Is it safe for dogs to eat rubber chew toys?

Question by Ryan Michelle: Is it safe for dogs to eat rubber chew toys?
I have a five-month-old pit bull, and she destroys toys like they’re nothing! We started with regular toys which she demolished within minutes. She has a Booda Bone we got her last week and is already coming apart. As I type, she’s biting very small chunks off a black Kong toy, which she’s only had for an hour! I don’t want to discourage her from chewing her toys because she’ll just chew my furniture instead – she’s teething. Nylabones last five minutes, so I can’t keep feeding her those. Are these little rubber pieces (about the size of fingernail clippings) safe for her to eat? Or does anyone know of an “indestructible” toy for this aggressive chewer?

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Answer by DoveRydur
get her a big tennis ball thingy…my dog loved those when she was a puppy

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Q&A: HELP: What are the chances of my dog being ok?

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Question by alexm4791@sbcglobal.net: HELP: What are the chances of my dog being ok?
So recently, my dog was acting weird (not moving a lot, heavy breathing, and not eating), so we took her to the vet.

She got a hold of a chicken bone during our 4th of July barbeque and the bone is stuck in her esophagus. According to the x-rays, the bone is in the upper portion of the esophagus by the throat area. The vet is going to try to use forceps to remove it tomorrow and if that doesn’t work, surgery.

What are the chances that my dog will be fine?

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Answer by ginbark
Depends on too many factors, only your vet can tell you.

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is it normal for a dog to get nasty with age?

Question by bmb: is it normal for a dog to get nasty with age?
firstly, my dog is around 12 years old, housetrained, good with kids/ cats etc. a collie cross. however over the past few weeks i have noticed he is a lot greyer around the face and he sleeps alot, i have also been thinking that he is starting to go deaf as he does not respond aswell as he used to.. the last week i have been packing and slowly moving things into a new house. today my dog got out, usually he would come back in after a few shouts of’ jack ..in ‘ but today he turned on me ,growling and trying to bite me as i tried to pick him up to get him in.my arm is full of deep sore srcatches. i have picked him up in the past and it has not bothered him atall. could this be to him getting old? or stress of things being moved out of the house.i am worried he will turn on one of my 4 small children.any suggestions?
cheers everyone. think i will get him to the vets for a check up. feel sorry for him, the thought he is getting old and he doesnt no whats happening !!

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Answer by paintedrain2
It’s probably the stress of not being able to hear as well as he used to, and things being moved.

Maybe his eyesight isn’t as great as it used to be, either, which can cause a lot of confusion.

Some dogs do get ”grumpy” with old age, though.

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Why do my dogs eat dirt?

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Question by vudu_child: Why do my dogs eat dirt?
Very weird situation here. We feed the dogs regularly but for some reason they like to eat dirt. There is one spot off the back porch that they regulary excavate. And it does not matter whether it is new dirt or old dirt, they keep eating it. Anybody know why?

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Answer by momma3
not sure why but i bet its the same reason as why they eat bark or grass if they still are eating and gaining weight properly i wouldnt worry cause it wont hurt them

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someone has been looking after my dog and wont give him back what action shud i take?

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Question by THE GENERAL DUTCH: someone has been looking after my dog and wont give him back what action shud i take?
i have all my dogs paper work kc registration and he is microchipped to my address.

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Answer by *H*
Try calling the police!

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My husband and I are being relocated to Japan and I am wondering what to expect with the transition?

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Question by EJB: My husband and I are being relocated to Japan and I am wondering what to expect with the transition?
My husband is in the United States Navy and we have orders to relocate to Yokosuka (Yokohama/Tokyo area), Japan in January. Since he is going to be on a ship and I will be left alone for long stretches of time I’m just wondering what I should expect or be prepared for? He is planning on purchasing a house off base. I was wondering how strong the language barrier is in the Yokohama and Tokyo area, do most Japanese know fluent English? How hard is it to pick up the Japanese lanuage? Is it easy to meet and make friends in Japan or do the cultural/language differences make it difficult? How bad are the earthquakes and tsunamis in this area? What do they do to prepare for them, do they have a warning system, like a weather alert? How easy is it to get a good job when you don’t know Japanese (I am a Graphic Designer)? I have done a good deal of research on the country and the language I am just looking for some personal experience to help prepare. Any advice/info would be great!
I actually dated a Japanese Foreign exchange student when I was in high school. We lost touch when I went to college due to technology issues, time difference, and his crazy school schedule. So I know a good deal of the basics. I would love to get more information from someone who is Japanese, but what I really am seeking is what is it like to be an Non Japanese speaking American living in Japan for a prolonged period of time by yourself. Thanks so much for your advise and information! Please keep it coming ; )
I don’t have kids but I do have two small papillon dogs.
TWIKFAT if you read this post again, what is your email?

