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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-28-2010, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Flossies....

Hi everyone!!Hope everyone and every dog is doing well..Something just happened the other day and I just needed to find out from all you knowledgeable Hav peeps..
So Duncan gets a Merrick Flossie as a treat a few times a month and we cut them into smaller pieces...about a day later I'm walking Duncan and he starts to pardon****poop.....then I look and I see this white thing coming out...I actually thought he got hold of a disposable wipe and ate it and that is what I was seeing....I was in shock!!!
So my question is those Flossies don't get digested at all then...they just come out in the poop...Isn't that unhealthy or even dangerous to the dog????
Has anything like this happened to anyone elses dog...
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Horrors, don't cut them up!

What most of us do, I am quite sure, is give the whole Flossie and take it away when it gets down to a small size. Given this way, the Flossie is consumed as a chew, not swallowed in a chunk, and it digests.

Nothing designed as a chew should ever be given to the dog in any size that he/she could swallow whole, as it seems your dog must have done.

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I agree with the above. They are chews and not treats! Whenever I see Beamer is down to a swallowable size chunk on ay chew I take it away and toss it in the garbage.

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Same as above.......I don't believe my dogs swallow them and never whold. They usually get smaller and smaller then I toss the last couple of inches. The only ones I cut are the ones I buy for larger dogs that are longer and thicker. I thought the purpose was for them to hold with their feet and pull to "floss" the teeth.

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I started buying thicker & bigger flossies/bully sticks so Lola couldn't swallow bits of them or chew them as quickly. Her poop was getting loose, I think it was from ingesting too much at a time. As others said, don't cut them up & toss them when they get down to a small piece. And always supervise Duncan when he's chewing on one. They can easily choke on a small piece. Once my DH let Lola chew on a small piece, she swallowed it whole and then threw it up a few minutes later. Thank goodness she didn't choke!

I switched from Merrick brand to the Moo brand, odorless and Lola almost never has loose poops now. Not sure if that's an issue with Duncan, but just thought I'd share. The Merrick's smell AWFUL!
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I do like Mojo's mom and get rid of them when they get too small. I'd had that happen once recently where the unprocessed so to speak flossie came out the other end and it was with one of my Cresties. She must've gotton it softened up but swallowed a chunk whole rather than chewing. Ugh. Never have seen that before or since!
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thank you for all your responses....i just have to watch him more closely....
Duncan is like a 3 year old toddler sometimes,lol!


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Once they get to choke-hazard size, in the trash they go.

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I've heard that same issue from a friend in Oregon (she also cut them up for her lab???)
Anyway lately I've been giving them the kong more often.
When they do get flossies it is only for about 10 mins at a time--
I watch to see the size once they get to small in the trash they go

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I actually buy the jumbo flossies now. Sydney can chew them for much longer before getting through them. She also gets them for a maximum of about 15 minutes at a time, or we have digestive repercussions. I, too, just toss out the ends once they get too small.

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