A dog has died. The treat stuck in the dog’s throat – which killed her – is sold to consumers as a “healthier alternative to Rawhide”. However…a PhD leather expert told us No-Hide dog treat “is absolutely rawhide split material.”
Found all over the Earth Animal website – manufacturer of No-Hide dog treat – are statements claiming the dog treat is made without hide…claims stating the treat is NOT rawhide.
Does the “No-Hide” dog treats REALLY “contain NO animal hides”?
Provided to TruthaboutPetFood.com was an analysis report from “Waldo Kallenberger, Ph.D. Leather Chemist”. Full report linked below. Excerpts from the report…
The two dog bones were received by Priority Mail Delivery on Saturday, July 8th, 2017. The samples arrived in a regular plastic (bubble type) envelope with the samples still sealed (un-opened) in commercial package (plastic bag). Each roll was right at 6 inches long and just over 1 inch in diameter. When soaked in water overnight, the material softened and could be unrolled. The resulting white sheet was 6 inches wide, 10 inches long and just over ¼ inch thick. The sheet was strong (could not be torn or broken by hand), intact (one continuous sheet), and very similar in feel, color, and shape to numerous other dog “bone” chews made from dried hide pieces that were soaked and treated at the same time.
Visual examination of the white sheet of wet material revealed that it was fibrous with natural structural features of hide material. Cross-sections of the thickness of the material confirmed under the microscope that the material had blood vessels, flesh residual and a lack of grain layer tissue (typical hide split material commonly used in dog “bone” chews). These structures were intact and natural, definitely not composite products made from paste or ground collagen.
Given the size, thickness and physical structure of the “bone” material in this “No-Hide” product, the material is absolutely rawhide split material. Such a material of this size with this size fibers and this thickness could only come from a large animal skin.
To read the full report – Click Here.
Dr. Kallenberger explains in his analysis that “cross sections” of the dog treat were “confirmed under the microscope that the material had blood vessels, flesh residual and a lack of grain layer tissue (typical hide split material commonly used in dog “bone” chews). However, the glassy appearance of the raw material (typical) made identification of the structures slightly difficult. Therefore samples were delimed, pickled and tanned with chrome to add color and definition to the physical structures.” (“Tanned with chrome” is a process used to make leather.)
Those images – with Dr. Kallenberger’s notes written on them are as follows…
With “mild chrome” to add color and definition to the physical structures…
And with “more chrome” to add color and definition to the physical structures…
Also provided to TruthaboutPetFood.com is DNA analysis performed on No-Hide Salmon Chews. The company website lists ingredients as follows: “Salmon, Vegetable Gelatin, Brown Rice Flour, Organic Eggs, Olive Oil, Banana, Bromelain (Pineapple).*Gelatin is naturally sourced and aids with digestion.”
Ingredients do NOT include a beef ingredient – yet…DNA analysis found the majority of the product analyzed as “Bos taurus” – beef.
Analysis was as follows:
Sample #: No Hide Salmon Chew
Description: Dried Dog Chew Product
Method: DNA Species Identification SAP 17236
Instrument: Ion torrent Personal Genome Machine Next Generation DNA Sequencer
Results: The sample was analyzed using a universal animal DNA test, which identified it as Bos taurus. DNA from other animal species was also detected in relatively low abundance.
(Original post included the full lab results. At the request of the lab the original document has been removed. Above are exact excerpts of the results.)
And we received a different lab DNA analysis of No-Hide Salmon Chews and No-Hide Chicken Chews. The company website lists ingredients for the No-Hide Chicken Chews as follows: “Chicken Chews: Chicken, Chicken Gelatin, Brown Rice Flour, Organic Eggs, Olive Oil, Banana, Bromelain (Pineapple).”
Again, ingredients do NOT include a beef ingredient – yet…DNA analysis confirmed both treats contained beef. Click Here to view the DNA analysis.
Two different labs confirmed beef in two varieties of No-Hide Chews that did not include beef in the ingredient listing; DNA analysis appears to confirm Dr. Kallenberger’s analysis that the treats are “rawhide split material” “from a large animal skin” – cow skin…cow hide…beef raw hide.
This is Dumplin…
Dumplin’s family read the claims on the dog treat…“healthy alternative to rawhide”, “natural alternative to rawhide”, “no hide”, “no leather”, “100% human grade ingredients”… They trusted those claims. But…
WRDW television provided an interview with Dumplin’s owner. In the image below – the treat on the right – is what was pulled from Dumplin’s airway…
Dumplin died. Needless to say, the family is devastated.
The treat removed from Dumplin’s airway is being analyzed now. When known, those results will be shared.
I spoke with Mr. Chris Moore of Earth Animal today (7/27/17). I have emailed with Dr. Bob Goldstein of Earth Animal today as well. Dr. Goldstein provided the USDA establishment number where the treats are manufactured; I called the facility and confirmed the treats are indeed made at this facility. With my conversation with Chris Moore, he seemed sincere in his belief that the treats were not rawhide. I informed him that a great deal of scientific evidence does show that the treats appear to be rawhide. He assured me Earth Animal would fully investigate.
Dumplin’s family and all consumers deserve a full investigation and some answers.
All of the above information was provided to/reported to FDA and to multiple State Department of Agriculture offices. If the analysis and DNA analysis provided is confirmed of these dog treats by authorities, the treats would be considered mislabeled and will likely be recalled. We’ll have to wait for authorities to confirm and take action.
So what do you think? Is this treat Hide or ‘No-Hide’?
Addition added 7/31/2017:
The pet owner did not leave this dog alone with the bone. The dog had been chewing on the bone for about 60 minutes in the same room as the pet owner, in full sight of the pet owner. At this time the pet owner joined a work conference call – dog was still in the room with her. Within moments of joining the conference call she noticed the dog got up and walked outside and sat in the grass. Was there only for a few minutes, and then returned to the room the owner was in. Due to windows all across the room – the dog was in constant sight of the pet owner. She laid down on the floor – the owner noticed the treat was gone. The dog then went to the couch and laid down – there for just a few minutes, then returned to the floor. When the dog left the couch the owner ended her conference call – getting off the couch was the behavior that alerted the pet owner that something wasn’t right. She opened the dog’s mouth and it was full of foam. They immediately took the dog to the emergency veterinarian which is 1 1/2 miles away. The dog jumped into the car, happy to go for a ride. The dog walked into the vet’s office and walked back to the exam room. She was sedated and the chew was removed from her throat. Her heart stopped just after this procedure – CPR was performed and was successful. Vet records state “Two view CXR performed which revealed aspiration in the cranioventral lung field.” She continued to go downhill and died that evening.
As some are judging this pet owner without knowing the accurate details – the above was necessary to add.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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