My dog is in the stage where he is tearing things apart. Can the stuffing in a toy potentially be harmful to him?
Kate from New York
YES. He can choke on it, and it can cause an internal blockage in his digestive system.
If ingested, the stuffing can cause blockage and be deadly.
Always supervise your dog while he disembowels a stuffed toy. My dog will simply toss aside the stuffing with her nose and I can pick up the pieces and dispose of them immediately.
The "skinny" stuffed animal (with all the stuffing removed) will provide months of enjoyment for your dog -- don't throw it away like I used to !
I suppose it probably could be harmful if he swallowed it. When my dog shreds a stuffed toy I just clean up the stuffing and she plays with the "gutted" toy. She almost seems to like that better becuase it's limp then and she can whip it back and forth easier!
I never had trouble with the dog eating the stuffing but I did have to watch for "google" or "button" eyes, etc. so she wouldn't eat those. After the mess is cleaned up, the dog still liked playing with the toy, especially if we put a small biscuit-type treat down an arm or leg that she had to work at to get out!!!!
I've noticed, recently, that my dog coughs out of the blue and the first thing that I wondered about is if she breathed in particles from the stuffing. Although I clean up the stuffing as soon as it happens - more or less - I think that I will steer clear of buying any other such toys that she can disembowel. She's my third dog. Fourteen months old and she's been ripping apart stuff toys since I got her at 2 months. None of my other dogs were so fixated on this conquest of a toy.
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