When choosing a rawhide it is important to always check the label. Rawhides not made in America stand a much greater chance that toxic chemicals were used during manufacture. It is actually fairly common practice for foreign manufacturers to use harsh chemical baths in stripping and cleaning the hides. Some manufacturers even bleach rawhides which have begun to spoil in order to maintain that fresh white look. The residues left from these processes pose an unnecessary risk to your dogs health. After learning all of this we had just about sworn off rawhides until we discovered USA Beefhide Heavyweight Dog Bones.
These rawhides are manufactured by Pet Factory right here in America, using only American sourced hide. They are even refrigerated during transport to prevent the need for chemical additives. These rawhides were also among the recommended brands in The Whole Dog Journal.
I must admit that these are not the cheapest rawhides you will find. However alongside the assurance of safety, you will quickly notice a difference in quality. Heavyweights are significantly thicker than the average rawhide. This makes your money go much further as your dog will have hours of enjoyment.
Bones and rawhides are a passion of Harleys. He takes them very seriously and is a true connoisseur. With that being said, he has developed an ability to consume just about any rawhide in under an hour. These heavyweights are a different story. Whenever Harley gets a new Heavyweight, he simply cannot put it down. He chews and chews, and is even know to forgo sleep and continue well into the night. Despite the valiant effort, he can not finish these in one sitting. I would estimate that he gets a good 10-12 hours of solid chewing out ofeach rawhide.
These rawhides are one of Harleys favorite things in life. They come in a variety of sizes from small to the comically large. Not only are they safe, but they are long lasting and thus well worth the higher price.