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1 12th November 11:16
white monkey
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I left 6-month-old Saskia, Great Dane, 39 kilos, alone for two hours in her
crate this morning. She's been knawing on these generic bully sticks (dried
bulls' penises) for two weeks now without making much progress--every few
days we throw one away when it no longer dries out and looks a real mess,
and give her a new one. Today as I left I handed her a brand new one, and
noticed as I did that it seemed to be mostly a big bubble with thin walls
and was very light. I guess I should have taken it back and given her a
different one... I'm back now and she seems totally fine, but that bully
stick is GONE. I cannot find it anywhere, not even stuck to one of her
blankets. I can only conclude she ate the whole thing. She has never shown
any inclination to swallow them before, but if this one was just membrane or
something I suppose it could have become flexible and soft and small enough
to swallow. So now, of course, I'm worried. What signs should I look for to
tell me if I should call the Animal Ambulance? How long will it be before,
if I never notice anything, I can conclude everything's OK? Thanks!

--Katrina

Oh yeah, she ate 1 1/2 cups of kibble about 1/2 hour before I left, and just
now had a bunch of water. It looks like she didn't have any water from the
bowl in her crate while I was gone. In case either of these is a factor.
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2 12th November 11:16
diana
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I can only conclude she ate the whole thing. She has never shown

I really wouldn't be too worried, My dog has been eating them since she was
about 4 months and the light 'bubble' ones disappear very quickly, the
thicker, harder ones might take her a few minutes to get through.

They are made to be eaten, she has a big body and if you look at them chewed
up, they dissolve to a fair degree in saliva anyway (not nice when your dog
asks you to hold it for her while she chews :-O).

I buy 2 packets a week from the market - we always have a laugh and they
call me the willy girl. I particularly like them cos they do take a few
minutes for Cin to get through and so they are particularly handy for
settling her down when we take her to the pub; Cin is still young and gets
bored quickly so I see it as the equivalent of giving a child some colouring
pens to play with.

I would be inclined to watch her next time though, just to make sure she is
eating them rather than just swallowing them whole.

Diana

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3 12th November 11:16
white monkey
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Thank you! I keep hearing about pieces of rawhide causing intestinal
blockages, so I got concerned about these. I'll go back to the frozen
peanut-butter-stuffed marrow bone when we leave her alone, I guess, if she
seems to be taking these too quickly, but this IS the first time she's made
it far enough into one to swallow any of it, let alone the whole thing.
Thanks again,
Katrina
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4 12th November 11:16
suja
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We had a small incident yesterday with rawhide. Mind you, Khan has been
eating these for the 3+ years we've had him, and never had a problem
with it before. Before going to bed last night, I went over to say
goodnight to Khan, and noticed that his panting didn't sound right. He
pants a lot (it's way too hot for him), but this one sounded kind of
raspy. I pried open his jaws to see if I could find something stuck,
and there it was, a piece of rawhide stuck to the roof of his mouth, too
far back for him to use his tongue to manipulate it. Silly boy wasn't
complaining or anything, just sitting there, rasping away. He did seem
relieved when I stuck my hand in there and yanked it out, although he
didn't like the idea while I was doing it.

Until you have a better idea of her chewing/swallowing patterns, this is
a good idea. Make sure the bone is sufficiently large that she can't
chew it down and then attempt to swallow it. I don't think that stuff
like rawhide (and perhaps bully sticks) should be left unsupervised with
dogs. If she enjoys them, you could try a stuffed Kong (assuming you
can get it there).

Suja
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5 12th November 11:16
white monkey
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I'm so glad he's OK! I hear a lot of scary rawhide stories.


Well, she really does like to chew well and never seems to swallow anything
too large, but still, better safe than sorry.

She has two large, unbelievably hard marrow bones we use for this. No way
she's going to be able to break these down.
--Katrina
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6 12th November 11:18
spot
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Not only can rawhide get stuck this way so can plain old baked dog bones.
Barney gets them as treats when he comes in from outside. More than once
he's bitten into one and it's wedge in the roof of his mouth. Now I watch
to make sure he eats it while I'm standing there.

Celeste
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7 12th November 11:18
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see if you can find "pressed" rawhide. it's made of lots of very thin
layers of hide pressed together. each layer is so thin, it can't cause
damage like the normal stuff can. my dogs love them (and devour them in a
few minutes).

-kelly
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8 12th November 11:18
elegy
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<smile> my dog eats and entire 12" one in about half an hour. i
wouldn't worry too much. they're supposed to be pretty digestible.
just keep an eye on her.


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9 12th November 11:18
elegy
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my dog peels those, and it makes me nervous. she does get regular
rawhide occasionally because she chews them into tiny bits. i know
there's a risk, but there's a risk with everything.

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10 12th November 11:18
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I guess I'm just a worry-wort. My dog once swallowed almost a whole rawhide
twist (the thin type) the night before I was to go on vacation; I took her to
the emergency room, where an x-ray determined that it had passed into her
stomach. The e.r. vet told me that a woman once had a dog swallow this type of
treat and it lodged in the dog's esophagus; a hole formed from the acid trying
to digest it, and the dog died.
I'm not saying this could or would happen with a bully stick, but I don't take
any chances with my dog.
Dorothy, owned by C.C., a very spoiled dachshund
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