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Old 02-04-2014, 06:15 PM
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Abrams has decided that frozen sticks are the Best Thing Ever. So now every time he goes out into the yard...he's eating sticks. And bark. And whatever other piece of wood he can get his paws on.

My question is, is this going to hurt him...? Like, do I have to worry about potential blockages or anything? He chews them up into tiny pieces and isn't swallowing chunks...but it is still wood. He ate a piece of bark about 6"x4" before I realized what he was doing earlier today, and then as soon as I turned my back he was eating another stick. :/

I obviously don't WANT him to eat sticks, but clearing the yard is impossible (woods) and I can't be out with him 100% of the time. (Well, I probably could...but it would totally suck. Especially since that will limit his outdoor time to strictly potty breaks with no playtime.)

I'm going to attempt to work with him to get him to leave sticks alone...but until then, is the wood eating safe-ish, or Bad with a capital B?

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Old 02-04-2014, 06:22 PM
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I can't imagine it's overly safe.
Even thin pieces of the wood can be sharp or cause an obstruction. Anything non-digestible eaten in excess can potentially cause a blockage. Oz got one from bird seed years ago.

IMO - I'd certainly discourage/redirect the behaviour. But wouldn't necessarily rush to the vet at the first sign of ingesting a stick.
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:43 PM
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My dogs have always included sticks as part of a balanced diet . They loved all the windstorms last year and they kept the yard clear of downed branches
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:59 PM
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My dogs have always included sticks as part of a balanced diet .
Same here... I try to clear the yard of large sticks, but smaller twigs and stuff will always fall and Payton and Auggie especially seem to have a great talent for finding them. I watch them and take away anything that looks large enough to actually cause problems, but I don't stress about it.

There are certain types of tree bark that are toxic, but otherwise, nothing terrible unsafe about it since it sounds like he's chewing them up and not trying to throw down six inch long pieces of wood.
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:07 PM
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Phew, good. He *loves* chewing on them, amd while I want him to leave them on commamd and hopefully not be as obessesed with them, I'd hate if I had to make sure he never got ahold of one.
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:20 PM
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Jack loves to carry sticks and occasionally samples them-every so often in the summer Sally chews sticks. I'm not thrilled about it and try to discourage when I see it, but I don't stress about it too much.

They actually have chew now made for dogs that enjoy chewing sticks-it's a bit at our house.
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