Hi everyone! This is very important!! Recently, two beautiful dogs, Lola & Rumba, passed away from accidentally swallowing the strings from a regular, Petsmart rope toy!! The owner, instagram user @fg_lola , posted this on instagram. “…We want to share the cause of their passing so it doesn’t happen to your babies. Lola and Rumba chewed their toy and swallowed threads, clogging their intestines. Lola choked and passed out before we could even make it to the vet. Our world came crashing as this nightmare begins to unravel. We could not believe that our princess was no longer alive. Then, we noticed Rumba was not eating. Everything seemed fine, but something in my heart said that she too had swallowed the same threads as Lola. After 2 vets, one recommended exploratory surgery. At first we thought her surgery was a success. The vet said it was a very complicated surgery because her intestines were scrunched up like an accordion and were severely bruised. They kept her in the hospital for 5 days and she still wasn’t eating. We visited her every morning and evening while she was there. The vet called us and mentioned us taking her home to see if she would eat in her comfort zone. It breaks my heart to tell you that she didn’t make it through the night. Losing both of our girls has been such a traumatic and painful time in our lives. My heart is broken into a million pieces and our home feels empty without them…” The toy that they gave their dogs was a regular rope toy!!! If you have any of these dog toys in your house DISPOSE OF THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Please reblog this to get the word out! #NoRopeToys
This is exactly why I also urge kitty owners to not leave strings and feathers (buttons, change/ coins, ect) around their pets; especially when not supervised. I’m so sorry to hear about these poor beautiful babies passing. Please spread the word about these dangers to all pet owners.
This is an unfortunate event. However, as a dog trainer (for PetSmart actually) I feel that people need to know a bit about chewing. The chewing behavior is thought to be most prevalent during puppy-hood (especially during the teething phase which occurs approximately at four-months old until six-months old). The truth is, dog will always have the natural need to maintain their teeth (kind of like how cats have the need to maintain their nails by scratching objects).
Never leave your dog (regardless of age) alone with rope toys, stuffed/squeaker toys, tennis balls or dog beds. If your dog is unsupervised only provide them with hard object type toys (a classic Kong, Nylabone or actual pet safe bone - also do not give dogs a cooked bone, they can splinter and cause your dog to choke). Only use soft/potentially consumable toys when you can give your dog 100% of your attention. It is basically like watching a toddler.
Even if you trust your adult dog not to chew, accidents can happen. If a dog isn’t getting enough stimulation (aka they are bored), if can come out in a problem behavior such as chewing. Adult dogs left alone for too long in a crate can destroy and eat bedding, soft toys, blankets, etc. Even non-crated adult dogs can find something to chew in the house if they are bored enough. I also work in the grooming salon at my store, and this year my salon manager had the unfortunate experience of having to euthanize one of her dogs (a Doberman that was approximately three-years old, almost four) because it ate a towel when no one was home/watching her.
Also it is highly suggested to keep crate training a dog until they are at least two years of age (when they hit maturity). Many individuals tend to trust their dog at about one-year old, however at a year and a half they hit their teenage hormone stage, and can revert to puppy like behaviors (aka chewing).
I am deeply sorry for your loss of Lola and Rumba. Losing a pet…a family member is never easy. Especially two losses to close together. I sincerely hope the information I have provided can help others prevent such a situation as yours. <3