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I've got a dumb question

Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by MMSmith, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. MMSmith

    MMSmith Good Dog

    Do y'all think that chewing up sticks and branches (and consuming some of it) could hurt a dog?

    Rhys loves sticks, tearing up brush, grass, all that. He will do ANYTHING for a stick or a branch to destroy. Often out in the yard or on walks I let him tear up a branch or two.

    Just curious about everyone's feedback. Any other stick lovers out there?
  2. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Mine love sticks and mulch. If they chew it and spit it out that's one thing, but mine eat it. So I don't allow it since I'm scared of a blockage. Lol
  3. Leslie H

    Leslie H Good Dog

    I do think it could hurt them, but, I do let them chew them up, I try to minimize the actually eating. Scheme is like taking a chipper for a walk.
  4. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    If they ingest a bunch of stuff, sticks, brush, grass, etc., then yes, it can make them vomit and just cause stomach upset in general. I make it a point not to let my guys chew on/up anything when they're outside.
  5. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    As long as they're not actually eating it it's fine. Mine all love crunching down a stick.

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  6. innoko

    innoko Big Dog

    Chewing sticks most definitely CAN hurt a dog, and Krieger's got a four-inch belly scar to prove it. And I've got receipts for that $1300 obstruction surgery.

    I suppose it depends on the dog, whether they are actually swallowing bits or just shredding and spitting them out. I thought Krieger was spitting them out, but this used to be a routine, every time he was in the yard, he was lying down chewing a stick, and apparently he was swallowing little (and sometimes big) pieces. And eventually they bunched up in a curve of intestine and almost cost my dumb little destructo-dog his life--I was expecting something more dramatic when they handed me a ziploc containing what they took out of him, but it was just a golf ball-sized mass of twigs and fibers. So no more sticks for us!
  7. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Good Dog

    yes it can absolutely hurt a dog. my friends dog had to be put to sleep from eating leaves in the backyard. created a blockage, unless you have 2grand just sitting around for a procedure to remove the blockage i wouldn't leave your dog unsupervised around leaves, sticks, anything they shouldn't eat.
  8. Savage Destiny

    Savage Destiny Big Dog

    It completely depends on the dog. So long as all pieces are being spit out, it should be fine. Riddle is a wood destruction machine- she shreds sticks, logs, stumps, trees, etc. She'll take a couple feet off a downed tree if I give her 20 minutes or so.
  9. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop


    I let Garp shred all the sticks and stuffed toys he wants, but he just immediately spits the pieces out. He shreds just to destroy and has no interest in eating the pieces. But if he did, it would be a different story.
  10. John Sauceda

    John Sauceda Big Dog

    I've been curious about this as well. Hammer shreds sticks but so far as I can tell he hasn't eaten the pieces. He just leaves wet piles of wood on the back porch.
  11. Cian

    Cian Little Dog

    Yep. Cian is the same - he loves sticks, loves leaves, and especially loves ripping down saplings and/or ripping limbs off of trees in the woods. He doesn't eat them though - so I just let him enjoy himself.

    Plants on the other hand are a different story. I swear Cian thinks he's part cow - he gets into a grazing zone and will chew and swallow green vegetation if I let him. While normal (untreated) grass isn't a problem, I keep a sharp eye on him and pull him away from the forest plants he finds while we're out as I don't know every plant, and I worry some of them could be poisonous.
  12. MMSmith

    MMSmith Good Dog

    Well, damn. Obstruction is what scares me. I'll keep a close eye on him. I honestly think he's just chipping wood, but who knows. Thanks for the insight guys.
  13. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    I don't let my dogs do that. One of my biggest fears in life is an obstruction; I'm not exaggerating that. I've also personally seen tracheal lacerations from ingested sticks.

    It's up to the individual person I guess. I've never had a stick lover, so I've never had to deal with it, but I guess it's like everything else. My dogs love chasing squirrels, but I leash them and teach them to leave it so they don't chase one into the street. Sometimes we have to deny them of things they like because they don't have the forethought to protect themselves.

    That's just me and what I do. To answer your question, yes, I do think chewing on sticks and branches can hurt a dog.
  14. demo

    demo Little Dog

    I met a Lab man on a walk,who is dead set against dog's retrieving sticks.His view is if a dog goes after stick in a moving body of water the dog could be swept away.Cleo would get sick from chewing on to much bull kelp and stimey loved sticks the bigger the better!Oya I've seen a golden get swept away right above a very large water fall.We got her out,thankfully,quite a ordeal though.
  15. kayla baxter

    kayla baxter Big Dog

    I have a friend who lost a nine month old dane show bitch after she chewed up a stick and a sliver perforated her diaphragm I believe. Vet thought it was pneumonia but found the piece of stick during necropsy.

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