If you see your dog chewing on something that he shouldn’t be, you immediately remove the item. But what about items that are okay for him to chew on? Have you thought about the potential choking hazard they create? Check out this list of common items that dogs can choke on.
You want to make sure that the size of the balls that you give your dog isn’t small enough for them to swallow. The ball should be big enough that your dog can’t completely close their mouth. As your puppy grows, make sure to switch out his balls so that he can’t accidentally swallow one.
2. Cooked Bones
Most people view this as a suitable chew toy for their dog, but did you know that these bones can pose as a choking hazard? If the bone gets too small, a dog can accidentally swallow it. Cooked bones can also splinter and break off into smaller pieces.
This one is for the pet owners that feed their dog table scraps. Gristle is a popular choice when it comes to feeding dogs scraps. However, gristle is hard to chew (which is why humans don’t eat it) and is one of the more common things that dogs choke on each year.
Your dog might think of this as a fun toy that nature has provided, but sticks can potentially choke him. If your dog chews on the stick, small pieces can break off. Likewise, if your dog is running with a stick in his mouth, he can accidentally stab himself with the stick.
5. Chew Toys
Finding the right chew toy for your dog is important. Light chewers can have a tennis ball or a rawhide bone while heavy chewers can have tough rubber toys that can’t break into pieces. Don’t allow your dog to chew on his toys unsupervised. Be aware of toys with squeakers as your dog may rip the toy open and swallow the squeaker.
6. Children’s Toys
If you happen to have a small child or two in your house, then you know how hard it is to keep all of their toys picked up off of the floor. Add in a dog and to him, anything on the floor is fair game. Most toys for smaller children are designed to prevent choking but that doesn’t necessarily hold true for dogs. Your dog might unintentionally chew small pieces off of the toy and choke on them.
Some dogs love to chew and eat things found in nature, and rocks can easily fall into this. Keep an eye on your dog if he is outside to prevent him from eating rocks. Not only can your dog choke on rocks, but if he manages to swallow a rock it can cause intestinal damage.
8. Plastic Wrap
We’ve all been there where the dog gets into the trash can. While there are many items that your dog could choke on, one of the most dangerous items is plastic wrap. This item can easily choke and potentially suffocate your dog.
This might be the most unusual item on the list. Think about how bread gets lumpy and expands when you eat it. As humans, we know how to properly chew our food. Dogs on the other hand are more likely to swallow their food whole. Bread is not an exception and a dog can accidentally eat a piece of bread too big for them.
10. Hard Candy
Nearly all of us aren’t likely to give candy to our dogs. However, dogs are known for getting into things that they aren’t supposed to. Whether it’s your purse or the hidden stash of Halloween candy, your dog may get into it. Hard candies can easily obstruct your dog’s airway and choke him.