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Sunday, November 23, 2008

What's your Woofie eatin'?

Pirate,Wolf,Dog Lacking opposible thumbs, woofies like to use their mouth the way humans use their hands, to pick up and carry things. Because of this woofies are more prone to ingesting things they shouldn't.

Do you know the number one thing that dogs eat that they shouldn't? Nope, It's not homework!

According to Petsugar.com, the items woofies consume most often, and shouldn't are as follows:

10. Sticks

Woofies love to chase sticks, but they can splinter and become lodged in a woofie's throat. Consider having your woofie fetch a frisbee instead.

9. Hair Ties

Stray Hair ties can turn into play toys for both dogs and cats, although dogs more likely in ingest them. This could get hung up in the digestive system and could result in surgery or even death.

8. Bones

Letting your woofie chew on a beef bone is great for his teeths, but make sure the bone is hard and that it is large enough that he can't swallow it. Take any pieces that might splinter off away from the woofie.

Never give your woofie cooked bones for bones from poultry or fish as these are softer and could splinter and get lodged in your woofie's throat. (Ditto for us cats too!)

7. Corn Cobs

Sometime woofies will think you've missed a spot on your corn cob, but these can present a choking hazard to the woofie, cooked or not.

6. Chew Toys

Most woofies have chew toys. Make sure they are in good shape and dispose of any loose or small parts. If the toy is in bad shape, throw it out and buy the woofie a new one.

5. Balls

Make sure that any balls your woofie is playing with can't fit down your woofie's throat. Then you won't have to worry it will get lodged there.

4. Rocks

Rocks are round, like balls, but are smaller and can be easily swallowed, creating a choking hazard. Never teach your woofie to chase rocks, and discourage this behavior if he should pursue it.

3. Pantyhose

Woofies, like cats, like things with their owners smell on them. However, unlike cats, woofies will chew on them as well. These can get lodged in your woofie's mouth or can get wadded up in his throat or stomach choke him or make him ill.

2. Underwear

The same as number 3, but undies seem to be more popular.

1. Socks

Most people use old socks as tug of war toys with their woofies. This is not a good idea. For one thing, the woofie can't distinguish between new socks and old socks and might chew up your new argyles. Additionally socks can become ingested and will require surgery to remove.

Instead, get a nice tough rope tug of war toy that can be found virtually every pet care center.

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For the feline crowd, Tommy T is a 3 week old cheetah and he already has his own blog! Check it out at Cheetah Days. And boy, it he a cutie!

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8 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Let's try this again:

Sorry to woo this, but I've not khonsumed anything on the list -

Guess I need to get khrakhin' -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: Thanks fur sharing the khytty khat bloggie!

Boy n Beethoven said...

Baby cheetah is so cute! I loves him!

'Oven

The Island Cats said...

See us cats are so much smarter than woofies...we wouldn't think about eating that stuff...would we???

Sunny's Mommy said...

They also like to dine out of trash cans in the home.

Jewelgirl said...

I like dogs but cats are my hands
down favorites including the big
cats...the cheetah is adorable,
I bookmarked it!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Dogs do have an amazing ability to see the nutrition in the oddest things...

Evie/VampyVictor said...

They was great messages for the woofies!!
And the kittehs about the bones, not a lot of peoples know this.:)

haha Tommy T sure looks happy to see us!! Look at his big smiley face :))

V-V

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Oh, dat cheetah is sooo cute. Yup, woofies will eat a lot of really weerd stuff. Don't furget dat if yoo get one of dem chewey balls to make sure it haf got 2 holes in dem. Some woofies haf gotten der tungs stuck inside da holes and den da ball won't come off and der tungs swell up and...well, it is not pleasant.