly easier to digest, but it gave him diarrhea. Pretty sure it was made from pork. I stay away from pork now.

Bully sticks are another one of those "we used to give, but not anymore" things. We gave them way more often then anything else because he loved them and we thought they were ok because they were 100% beef pizzle. They never gave him diarrhea or anything, but now with his restrictive diet that finally has his poops back to normal, I'm afraid to reintroduce anything, even if it gave him no problems before. I'm also afraid to transition him off of the prescribed food (the vet said to try it for 2 or 3 months) because he's done so well on it! Right now he's in Hill's ZD and our plan is to transition to Hill's Sensitive Stomach Chicken and Rice next month.

The only chews this guy is going to get are Kong chews! Durable rubber is definitely our friend.
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These are the facts about RAWHIDE. 95 % of it is manufactured in either Mexico or China. There are no rules, regulations, ect, governing how it is manufactured from these countrys then brought into the United States. It is pure garbage. The other 5% in manufactored in the U.S.A. by only 2 companys and is perfectly safe for your pets because of the strict proceses imposed within this country. How do I know this? I have been working the last 8 years for Wholesome Hide in Dolton Illinois for a life long friend that has been in business for the past 20 years.

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