My Dog Ate a Small Piece of Nylabone – What to Do Next

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Nylabones are chew toys designed to encourage healthy chewing habits for dogs. However, there’s always a risk with letting your dogs play with such toys, especially if they have a strong bite. No matter how durable the Nylabone is, there’s always a chance that the dog will be able to bite off small pieces and ingest them.

The good news is that, unlike rawhide and certain types of cooked bones, Nylabones tend to come off in small pieces. In a lot of cases, these tiny pieces will pass through your dog’s gastrointestinal tract with little issue. Chew items like raw hides, on the other hand, have a risk where the splinters that the dog consumes may form a choking hazard.

So what should you do in the event your dog eats a small piece? First, we suggest giving your vet a quick call and send a photo of the chewed Nylabone to get his consensus on whether this warrants an emergency visit. If it’s only a small piece that your dog ate then the vet may recommend monitoring your dog closely for any abnormal behaviors and symptoms.

For example, dogs that may have ate obstructive pieces of Nylabones may start to experience gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting. They may also act lethargic and have a loss of appetite. Even if your dog doesn’t show such symptoms, it’s important to contact the vet as soon as possible to establish next steps.

If the Nylabone pieces are small enough to pass through the dog’s intestinal tract without getting stuck then you could expect it to take anywhere from 10 to 24 hours for the Nylabone pieces to appear in the dog’s poop.

To avoid this situation in the future, you should make sure that your dog is only allowed to play with a Nylabone when he is being closely supervised. You should also only buy high-quality chew toys. Generally speaking, they are more much durable and long-lasting than the cheaper alternatives.


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