Why we love it:
Goodman Tasman’s company began as a producer of raw cattle hides for the leather industry in 1947. The company was known for it’s quality, reliability, and beauty. In 2007, the Louisville, Kentucky based company acquired a tannery in Hartford, Wisconsin and began to develop the bison raw hides into chew treats for dogs.
Tasman’s is dedicated to quality. The bison are raised entirely without antibiotics or growth hormones. They live on family ranches predominantly the way they did thousands of years ago, grazing on the pesticide free prairies of the north and west. Tasman’s Natural Pet line includes premium bison rawhide chews and soft meat treats.
Why Tasman's bison chews are great for your dog:
Bison are truly natural animals, raised sustainably and humanely without antibiotics or growth hormones. While they're ranch raised, the live predominately the way they did thousands of years ago - grazing on the pesticide free prairies of North America.
In a nutshell, bison is:
- high in protein
- high in iron and B-12
- lower in cholesterol
- lower in fat
- raised without hormones
- raised without antibiotics
- low to non-allergenic
- raised in America
- Tasman's only uses USDA inspected bison
Read more about the difference in Tasman's rawhide chews and others here.
Frequently Asked Questions:
This is one of the most often asked questions and one of the most misrepresented by the multitudes of internet "experts" blogging and posting on the web. The Short answer is: Yes, rawhide is completely digestible. Consider this: If you eat Anything made from Gelatin or Collagen, such as sausage casings, you are eating either cow hide, or pork skin - or likely a combination of both. The Skin of a bovine or porcine are the main ingredients in making gelatin and collagen. Our Bison hides could just as easily end up in your child's next gummy bear or marshmellow, or the capsule containing your herbal supplement, if we were not saving them exclusively for our rawhide dog chews. In regards to our Bison rawhide dog chews, the key to speed and ease of digestion is Surface Area. If your dog chews and shaves the rawhide as they are intended, the rawhide will digest and your pet will have no issues, as long as they are not allergic, or have an underlying condition. If, however, a dog were to gulp a large chunk, particularly a tied up knot, the lack of surface area in proportion to the volume of rawhide will slow digestion considerably. For this reason, we ask all pet owners to supervise their dog when giving them our bison rawhide chews. If you notice they are not shaving the rawhide and are trying to gulp them, or carry them around without gnawing on them, rawhide chews of any kind may not be suitable for him or her. And please remember to always make plenty of fresh clean water available.
If your dog hasn't had rawhide before, you'll want to introduce it slowly, just as you would a new food. A dog's stomach has many bacteria that play an important role in digestion. Any sudden change or addition to food or treats can cause changes in the number and type of bacteria and their ability to digest food or treats. These changes lead to intestinal upset and frustration for pet parents. Introduce new chews or treats gradually. For rawhide chews, give your dog the chew for 5 minutes (or less depending on the dog's ability to chew) then take it away for awhile. Build up time with the new chew over several days. For treats, limit the number of treats to just one or two and build on that over time. To further improve your dog's ability to digest this new chew/treat, give Prudence Absolute Immunity or pumpkin after he enjoys his new chew or treat.
The answer is due to our limited processing. We do not use heavy duty industrial de-greasers, thus some of our Bison Hides will retain a slightly higher fat content than typical beef rawhides have. When these higher fat content rawhides are dried, the fat darkens, sometime extremely dark. We understand the appearance may not be as pretty as the majority of our rawhides, but they are fine for your pet. It should be noted that many "basted" rawhides are done so to cover up the more "ugly" darkened rawhides. Ours included. We have ceased to produce the basted rawhides, thus occasionally you may encounter one. If you ever receive one of our Bison Rawhides and you are not happy with the appearance, we will replace it, no questions asked.
No. In fact, we send samples from each lot to an independent laboratory in Memphis Tennessee. The results of those tests are on our website. Bleach (Chlorine) is NEVER, EVER used. We do use FDA Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, Enzymes and a smidgen of Food Grade Salt to eliminate any bacteria. We do not use any harmful bacteriacides such as arsenic or formaldehyde. We also do not add any coloring agents, such as titanium dioxide.
We collect fresh Bison Hides from USDA inspected facilities (Mainly in Colorado and South Dakota), wash them, remove the hair then split the hide into 2 layers. The Top layer is usually made into leather, the second layer is washed again, then processed with Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide and Enzymes to kill any bacteria, followed by multiple fresh water rinses before tying and drying into the particular chew shape.
We send our raw bison hides to our upholstery leather factory in Mexico where we develop furniture leather from the better grade Bison hides. One must have access to un-tanned, un-haired hides to make rawhide chews, which is only possible at our furniture leather facility in Mexico. The Bottom layer and those that are not good for making leather due to heavy scars or holes, we clean, tie, and dry in Mexico. All to the same exact standards and formula as we would here in the U.S.A. We then bring the dried rawhide chews back to our facility here in Louisville for final inspection and packaging. We fully understand wanting to buy MADE in USA product, and as one of the largest Exporters and Manufacturers in the USA of hides and Leather do every thing we can to keep as much of our product here in America. Unfortunately, we cannot produce rawhide chews when making leather for shoes, handbags or gloves and there are no Furniture or Car Seat Leather tanneries left in the USA.
Yes. Our "Buffalo" Bones are made from American BISON, while the Asian "Buffalo" is a Water Buffalo. In Asia, water buffalo are used as work animals until they are no longer strong enough which are then slaughtered for food. If you see "100% Grass Fed Buffalo" on pet products, read the label closely as it's most likely going to be imported "Water Buffalo" from Asia.
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