Be aware of Dog Bedding Dangers at all times!
Most dog owners want to make their dogs comfortable in a crate of kennel and provide him with a blanket or towel. They also put a piece of clothing of themselves, including socks some times. Toys are left with the dog as well in order to “keep him busy”.
This creates constant danger of the dog tearing up the piece of clothing, the blanket and toy. There is a chance, with some dogs more than others, that they swallow pieces of whatever it is that they are destroying.
We have seen dogs actually passing whole socks and pieces of even rubber toys.
An American Bulldog was once dropped off for training at our facility. Three weeks later he passed a whole black sock. Luckily it came out! Nobody knew that he had swallowed it.
Another dog was left unattended with a soft rubber ball and chewed it up, without the owner noticing. It was discovered two days later what happened, when the dog passed little pieces of red rubber.
Not all cases go over that easy.
We know of numerous dogs that had to have surgery to safe them from not being able to pass a foreign object.
I remember myself purchasing an adult Rottweiler female for our breeding program. And she was never really eating well. But yet seemed to be normal acting otherwise. It was discovered during a hip x-ray, that she had a golf ball in her stomach, that had been their for who knows how long!
It couldn’t pass naturally, and had to be surgically removed.
If any bedding is provided to the dog, we should make sure that it is of most solid, non rippable material.
A “KONG brand bed” is recommended. The same rules go for toys and chew bones. Toys should be most solid in structure such as a KONG. Chew bones (rawhide) should be one solid piece. The kind that has knots at the ends are not recommended, as the dog can chew of the knots easily and swallow them as a whole.
Highly recommended Kong toy. This one is the original toy of the KONG Company. This brand started out with this very toy, calling it the Kong. It established the image of being tough. From there on, the company created different kinds of toys and bedding that was matching the non destructive image the company had branded by starting with the Kong toy. What we just learned! Make sure that the opening on the bottom of the Kong is smaller than your dog’s bottom jaw. We just observed a dog playing with the Kong, he needed our help to get it off- he happened to get stuck with his bottom jaw in the opening of the Kong while playing!
This is another recommended example of a toy made by Kong. Different shape, same material. Following the basic idea of being non destructible as the material is tough and there are no parts that could easily be chewed off of the toy.
Soft bedding that is not recommended. the soft liner and the foam it was filled with, made it attractive and easy for the dog to destroy it. Luckily, he didn’t swallow any pieces of the dangerous materials.
This bone is an example of the dog possibly chewing the knot end off and swallowing it in one piece. It could get stuck in his throat and/ or causing digestive problems if it makes it into the stomach.