Treating your dog does not necessarily be a life and death affair. Indeed, this is a feat that you can easily achieve in the comfort of your home. All you have to do is to acquire the right knowledge and skills. How else is it possible for you to acquire those skills save for reading explanations of these kinds?
Rawhides are a possible solution for you. These are stiff untanned leather that may nonetheless serve as foods to your dogs. Our step-by-step processes here below endeavors to offer the inspiration necessary to do a better job.
How To Make Homemade Rawhide Bones For Dogs
Tools and Materials Required
- Sharp knife
- Hydrogen peroxide solution
- Baking trays
- Parchment paper
Step I: Acquire the rawhide from your butcher or slaughterhouse
Start off the entire exercise by acquiring the rawhide from your nearest butcher or slaughterhouse. The rawhide ought not to be too stale as it might not yield the nice outcomes you are desirous of. If possible, it should be as fresh as two days old.
A typical rawhide has two main parts. These are the outer layer that is rough and an inner layer that is soft, smooth and edible. You might have to seek technical expertise from your butcher to be able to understand it better.
Step II: Remove the hair and the fat
Upon getting your rawhide, go ahead to remove the hair and the fat. Use a sharp knife to remove the residual meat that exists on the hide. If the meat is persistent, you may have to use the chemical interventions to eliminate the residual meat.
Dip the hide in some harsh chemicals for the same to be de-haired. Then, rinse the hide thoroughly to eliminate the residual chemicals. Use clean water to flush out all the chemicals lest they compromise the health of your own dog.
Step III: Spilt the hide
Now, split the hide. We have already explained that a typical hide has two main parts. These are the top portion that goes to the leather industry and the bottom portion that is the one used as the rawhide. Discard the top portion to the tannery and retain the bottom portion.
Clean this bottom portion using the hydrogen peroxide solution or formaldehyde. Either chemical has the ability to greatly reduce the smell of the rotten and the putrefied leather. Wash out the chemicals using clean water to remove any excesses.
Step IV: Shape the rawhide
Move on to shape the rawhide. First and foremost, cut it in desired sizes. Then, roll it in the various sizes you want or are desirous of. Though not mandatory, you are strongly advised to add some glue so that they don’t come apart.
Again, this last procedure is completely unnecessary. However, you are yet again asked to finish the outer layers of the rawhide with a smooth color. You may also decorate it appropriately to coincide with the exact needs of your dogs.
Step V: Cook the rawhide
Get to the core of the business now. Cook the rawhide to make it tender and digestible. Boil some water on the stove. Add some Sodium, in moderate quantities though, as too much Sodium is detrimental to the health of your dog altogether.
It is also wise of you to add some flavor principally in the form of salt and condiments. While at this stage, you should be mindful of the preferences and allergies of your dogs. Do not put a condiment that is harmful to it.
Use a pair of tongs to place each respective piece of rawhide in the boiling water. Stack the rawhides to a level not exceeding a quarter of the pot.
Wait thereafter for the rawhides to boil until they begin to curl at the edges. This should start happening around 30 minutes after the commencement of the cooking exercise.
Step VII: Serve the rawhides
At the conclusion of the boiling process, you now have to serve the rawhide. To do this, you will bring in the baking trays and the tongs. Adorn the trays using the parchment paper.
Use your tongs to eliminate the rawhides from the boiling water one at a time. Shake off excess moisture to see to it that the resultant bones are completely dry.
Place each piece flat on the tray, one after another. Do not stack as this will compromise the drying process. Cover the entire tray with some clean and transparent materials to prevent the intrusion of any germs.
Step VIII: Leave the rawhides overnight
You are advised to leave the rawhide untouched overnight. This is to allow them to dry and become cool enough for your dog to eat them. Change the parchment papers if they do become too wet or soaked.
Be sure to use only clean hands as you touch the rawhides as the use of contaminated hands might only worsen the situation. Keep the rawhides away from the contaminations of any germs or harmful insects.
Step IX: Store the rawhide bones safely
Lastly, you have to store the rawhide bones safely. Use airtight containers or sealed plastic bags to do this job. Tuck them at the back of your pantry or in the fridge as far away from any source of moisture as can possibly be.
Do not let the entries to the place you have stored the food be open unnecessarily. Instead, you want to shut off the door fully and tightly. You should be mindful of the humidity levels though as they determine to a great extent the longevity of the stored foods.
Our long and laborious step-by-step explanation of how to make homemade rawhide bones for dogs comes to an end there. We are now confident that you have what it takes to do a good job. Still not sure how to take on from where we have left?
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Laura Barnes is a passionate blogger and animal rights activist. She is a pet lover, certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, pet nutritionist, and former veterinary technician. She continues her work while writing blogs for pet lovers around the globe.