What is the difference between No-Hide and Rawhide?
Both rawhide and No-Hide chews are long-lasting chews that provide dogs with psychological satisfaction. But rawhide is made from poorly digestible hides culled from cows. Those hides are treated with many strong chemicals in order to reach the stage where they can be shaped and formed into the chews you see in stores. In contrast, No-Hide chews are made with food ingredients that are nutritious, highly digestible and completely healthy for your dog.
What is the kcals (calories) in No-Hides?
4″,7″,11″ and Stix No-Hides are packaged by weight. And because they are hand-made and each individual piece varies slightly, it’s hard to provide an exact calorie count by individual piece. However, we know that many pet parents want to know the calorie count of what they are feeding. In the table below, we’ve prepared the approximate calorie count per individual No-Hides.
|4″ No-Hide||7″ No-Hide||11″ No-Hide|
Chicken: Chicken, Chicken Gelatin, Brown Rice Flour, Organic Eggs, Olive Oil, Banana, Bromelain (Pineapple).
Salmon: Salmon, Vegetable Gelatin, Brown Rice Flour, Organic Eggs, Olive Oil, Banana, Bromelain (Pineapple).
Pork: Pork, Pork Gelatin, Brown Rice Flour, Organic Eggs, Olive Oil, Banana, Bromelain (Pineapple).
|Beef No Hide||3%|
|Chicken No Hide||2%|
|Salmon No Hide||5%|
|Pork No Hide||6%|
|TEACUP/SMALL DOGS/CATS up to 15lbs.||No-Hide™ STIX|
|MEDIUM DOGS – 15-45lbs.||No-Hide Bone – 4″|
|LARGE DOGS – 45-75lbs.||No-Hide Bone – 7″|
|GIANT DOGS – 75+lbs.||No-Hide Bone – 11″|
When it comes to buying chews for your dog, we encourage you to choose chews that are LARGER than the dog’s mouth. By using a much larger chew, your dog has to work at it, gnawing it down slowly because they can’t just fit large sections into their mouth at one time. This prevents gulping and breaking off large pieces.
Keep an eye out for the odd dog who decides to “unroll” the No-Hide. If your dog does unroll it, and just rips small pieces off to consume, there shouldn’t be a problem. If the dog is trying to swallow large, flat sections of No-Hide, be sure your dog is not gulping those pieces.
Be aware that dogs don’t actually have the physical capability to “chew” (as we humans think of it – i.e., flat molars that move back and forth and grind food down into smaller pieces). Dogs, because they don’t have flat teeth and don’t have jaws that work from side to side, simply gnaw (scrape the sides of larger items wearing that item down gradually) or, move food to their back, sharp teeth (not flat like ours), mash the piece once or twice, and then suck it down. So again, when choosing the best-sized chew, larger than their mouth is more appropriate and thus safer for the dog.
Remember that anything that goes in a dog’s mouth can become a choking hazard. That’s why it is incredibly important to supervise your dog’s every time you are giving treats or chews of any kind – be it No-Hide, real bones, bully sticks, pig’s ears, Greenies, even cookies. If you are not able to supervise, then we encourage you to wait and give them their chew when you can be present! Dogs who are known “gulpers” or aggressive chewers should be closely watched when they get a chew and if they don’t improve their “chew IQ”, they may need to forego chews.
I think my dog swallowed a No-Hide whole in one gulp. What should I do?
Anytime a dog swallows something whole, the primary concern is making sure that the object isn’t lodged in your dog’s throat. Here are some things to watch for to help you evaluate the situation:
- Is your dog breathing normally, generally alert, moving around normally and relaxed?
- Is your dog gasping or choking, standing stiff with his neck stretched forward, or swallowing excessively and with distress?
If your dog seems relaxed and normal, then it’s unlikely that the object is lodged in his throat. In that case, your concern is digestion. Because No-Hide is made with all human food ingredients, it is likely to begin to easily digest once it enters the stomach. Keep an eye out for anything unusual, but we don’t expect that you’ll have a problem.
If your dog is choking or gasping or in some kind of distress: if you feel that you can SAFELY put your hand in your dog’s mouth, then try to see if you can feel for the object and try to remove it. If you’re not able to get the object out, or if you are unsure about having your hand in your dog’s mouth, then it is important that you take your dog to the veterinarian IMMEDIATELY.
Chews provide dogs with dental benefits and significant psychological satisfaction. You know your dog better than anyone, so only you can decide if the benefits of chews outweigh the risks that may exist. Thank you all for trusting in us. And, happy chewing!