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Why Does My Dog Love Chewing on Water Bottles?

August 7, 2019

There's nothing more frustrating for a dog owner than to purchase the latest pet toy only to have their dog abandon it for an empty water bottle they found. Chewing is natural for dogs and chewing on the right toy helps keep their teeth white and their gums healthy. Plastic water bottles are not only a convenient size for most pups to tote around, the crackle of the flexing plastic has a mesmerizing appeal. Although tossing your empty water bottle to your furry friend may seem harmless enough, veterinarians warn not to leave your best friend chewing on a bottle unattended.

Even young puppies can break the surface of the plastic bottle rather easily. Unfortunately, pieces of torn plastic or the bottle cap can be ingested. If a blockage occurs or a sharp piece of plastic cuts your pet's mouth, it could cost you a trip to the veterinary emergency room. An intestinal blockage is a common reason for a pet hospital visit and, due to the need for internal imaging, can be among the most expensive. Moreover, some pet product manufacturers offer a hard rubber toy that makes a crackly noise when your pet chews on the rubber. To avoid the stress of an unexpected vet visit, select safe chewing options for your  dog.

Pet toy manufacturers have created substitute products that have an appealing, crackly sound when chewed and are encapsulated to prevent smaller pieces from cutting the soft tissue of the dog's mouth and gums. In addition, the outer covering prevents ingestion of plastic pieces that could be harmful to the pet's digestive system. A homemade version of a bottle cruncher can made putting an empty water bottle in a heavy sports sock or hunting sock. Moreover, your dog should be exercised regularly so there is a productive release of energy that helps to reduce compulsive acts like chewing.

Even when you pick a safer toy for your pet, never forget that a determined chewer can gnaw their way through just about anything. For that reason, it is best to not leave your dog, especially a puppy, unattended with any object that could be torn into pieces and/or swallowed. Following a few pet safety tips will help to keep you out of the vet's office, while allowing hours of playful fun with your favorite companion.

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