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A few years ago, I was working with a family whose Doberman had recurrent, seemingly random bouts of diarrhea. The owners were very committed to helping the dog and he had been to many different vets, had been treated with medication, different diets, had imaging done … you name it. Still, the random diarrhea continued, without any rhyme or reason.
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I was working with the family and their dog on general manners and leash skills. One day during our session, just in a half-sentence, the mom remarked how it became really expensive to buy all the toys for her dog to eat on a weekly basis.
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… What?!?
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As it turns out, they were under the impression that dogs literally “ate” their toys, and that they should be bought and consumed just like daily food. The Doberman was eating rubber toys, stuffed toys, rope toys – you name it.
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I asked them “Did you ever mention this to the vets?” They hadn’t. …
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Of course, this post is not a story about how this one particular family was misinformed. It is a story of caution for everyone whose dog likes to destroy toys.
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Whether your dog is a de-stuffer, a shredder, one who picks the fabric off tennis balls or one who puts tug toys in the very back of his mouth and slowly crushes them with his molars – you need to be very, very careful.
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A lot of owners believe that their dog “only” destroys and “never” ingests – until they find themselves at the vet, having their very sick dog headed into surgery for bowel obstruction.
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If you know that your dog likes to destroy toys, he should never be left unsupervised with them. He also should not be allowed to destroy toys for fun in general. The risk that he swallows a part is too high … and will be extremely painful for your dog and costly for you to fix. ($5,000 emergency surgery, anyone?)
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Toys are for PLAYING. Toys are not for EATING or DESTROYING.
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Of course, this does NOT mean that your dog is not allowed to have fun with toys or chew anything.
He can play all he wants with toys under your supervision and he can chew all he wants on appropriate chew items. But should he shred another plastic frisbee from Petsmart? Just say no to that.
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Not every ingested toy will cause severe damage (or even any problems at all). But the ONE time that a toy DOES cause problems, they can be grave and you will always wish you had prevented it.
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Today, if you have toys lying around that you know your dog likes to chew on too much – pick them up, put them away, and potentially save $5,000 and your dog’s life.