Dogs of all sizes and ages love to play with rope toys. What you may not know, is that there is a large health risk behind rope toys. I will tell you the story of my friend, Carrie, and her Black Lab Shiloh.
Carrie’s dog Shiloh loved rope toys, like any other dog. This being said, whenever Carrie would take Shiloh to pet stores she would always by them for Shiloh. Carrie began to notice that Shiloh was vomiting more then usual. She also began to notice that Shiloh’s appetite had decreased rapidly. She then took Shiloh to the vet.
As it turns out Shiloh was very sick. She was suffering from a Gastrointestinal Foreign body. Shiloh had to have surgery immediately because of the state that she was in. As it turns out the cause of the Gastrointestinal Foreign Body was the rope toys that Shiloh played with. While Shiloh played with her rope toys, she swallowed quite a bit of debris. Because of the vast amount of debris that were now stuck in Shiloh’s intestines the doctor’s were not able to cure her. Shiloh was in such bad shape, the vet said that it would be best, to put Shiloh to sleep.
After hearing this story, I quickly threw out all of the rope toy’s that my dog had. If you think about it, rope toy’s are an easy cause for a Gastrointestinal Foreign body. Whenever a dog plays with any toy, that is not solid, they tend to swallow bits and pieces of the toy. If your dog has ever eaten toilet paper, you will see toilet paper residue in his/her feces. If your dog eats toilet paper, most of the time it is harmless, and easily digested because it is made of soft material. This being said, if your dog swallows pieces of a rope toy, which is made of rough material, It will not easily be digested. It will possibly get stuck in your dogs intestines, and the same thing that happened to Carrie’s dog, could possibly happen to your dog.
All dogs’ digestive systems are different, just like humans. Some dogs are able to digest certain things, that other dogs can’t. Your dog may not have the same problem with rope toys that Carrie’s dog had, but there is a chance that he/she does. I strongly suggest getting rid of any rope toy your dog has, no matter how much your dog enjoys playing with it. There are several other toys that are like rope toys, without the rough material. The reasons dogs like rope toys is because they love to play tug of war, and they love to chew. A toy I suggest getting your dog to replace a rope toy would be, a Kong Tug Toy. Since I have taken away all of my dog’s rope toys, he seems to enjoy the Kong Tug Toy just as much as he enjoyed the regular rope toys.