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Old 01-03-2010, 09:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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can threads from rope toy cutt intestines?

Ok to all of you who I told the tug rings were indestructable. I was soooooooooo wrong. Q had just not decided to use his back teeth on them. Now that he has discovered it, they are ALL destroyed. He had 4 pairs of them, they were all over the house. I really hate that for him, he loved them so much.
We went to petsmart newyears day and got him a super big, long rope, with a ball on it. He loves that of course but between him and Peaches, it will not last long. Peaches uses her front teeth and pulls on the threads, he uses his back and chews on them.
So my question. Remember the poster who lost a loved Doberman because of thread that was tangled in the intestines, how thread cuts gut? Can this happen from the threads in a rope toy? We have not owned one since that happened, but it seems to be the only toy that holds up for awhile. And the all LOVE them. :confused2
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i think it was a rope toy that the pup ate in the thread that tore up his intestines ??
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when cass was a pup she tore up a carpet and it was the thread like stuff on the back of it that ended her up in surgery and having part of the intestine removed.

So my guess would be yes it possibly could. I let my 2 play and chew with rope toys but only supervised making sure that when they chew it they dont actually swallow it.
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i think it was a rope toy that the pup ate in the thread that tore up his intestines ??
I was hoping that was not the case. The rope toy will have to go on the counter if I am not in the room. I really hate that. Thanks, I really could not remember where the thread came from. When I sew up Q's beds, I will use 2 stitches, then cut and knott, then 2 more stitches, because of that thread. I am definitely one that has learned some valuable lessons from others here on DT. I sincerely thank them for sharing their painful experiences with us so that we can learn.
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We NEVER recommend rope/string type toys for small puppies. Puppies will eat anything and if they eat leaves or twigs in the yard, these items can get wrapped up in the string and are an obstruction waiting to happen.
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Sorry to tell you that the threads from a rope toy can definitely end up in a dogs gut and can cause lacerations in the intestine.

Don't count on short pieces ending up short pieces--often the ends of one short piece or thread will end up entangled with another.

That's what happened to a friend's Dobe bitch. Over $10,000 worth of emergency surgery,, hospitalization for nearly a week and almost 2 feet of dead intestine.

My Dobes stopped getting rope toys even under supervision after that.
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Darn, I guess I have to throw out the rope toy now. I hope it is not too late. I know my dogs are far from pups, but they do eat things as if they are pups. In the house they are good and only chew their toys, but outside is another story, they eat anything they can get in there mouth.
I guess Kongs are all they can have now.
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I have always been scared of rope things on toys. I never by one due to my fear.
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YES YES YES.

My boston terrier had this exact problem a month ago, and almost died in my arms.

They opened him up to find a string from a toy wrapped around his gut, which then had to be cut out.
The acid from his gut had started into his blood stream, almost instantly killing him over a 24 hr period.

He survived, but it was a iffy 50/50 for almost 3 days.
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Sorry to tell you that the threads from a rope toy can definitely end up in a dogs gut and can cause lacerations in the intestine.

Don't count on short pieces ending up short pieces--often the ends of one short piece or thread will end up entangled with another.

That's what happened to a friend's Dobe bitch. Over $10,000 worth of emergency surgery,, hospitalization for nearly a week and almost 2 feet of dead intestine.

My Dobes stopped getting rope toys even under supervision after that.
that was us too. A week in the vet and in a touch and go situation. 2000 vet bill and a huge incision on Cass to go with it
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Hey, PM Lolo and have her show you the fleece tug toys she makes.

My guys absolutely love them and they don't shred and fall apart like the rope tugs.
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So my question. Remember the poster who lost a loved Doberman because of thread that was tangled in the intestines, how thread cuts gut? Can this happen from the threads in a rope toy?
A friend of mine lost her bitch from this very thing. She obstructed and surgery revealed masses of strings from a rope toy tangled in her intestines. She had her to euthanize her on the table. It was horrible.

Rope toys are only good for playing tug with. Never leave them out for unsupervised play.
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Rope toys are an absolute no go for me and as previously mentioned, a surgery waiting to happen. Many times long string-like substances wind through the intestines and may not cause a true blockage but they can cause an intussusception which is the intestines folding over on itself in an attempt to move along the object. This can be worse than a blockage because where the intestine folds on itself, the blood supply is cut off and the bowel dies. Muy bad.
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Besides the dangers to the dog people have mentioned, I don't give them out to my dogs for my own personal safety. I got tired of getting whacked alongside the head by a rope toy a dog was flinging around.
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Besides the dangers to the dog people have mentioned, I don't give them out to my dogs for my own personal safety. I got tired of getting whacked alongside the head by a rope toy a dog was flinging around.
Nylabones feel worse. Just sayin'.
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Do not think there is a completely safe toy for a Doberman not sure why this breed is so destructive with toys about the only toy that is safe with out supervision is a Black Kong. I know my Doberman Buddy is very destructive with toys but he loves to carry them around you just have to supervise them at all times with toys.
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