Exer-Hide Chews and Bones Are Killing Dogs

Warning To Dog Owners

Walmart, and other outlets throughout the US, UK and the world in general, are selling rawhide dog chews called Exer-Hide. These chews are been causing major seizures and even deaths among many dogs. When I searched the Internet, I found screens of reports going back to December last year in volume, and one was dated May 2007, yet Walmart and the other outlets are continuing to sell this lethal product unabated.

Exer-Hide chews kill dogsThese chews are manufactured in Brazil. The symptoms after dogs have eaten the chews are: severe diarrhea and vomiting, causing dehydration, difficulty breathing, fever and seizures. My search revealed many deaths.

I also read repeated reports of people contacting Walmart and warning of the dangers associated with Exer-Hide Chews, yet they remain on the store’s shelves for sale.

I have a couple of official sources where I shall be reporting this issue, and I’ll update this post should there be any further developments. I the meanwhile, DON’T BUY Exer-Hide products, and pass this warning on to your friends and family with dogs.

**Additional Information**
4PetsOnline has made an official report to the FDA about Exer-Hide Chews. I shall await with interest to see if these products are added to their list of official recalls.

Whilst on the FDA website, I also found the following pet products under recalls:

  • Digger’s Natural Chews – Pig Ear Pet Treats – Salmonella
  • PrimeTime, KC Beefhide – Pig Ears – Salmonella
  • Keys Manufacturing Company – Pig Ears for Pet Treats – Salmonella
  • PrimeTime brand – Premium Pig Ears – Salmonella

It really does seem that at the moment, you need to pay particular attention to the safety of the dog treats you are buying for your pets.

Keep watching for any further updates on this issue…

58 comments for “Exer-Hide Chews and Bones Are Killing Dogs

  1. April 26, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Hi Beverly – thanks for the kind words which I appreciate very much.

  2. bob
    April 27, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I just carried my dead dog out, she had an exer-hide rawhide bone yesterday. it appears to have been a seizure of some sort because she was fine last night. I urge everyone who loves their family members to rid your house of these killers, Walmart and exer-hide

  3. April 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Bob – I’m so very sorry to hear about your loss, you must be devastated. I hope it’s read by “Barrett”, who, a few comments above went to great lengths to castigate me for this post, and the fact that I mention Walmart for their continuing sales. The fact that this product continues to be on sale appalls me.


  4. Roberta Brayton
    October 23, 2013 at 5:55 am

    I won’t be buying these anymore. My dog started swallowing the end of it without chewing, that can’t be good either! Thank you for starting this website and helping save dogs lives.

  5. Jeff
    October 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    We have given our two labs exer-hides previously without issue. But this time both are sick: vomiting and the runs. They won’t eat or drink. We purchased these crews at Wal-mart. They are listed as being made it china. We are considering taking both to the vet once I found this information.

  6. ed skaggs
    October 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    After giving our maltese an exerhide dog rawhide chew he was terribly ill vomiting and diarrhea. He is still sick today, hopefully he makes it through ok

  7. October 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I bought a package of Exer-hides today at Walmart. I didn’t know about the problems with them until my dogs started vomiting all over house. We have ten dogs of all breeds, sizes, and ages and it seems most of them were affected by these chews. The smallest , a 4lb chihuahua, threw up what looked to be tinged with blood. She is in my lap, wheezing slightly and not wanting to eat. We are going to keep the rest of the bag for testing and pray that no other furry children are harmed.

  8. my dog almost died too
    October 31, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I am equally appalled at the FDA for not even responding to my report that included my veterinarians diagnosis and the lab results of the blood work done on my Chihuahua mix that nearly died from eating only a half of a small exer-hide knotted rawhide chew from Brazil in the Exer-hide bag.

    The dog’s blood work revealed a toxic reaction and the only thing she had been fed that day was the exer-hide. I had not yet given her “breakfast” and instead of coming to get me to go feed her, she dropped almost lifeless at my feet. A few moments later she began to breathe and then behaved as if she were having a small seizure and was very weak and then later vomited.

    X rays revealed no large pieces stuck in her throat or any form of choking issue, this was an issue of toxicity.

    I think that there is something terribly wrong with the fact that this is not being taken seriously by some people because they haven’t had the misfortune for their dog to be stricken by those chews.

    Do not let the fact that your dog has chewed these regularly for a long time make you think you’re safe. my dog had a rawhide chew every day for a couple of years, all it takes is one horrific episode. I don’t want any other animals to go through what my little baby went through.

    or worse

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