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Subject: dog question?
Date Posted: 7/19/2007 12:26 AM ET
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is it ok for them to eat and chew on sticks. this is my dogs favorite pastime. i often find that she won't let go and they end up comming into the house. i love that lttle pooch

Date Posted: 7/19/2007 2:01 PM ET
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you need to be careful with sticks. dogs can get splinters lodged in their mouths, they can get stick pieces stuck across the roof of their mouths, they can get lodged in the throat, if they eat pieces they can block up their intestines. lots of bad stuff can happen. i'd really encourage your dog to chew something safer.

Date Posted: 7/19/2007 7:31 PM ET
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Well, generally speaking, I'd agree with Katie.  But we had a German Shepherd (Smoki) when I was growing up who would carry pine logs around the yard and chew on them like they were huge bones!  She would strip the bark off small (6-inch diameter) pine trees and crunch on the bark and get sappy and sticky.  Then bugs would get into the tree, kill it, and the tree would fall down.  Then Smoki would pick up the 6- to 8-foot-long log by one end, walk under it so that it rested across her back, then carry it to a favorite spot in the yard.  Over the course of weeks, she could have a whole tree chewed down into perfectly sized logs for our fireplace.  What a good dog!

And her breath was always PineSol fresh, too.  = P

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 7:12 PM ET
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My dog chews them to bits, but as far as I can tell she doesn't swallow!

She has particularly nice breath after chewing cedar!


Date Posted: 7/28/2007 7:06 PM ET
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As a vet tech, I can tell you all kinds of horror stories of dogs that has been seriously hurt by chewing sticks. I won't go into the gory details, but  please believe me, it just isn't worth it.  Get a huge rawhide bone or a Kong to chew on - its so much safer.

Date Posted: 8/6/2007 9:12 PM ET
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As a vet tech, I agree with Pamela.  I would discourage the rawhides as they often have flavorings and enzymes that can make the dogs stomachs get upset and some dogs eat them too quickly.   I'm a huge fan of Kong toys.  Just be sure if you choose rawhides to have the size be large enough for the breed you are giving it to and monitor the pet so large pieces aren't swallowed.

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 9:51 AM ET
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My Gunny (choc. Lab) is 12 & 1/2 now, and has always loved his sticks also. I agree that, especially when they're young, you need to watch them. Gunny had a bad experience when he was a year or so old; he was holding a stick straight out of his mouth (instead of sideways) and hit the ground with it so that it went straight back into the back of his mouth/throat. It was a nasty scare, Gunny was coughing, shaking his head and drooling afterwards and the vet said to just watch him for a day or so, if he didn't appear to recover to bring him back for tests to see if any was ingested or stuck in his throat. He turned out to be fine, thank God. Long story short, Gunny still loves his sticks, except now he occasionally plops down to chew them up and spit out the pieces. This just cracks me up. I call him my lil' mulcher. =) They're just like kids, you just can't watch them all the time. I just don't have the heart to keep him from his joys! The smart ones will learn from their mistakes. Ruth
Date Posted: 8/21/2007 8:56 PM ET
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NIX on those sticks.  They are deadly.  Also, don't let your dog chew rocks.  There has been a lot of discussion of the danger of rawhide too.  I let my little one have them awhile but when they get squishy I throw them out.  Those congs with the slats and holes are great!  It keeps mine entertained for hours.  I also feed raw large round bones.  I have a Standard Manchester Terrior.

Date Posted: 8/27/2007 10:57 PM ET
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I give my dog large rawhides that are all natural. I never knew they were bad but she loves them so much. why is it that they are no good? I am trying with the sticks though.