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5 Things Your Dog Loves To Chew But Absolutely Shouldn’t

We’ve all been there: you return home after a day/night out to find a trail of torn clothes. Or maybe it’s the throw pillow, swiped from your bed. Or perhaps it’s your favorite pair of shoes. And right besides the mess sits your dog, pulling his most innocent face, as if to say, “I have no idea how this happened!” funny-dogs-chewed-up-couch-465x461 Let’s face it: dogs chew. And it’s totally natural. But before you let your pup tear apart anything he can get his paws on, it’s important to make sure he’s safe. Here are 10 things your dog loves to chew, but absolutely shouldn’t: 1. Wood 1dfb9aaf3cd62737d57f73f20da7238b Dogs love twigs, sticks, and branches, but they’re not so safe to chew. The same goes for wooden furniture. Wood can splinter, getting stuck in the gums, and cause infection. Or worse, sharp pieces can puncture the stomach or intestines causing severe damage. [bp_related_article] 2. Small Things 55a7b2edb4d5226e316c60bc834cc050 Rocks, golf balls… anything that can be swallowed will be. In many cases, the object in question will come out the other end. But sometimes, swallowed objects can get stuck, causing dangerous intestinal blockage and requiring surgical removal. That's why you should also keep your pup away from shoes. They look tough and durable, but they're made of lots of small things, like eyelets and laces, that can seriously injure your dog's digestion. 3. Plastic Bottles 4f8d0c6d26a70f7e8ba9c8fd8010201556ab2d3451cc616cbfa89cc3fd07aa55 Feel free to let your dog fetch that disposable plastic bottle…but only after you dog-proof it. Make sure to remove the label, cap, and plastic ring (you know, the ring around the top) to minimize choking risks. 4. Mulch 2-funny-dog-chewed-up-pillows You know those small bits of wood used to fill a playground or a garden? Your dog might love to chew on them, but he definitely, absolutely shouldn’t. Those chips are often made from cocoa shells, which is very toxic to dogs. 5. Walls 246B4C4600000578-2904304-image-a-66_1420865232830 If you live in an old home, there’s a chance the paint on your walls could be lead-based. Lead toxicity is very very dangerous – for dogs and humans alike. Here are 6 toys your dog will love to chew (and absolutely should).
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