Rawhide is a common ingredient used in a variety of dog treats and dog chew bones. Some owners give their dogs rawhide bones and treats to help prevent tartar and plaque buildup. However, in recent years studies have shown that rawhide is not easily digestible in some dogs and may cause more harm than good. If you’re considering a rawhide bone or treat for your German Shepherd, talk with your vet first. Some dogs have no trouble digesting rawhide and do well with the treats and snacks. Other dogs, however, may experience stomach pain and discomfort. If you’re not sure what to do, talk with your vet about rawhide alternative treats such as those made with organic vegetables. They provide they same great taste and help keep teeth clean and are easier to digest. One example brand is SmartBones. Talk with your Falls Village Veterinary Hospital in Wake Forest, NC for more suggestions.