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    Are pigs ears bad?

    hi all i have just startyed given my two dachshund pig ears, are they bad for them and what other treat is better for them.
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    I give my dogs pig ears, but keep in mind that some dogs can not tolerate pork, sometimes it gives them runny poop.

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    Pig ears have always made my dogs ill. Therefore, I'm not a fan. It might be fine for other dogs though.

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    i think pig ears are great fore dogs it keeps ther teath healthy and thay think it tastes good my dogs git pig ears all the time thay love them and we have never had lose stools

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    I've heard of salamonella poisoning with pigs ears as well as other issues.

    I used to give them to my dogs, but they got the runs. So we just avoid them now.

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    i also too have a dachshund ad she loves pig ears..but the vet said they are crawling with bacteria that arnt good for the dog..especiall little once..so i would do it even if they liked it..there a many diffrent varieties of treats and teeth cleaners to give your dogs.

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    The only thing I have against it is.... the smell lmfao

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    My grandmother's chihuhua loved them. Just makes sure you take them away when they get small enough for them to swallow.

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    I Do Not Use Them For My Shepherds. Occasionaly I Get A Package Of Hoofs They Chew On They Stick But Outside They Are Ok. I Am So Leary Of Some Of The Treats Now Choking Dogs And Causing Illness And Blockages. I Give Mine A Raw Beef Soup Bone Or Knuckle Once A Week To Clean The Teeth Some And I Try And Brush Them Also. It Is Hard For Me As My Fingers Are So Crippled With Arthritis Without Any Help It Is An Incomplete Job Mostly. I Would Never Recommend Anything Made Of Rawhide Almost Lost A Boston Terrier Many Moons Ago, It Got Slimmy And He Tried To Swollow It Got Half Down And Finally I Kept Trying A Maneuver To Bring It Up To Grab It.



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    Excellent question! I have often wondered this myself. I have given my dogs pig ears on a couple of occasions and nothing went wrong, but they did get them on the sofa when they were all wet and soggy... yuck! Now I just stick to the larger chew bones. I've given my dogs a Dentabone on a few occasions, but the only problem with that is they they eat them completely in a matter of an hour or so. I'm afraid they will develop a blockage of some sort, so I stopped giving them as often.
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    One of our boxers did get one caught in his throat many years back, I haven't given them since. I do give the bully sticks and they love em
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    Another problem with pigs ears can be just the fat content. Too much fat can set the pancreas off for many dogs. You don't want to see that, nor have the vet bills for it either. I would be very very cautious with them.

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    i was told by the vet not to give them or raw hides to my pups b/c the might bite off a chunck/piece and it wouldnt digest fully, so i stopped even though they loved them.

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    I have a Papillon so my challenge is finding something small enough but for her chewing needs I give her the edible nylabones which she goes nuts for and they do come in a size for larger dogs. I also buy Bully Sticks which at 100% cow and they melt as they get soggy so no danger like with rawhide. Also, Nylabone makes a rubber spiked ball with holes and in the holes you put the little bone nubs that are too small for them to have and they just jam in that ball so they can still safely chew them, Lilly loves it!

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    Pig ears... they do smell horrible, and they look gross too. I feed my dogs boiled or grilled soup bones, Greenies, Dentabones and chewies called "Flossies". It's pretty much a thinner, coiled bullie stick... without the smell. I like to cook beef rib bones, and then some part of the leg. My boyfriend is a manager at a grocery store, so he gets the butcher to cut us bones, otherwise a leg bone would be waaaay to big for us to cook. A lot of grocery stores will sell precut bones for making soup broth, and I find that a lot of people will actually ask for bones to be cut for their dogs. I don't support raw food diets, so if you do this, make sure that everything is cooked through. Also, trim away any excess fat, I'm sure that your dogs would love homemade bones over pig ears!

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    I use to give my dog's Pig Ear's until I saw E-Vet on the Animal Planet about a couple of weeks ago. They had a dog they saw, which had eaten pig's ear's and it had gotten stuck in there thoat and also scratch it. They stated they were very against them, for he had 4 dog's who had died from eating pig's ear's, due to the pieces they tried to swallow. That suprised me but made sense. For I have seen one of my dog's choke on one of them. They tend to naw on them, and swallow them without chewin really well.

    So for me, I will not give my dog's pig's ears anymore.

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    Excellent question! I have often wondered this myself. I have given my dogs pig ears on a couple of occasions and nothing went wrong, but they did get them on the sofa when they were all wet and soggy... yuck! Now I just stick to the larger chew bones. I've given my dogs a Dentabone on a few occasions, but the only problem with that is they they eat them completely in a matter of an hour or so. I'm afraid they will develop a blockage of some sort, so I stopped giving them as often.

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    Having them get stuck in a dogs throat or digestive tract is the biggest problem with Pig's Ears.

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    My rotty eats them up. The beagle hides them...

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    If you've watched the Animal Planet recently, you may have seen an episode of the e-vet show where one of two dogs was suspected of eating a whole bag of pigs ears. Both dogs were forced to vomit, and let's say it was gross. I don't think I'll consider feeding pigs ears after that episode, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitney View Post
    Pig ears... they do smell horrible, and they look gross too. I feed my dogs boiled or grilled soup bones, Greenies, Dentabones and chewies called "Flossies". It's pretty much a thinner, coiled bullie stick... without the smell. I like to cook beef rib bones, and then some part of the leg. My boyfriend is a manager at a grocery store, so he gets the butcher to cut us bones, otherwise a leg bone would be waaaay to big for us to cook. A lot of grocery stores will sell precut bones for making soup broth, and I find that a lot of people will actually ask for bones to be cut for their dogs. I don't support raw food diets, so if you do this, make sure that everything is cooked through. Also, trim away any excess fat, I'm sure that your dogs would love homemade bones over pig ears!
    The only problem with cooking bones, is that after they are cooked they can splinter.

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