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Old 08-09-2007, 07:48 PM
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I've given my puppy soft chew toys since I got him at 7 weeks. He'd always chew on them, but his little teeth were never able to do much damage. He's 6 months old now, and he can chew and swallow bits and pieces off his stuffed toys pretty quickly; if left alone with one he'd probably polish off the whole thing in about a hour.

I always figured he just pooped the cloth he swallows out, but the other day he threw up a bunch of the cloth material he ate. Kinda like a cat's hairball. Some of the stuff was a few days old.

My question is whether or not this is okay. Cat's vomit up hairballs all the time, but I never heard of dogs doing it.

On a side note, I want to give him stuff to chew on, because he likes to chew, but I don't feel great about bones. I know raw ones don't tend to splinter, but I still don't like it. Any suggestions on a particular brand or type of toy that's really sturdy? I have a few kongs and they work great, but I'd like to get other stuff too.
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Old 08-09-2007, 08:10 PM
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My dogs never ate stuffing .... just pulled out ! Stuffed toys aren't to chew ... just to play with . Dogs need bones .
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Old 08-10-2007, 06:00 PM
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It is NOT okay to let him eat his stuffed toys. The cloth and stuffing could cause a serious blockage, and he would need surgery to remove it.

For chew toys, I stick with Nylabone (the Durable and Galileo bones) and Kong. The Kong company makes a lot of other toys besides the original "Kong". I also like Planet Dog toys. All of these are pretty tough.
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