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Answer by Mortdesuper
just don’t get lost in Translation

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when the mosquito lay its eggs in the water and it was infected with heartworms?

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Question by Sebas E: when the mosquito lay its eggs in the water and it was infected with heartworms?
do the new mosquitoes born infected too?

i was just wondering
its the first time i’ve ever heard of heartworms and im scared my dog would get infected

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Answer by Aqwa
Mature heartworms release live larvae into the host’s bloodstream; larvae are accumulating and can reach thousands organisms per mililiter of blood
During bloodmeal, the mosquito ingests some microfilariae that start their development into infective heartworm larvae during which they molt twice (L1 to L2 to L3)
The larvae migrate with blood and many of them settle in submuscular membranes all over the body as intermediate sites of development; between 85 and 120 days of infection L4 larvae move from the intermediate sites by entering the blood vessels and migrating to places where they ultimately lodge
L5 is a juvenile worm – the last larval stage before mature adult
Mature female heartworm can measure 31 cm in length; overall, in the dog, it take a little over six months for the infective larvae to mature into adult worms that can live for five to seven years in the dog; in cats, it takes about eight months to mature into adult worms that live from two to three years.

Heartworms are very detrimental to dog health, especially to active working dogs.
Cats, though not definitive hosts for heartworm, are also susceptible . Heartworm larvae that start dying may cause acute inflammation i. cat organism that can be fatal.

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how do i train my dog to flush pheasant?

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Question by mcp: how do i train my dog to flush pheasant?
i have a long hair dachshund that i want to train to flush pheasants.
he is a strong dog and crazy about hunting birds. is there a way i can teach him to sniff them out and get them in the air.

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Answer by Dan B
Your choice for a bird dog is unusual, but I believe any dog can be trained to flush game birds. One problem you may have to deal with is the “long hair” issue. Pheasants are known to inhabit some pretty thick and brushy habitat infested with a number of burrs and nettles which readily tangle themselves in the long hair of dogs, causing them a lot of discomfort. (That discomfort will be transferred to you when you have to remove the tangles.) And don’t forget the flea and tick collar. As for training a dog to flush pheasants, nothing does that better than pheasants. You will have to take your dog to an area heavily populated with the birds in order for him/her to get the most and best experience possible. If such an area does not exist, you may have to buy pen-raised birds from a licensed breeder and then plant them for the dog to find. Ask the breeder to show you how a bird is “put to sleep” by tucking its head under a wing and rocking it to sleep. (Seriously.) When the lulled bird is laid on the side where the head is tucked, the weight of the bird’s own body convinces it it is still being held and it will lay for quite a while until you (or your dog) “wake it up” or flush it. Lacking pheasants, you can also train a dog to flush game birds by using pigeons which can be considerably less expensive and a whole lot easier to find. Catch them by hand at night where they roost by shining a bright light in their eyes and just pick them up. They can be carried from the roost to your holding pen in a burlap bag without hurting them. They also respond to the wing-tuck method of pacifying them and are often used successfully for training purposes. Give your preference a try. Good luck, and have fun.

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When dogs have heart worms do their hearts race?

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Question by Katie: When dogs have heart worms do their hearts race?
I think my 4 mounth old puppy has heart worms she sleeps A LOT and her heart is racing when she is sleeping and when shes awake. she also hasn’t been eating or drinking. any Q e-mail me PLEASE.
this just started today. PLEASE HELP !!!
I know that she could be on heart worm meds but i just got her and the person before was abusive and didn’t take care of her.

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Answer by Bast
Please take your dog to the vet. She should already be on heart worm preventative at 4 months old!

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