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March 04, 2009


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The Bird Coop

My sister had a lab who devoured a frozen pumpkin sitting on the porch. She shredded that pumpkin and it was as hard as a brick.


And, to think, I can't even get my dogs to look twice at a tennis ball.


My next door neighbour left a frozen turkey (big one) on the side, when they got home nothing was left apart from a few bones.

They were only out for 2 hours so its not like the thing defrosted either!


And to add, it's not just big dogs. Yesterday when I had my arthritic senior in for her 6 months bloodwork, two doxies came in throwing up and miserable from the tennis ball they had shredded. I think my cats are bigger than those two were.


I had a german shorthaired pointer that would chew (destroy) anything he could get in his mouth. I figured he would grow out of it as he got older, but it didn't slow down much. Fortunately I didn't have any proplems with him ingesting his destruction. Thanks for the post.

Pet Lovers

Shockey, I love that name. I wish I could find a german shepherd puppy to buy and raise near me.


dude, i am concerned about my Rockey ( a Great Dane). truely speaking he is god of destruction. he can chew up anything comes on his way. what would i do if something hard debris got struck? really hard! anyways thanks for the post bro.


Hello, Blend,

I'd start getting your dog used to having his mouth held open. Get him to let you hold his mouth wide open, then follow with a treat. Gradually extend the time.

This will make it more likely that he will allow you to inspect his mouth, should he get something lodged in it.

I have often seen sticks and rib bones wedged across the roof of the mouth. The dog has bitten down and his powerful shearing teeth have cut a chunk of bone/stick out of the middle that is wedged in. If the dog holds still, it is usually a simple matter to pop it out. Many dogs have to be sedated, however. They are painful and upset and will not allow a thorough exam of the mouth.

Anything lower down is going to require veterinary assistance.

Good luck

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