Beef Hooves for Dogs

Cow Hooves for Dogs
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Last week, we discussed pig ear dog chews. Today, let’s talk about the advantages and disadvantages of cow hooves for dogs. People’s opinions on this particular chew vary, so it’s important to determine if cow hooves are suitable for your pet.

The Benefits of Cow Hooves

If your dog loves to chew for extended periods, cow hooves will be a delight. These hooves are highly durable, lasting a full day even for dogs with a strong chewing habit. That’s a significant amount of time for a dog chew.

Not only are cow hooves long-lasting, but they are also relatively inexpensive. A single hoof costs less than a dollar, and when bought in bulk, the price per hoof decreases. You can find cow hooves at most pet stores and online retailers, including those sourced from cows bred and raised in the USA.

Considered a natural product, cow hooves are the authentic hooves of cows. After a cow is slaughtered, the hooves are sold to pet food suppliers who meticulously clean, shave, and dry them for resale. The hollowed-out hooves are perfect for stuffing with cheese or peanut butter.

Drawbacks of Cow Hooves

The most significant downside of cow hooves for dogs is the smell. Cow hooves have a strong odor, which becomes more intense when they are chewed. This smell can linger on carpets for days or even weeks.

Pet owners often return home, catch a whiff, and mistakenly assume their dogs had an accident indoors, only to find a partially chewed cow hoof. Yes, cow hooves do have a very distinct smell. Consider yourself warned! 🙂 While this odor may be unpleasant to humans, dogs are naturally attracted to strong-smelling objects.

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Like all durable dog chews, there are potential risks to consider. Cow hooves can splinter and develop sharp edges, which may lead to tooth fractures, gum lacerations, choking, and digestive obstructions. Dogs also tend to become unusually thirsty after chewing on cow hooves, possibly due to the act of chewing or additives present.

Safety Tips for Cow Hoof Chews

For dogs that are moderate chewers, cow hooves are an excellent choice. However, for power chewers, extra caution is necessary. Light chewers may find these chews too tough and lose interest.

Always supervise your dog when chewing on toys or chews, regardless of their previous experience with these items. Every ten minutes or so, interrupt the chewing session and exchange the cow hoof for a piece of hot dog or cheese. This interaction not only allows you to inspect the chew for any splinters, large fragments, or sharp edges but also prevents resource guarding and encourages good manners in your dog. During the break, take a moment to check your dog’s mouth and gums for any signs of bleeding or chipped teeth.

Once a cow hoof has been chewed down to a small nugget, it’s advisable to discard it to prevent your dog from swallowing the remaining piece. Remember, any type of chew can potentially be harmful, so supervision is crucial.

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