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Features June 2014 Issue

Chewed Stick Pieces Can Get Stuck in the Dog's Head

If at all possible, keep your dog from chewing on sticks.

Chewed Stick Pieces Can Get Stuck in the Dog's Head

Why it is better to keep your dog from gnawing on sticks.

You’d think if a dog chewed a stick into a million pieces, as some like to do, the pieces would get ground up in his GI tract and that would be the end of it. But once in a while, a splintered-off piece of stick doesn’t even make it into a dog’s throat, let alone his stomach or intestines. Instead, the splinter wends its way into the lining of the animal’s mouth — the oral mucosa — and from there begins to migrate.

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