Thousands of dogs die each year by choking on rawhide bones and treats.

Thousands of dogs die each year by choking on rawhide bones and treats.

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Nancy Freitag started this petition to HGTV

Tell HGTV to stop using rawhide bones as decoration in dog spaces when designing homes. Viewers believe it's ok to give them as treats if HGTV is using them as props, but rawhide is far from safe. Thousands of dogs choke to death on rawhide every year because people simply are not aware of the life-ending dangers. Dogs can chew off chunks of rawhide which then gets lodged in their throat or intestines, causing blockage and emergency surgery. People are too often not aware of the danger until it is too late. HGTV is a popular network which is able to set a good example by not using them in their remodeling shows and by using safe alternative dog toys, kongs and treats instead of rawhide. Another reason why rawhides are dangerous is because they are made with deadly poisons and in unregulated foreign countries, particularly China and Thailand. The caustic chemicals used to make rawhides, such as arsenic and formaldehyde, often remain in the rawhide after processing, which means they are then consumed by your pet. Additionally, laboratory tests have shown that rawhides manufactured in Asian countries often contain skins of dogs, instead of the skins of cows or pigs, which can be even more harmful for your dog. There are other safe options just research "safe alternatives to rawhide" and don't allow rawhide to be given to your dog and tell HGTV to stop using rawhide bones in their shows which have redesigned dog spaces.

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