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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-24-2019, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Sad Story & Warning About Toys

I just heard a sad story from one of our neighbors. Another couple that used to be neighbors had lost their dog and after they were ready for another dog they acquired a Shih Tzu who they were really loving and bonding with. Anyway, they got the dog some little toy made of yarn that evidently had a lot of dangly yarn threads at the ends. They dog got sick and when the vet discovered that one of these threads had somehow wrapped around inside the dog's intestine, it was too late to save the dog. So sad and of course they feel guilty that it was their fault.

So - just a warning to everyone to inspect toys and make sure nothing is starting to pull off or come apart. I can only imagine how bad they feel.

Oh - that reminds me. Oprah lost one of her dogs that choked on a tennis ball. So, please be sure that any ball or toy is large enough not to fit entirely into the dog's mouth. So many dogs love to play with balls and if it's small enough it could easily become a choking hazard.

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer!
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It's always a good idea to be reminded to be careful about what we are letting our dogs play with. Thanks Jackie.
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Thanks, Jackie. Always a good reminder to watch out for toys that can unravel. We never leave Cassie in her lockup pen (a gated bathroom)with anything that might unravel. i had a neighbor years ago whose dog ate a sock, it got tangle in intestines also and could not be saved. Kids grow up and stop putting everything in their mouths, but most dogs never stop!
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DD spent a lot of time making a couple of large yarn pom-pom toys for our puppy. She was really sad when they had to be taken away because after a week or so they started shedding too many fibers.

Our dog rarely chews on non dog items anymore, but when he does it is so fast. He had an X-ray a while back because he wasnít recovering from a bout of giardia very well. He had gotten ahold of some embroidery floss and it was sitting in his stomach. Fortunately it was bunched up so it was able to pass on its own, but it was really scary and i had to reevaluate what he might be able to get into that I hadnít considered dangerous.
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Oh how sad. I had a cat that died the same way. In her case it was one of those satin Christmas ornaments that came unraveled as she played with it.
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My puppy loves those digestible bones by Nylabone but I’m so scared she will choke on the last bit of it that I always take the last part away from her. Does anyone know if these bones are okay for puppies to eat down to the last bit?
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My puppy loves those digestible bones by Nylabone but Iím so scared she will choke on the last bit of it that I always take the last part away from her. Does anyone know if these bones are okay for puppies to eat down to the last bit?
I would be inclined to not let them eat it down to the last bit and to take it away like you have been doing. However, I don't think I would even give a Nylabone. I'm not sure about the type you use, but I've heard that some are hard on their teeth. Also, if they eat a big enough chunk, it could possibly cause a bowel obstruction. You might want to start a thread specifically dealing with the Nylabone and you may get other opinions.
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I agree to take it away when it gets small. Iím not familiar with Nylabone thatís consumable, either. My puppy wasnít a super aggressive chewer so i did give him synthetic nylabone and didnít have a problem. He liked bully sticks better, though. I read about the risk of broken pieces causing obstruction and I didnít really know which ones were vulnerable so I didnít buy them again, but I let him chew on the ones we already had when he wanted.
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