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MissMySphynxBoys

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This was the body of an email I received the other day. I don't usually pass things along without checking with Snopes first, but this tragic story doesn't sound unlikely. I post this for all of you with dogs and cats who like to eat their toys:


This is valuable information that should probably be passed along to anyone
you know with dogs, cats, or other animals that might chew up a stuffed toy:

Last night at agility class, a vet, who is a fellow agility student, was
telling us about a case she had this week. The dog ate a child's teddy bear
and was very sick. When she opened the dog up to remove what she thought was
an intestinal obstruction she found a huge gelatin type mess inside and the
dogs intestines were black and the tissue dead. The dog will die no surgery
can fix him up there was no living intestine left from stomach to colon.

This was not an obstruction. .... so she called the manufacturer of the
Teddy Bear on a quest to find out what the gel was and what killed the dog.
Turns out the stuffing in children's toys contains ingredients for flame
retardants and mite control! It is designed to become a gel. It is highly
toxic. Now you would think a child's toy would be safe because it is for
children, but they don't expect a child to eat the stuffing of the toys...
huummmm that seems a bit scary too. But we all know dogs demolish stuffed
toys.

So do not give or buy your dog any children's stuffed animals... some people
get them at goodwill etc. The vet will be posting a warning and story and I
will send any other facts as needed and as I learn more. Maybe some
children's toys do not have this ingredient, but better to be safe then
sorry. So meanwhile, make sure all your dog toys are for dogs. Please pass
this on.... it is a horrible death she described and one that can be
avoided.
 

MissMySphynxBoys

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I tried searching Snopes last night, but I must not have used the right search words and didn't find anything.

However, I was much more successful with a Google search this morning:

snopes.com: Dog Deaths from Chewing Stuffed Toys


Snopes thinks the claim has some merit to it and that owners should remove torn up toys ASAP just in case.
 
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