Dogs like to put things in their mouths, and this opens them up to chewing-related danger. Here are 8 common items dogs may choke on.
- Chew Toys. Some chew toys aren’t safe enough for dogs. Large dogs need to have large enough toys that they won’t swallow them, and toys must always be sturdy enough not to break into pieces when chewed.
- Rocks. When a dog swallows a rock, it can block their throat or their intestines, leading to potentially dangerous situations.
- Cooked Bones. We often use bones to represent dogs, which is ironic considering how dangerous they are for them! Cooked bones can easily break into pieces, leading to sharp choking hazards.
- Children’s Toys. As cute as they seem, a child’s toys are not designed for the rough and tumble harshness of a dog’s teeth.
- Balls. Balls that are too small can be dangerous for large dogs. Some balls can also deflate or change shape over time, allowing a dog to swallow them before they eventually expand again.
- Plastic Wrap or Plastic Bags. These thin sheets of plastic can float around enticingly in front of your dog, causing them to try to chew on or eat them.
- Gristle. Gristle may smell delicious to dogs, but it’s inedible and even dogs with very sharp teeth can’t chew through this part of meat. It can get stuck in a throat very easily.
- Sticks. Dogs love the play fetch with sticks, but bits of wood can easily break off and be swallowed, leading to blockage, lesions, injuries, and blockage.
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