My Dobe bit off a chunk of nylabone three weeks prior to the indicent but we did not know that there would be complications. Three weeks after swallowing it we never thought much more about it; A) it passed or B)it was digested. I will try to keep this short and sweet. He started throwing up every 15 to 20 minutes for over 24 hours. I took him to the vet and the took x-rays. They said there was a blockage because of the way the intestines are coiled. They said no object really showed up but they were going to have to get in into surgery right away before we lose him. The Dr. told me that after they went into the stomach they had found the end of a Nylabone lodged in his intestine (major surgery). Because the bone was in there for several weeks, (without us every knowing something was wrong until the day he was constantly throwing up) over a foot of his intestine had died from lack of blood. They removed that part of the intestine and reattached it. The Dr. gave my the Nylabone that was lodged and it had not dissolved at all. Three weeks in the stomach and intestine and the bone did not dissolve any. The Dr. said that scared her when she pulled out the bone because her dog is at home right now chewing on a nylabone. Please don't leave your Nylabones out for your dog. It needs to be supervised like everything else. We were told by many that Nylabones are the best thing for dogs. If they swallow chunks they will not dissolve period. I am passing this information on so hopefully you will not have to go through the trama that me and my dog Patton went through. Be careful. Darryl
I have used Nylabones for 10 years. When my Jack Russell was younger (age 3 or 4) he'd eat a nymabone in about an hour biting off little bits and pieces as he chewed. Understand he is a tenacious chewer having eaten two legs from a dining room table, two wooden chairs and 4 kitchen cabinet doors as well as 2 of the baseboards in my kitchen. He never chewed off a big hunk of the Nylabones. I do watch him pretty closely though. I pick up toys at night. He only ate the furniture in my house when he escaped from his "room" when I was at work or at night when he would escape from his crate (yes...) when I was sleeping. Like someone else said. Dogs are like kids... Supervision, supervision, supervision! I had kitchen repair bills for proof...
angelwings, this is not a dumb question at all! although nylabone is a brand for a lot of chew products. I think the product discussed here is a bone made of a very durable material. They are made for determined chewers and are *almost* indestructable. My pit puppy has gnawed the bone pretty well, but not large chunks. Check out this site for products. http://www.nylabone.com/
Any dog chew toy can be dangerous, thats' why it's important for owners to know the chewing habits of their dogs. If your dog literally gnaws off chunks of stuff like rawhide, or nylabone or whatever then you dont' want to give them indigestible treats, or even rawhide as they could choke themselves or worse on them. I personally don't give my dog any chew toys besides kong toys when I am not around.
This is the first time he has ever took a chunk out of a nylabone. So there is no pattern (habit of doing this) to prepare us. Don't no if it was a deffective bone or what. He was not even left hame alone with it. We were watching TV and a piece was missing.
A lot of things that dogs chew on can be dangerous, but one thing you have to remember. When you give your dogs something like a nylabone or raw hide to chew on, you should supervise them because pieces do break off. I like giving my dogs marrow bones because they do not splinter or break off in pieces. My rottie has had his marrow bone for 3 years. Another bone I do not care for is the knuckle bones, they splinter and can cause damage to your dogs intestines such as a piece piercing the intestines and causing your dog to become very sick.
Watch the pig ears and things like that, too. The American Pitbull Terrier/ Manchester Terrier mix I had Swallowed a big chunk of a pig ear. He had the same symptoms of the Doberman. Sad to say, I had a vet mess up on the procedure, and they put the medicine in his lungs.She at first tried to cover it up,but we found out what she did.He was dying anyway,because she messed up on the procedure,but we put him down because he wasw in so much pain. If your dog eats big hunks of something and swallows it,certain dogs should not eat certain products. We were told by another vet that alot of dogs have problems with certain types of treats and bones.They said that dogs do not need bones anymore anyway, since there is bone marrow in most food or treats. I will tell you it is not a pretty sight to watch a dog suffer after the vet messes up on the procedure. I don't feed dogs certain treats anymore,
If you are looking for a good hard bone that will last a little while I suggest a bovine( moo cow:) ) shin bone. They are very hard, not too big, do not splinter, and last longer than anything else I've tried... my male goes through the huge femur bones in a couple of days. The shin bones are hard enough that they can only grind them down... no breaking pieces off.
Hey thanks for the info I was wondering are they kind that are made outta of the hard rubber material (Kong material) cuz if they are my dobe has a big thick one but she ocassionally has takin chunks off should I be worried? I will take it away now though..the chunks are peanut sized. -PUBLIC