For dog owners, it can be an all too familiar situation— you come home to find your loveable, rambunctious furry friend has again chewed up your belongings while you were away. While taking inventory of what was damaged, you discover a few things are missing.
The squeaky toy that your dog loved so much is now shredded up on the floor, but where is the actual squeaker? Your shoes may be damaged, but what happened to the shoe laces? Didn’t that bottle from the recycling bin have a top on it?
“Having a Labrador Retriever myself, I can recall the countless things he has consumed,” said Clint Lawrence, vice president of sales and marketing at PetFirst Pet Insurance. “Not knowing what or if your pet ate something is scary and many pet parents would rather play it safe than the alternative.”
Monetarily, these situations can be concerning as you replace an expensive pillow, remote control or smartphone. But, it can be even scarier and more costly when your pet actually ingests the item.
According to PetFirst, the average vet bill for consuming an inedible object is $1,285.99. These vet trips do not come cheap, especially if the object cannot be easily passed through the dog’s stool. In those situations, an emergency operation is sometimes required to remove the object.
If you are searching for a new dog to bring into your home, or simply wondering why your pooch is constantly eating things around the house, understand there are few breeds more likely to chew and eat things other than their food. In general, dogs that chew more are the same dogs that veterinarians often see for foreign body ingestion issues.
Below is a list of the breeds most likely to end up in the vet office with a chewing or foreign body ingestion related health issue.
- Labrador Retrievers – It may come as a surprise that the most popular dog breed in the United States is also the most likely to chew up and ingest non-food items. It is not uncommon for a Labrador to ingest a piece of tennis ball or toy and go about his day as if nothing happened. Because they are so big, they could potentially ingest something large and dangerous and have been known to swallow whole tennis balls.
- Beagles – These pups have a tremendous sense of smell, which also explains why they love to eat, eat and eat some more. This breed doesn’t always use their keen sense of smell to discriminate food from non-edibles.
- Golden Retrievers – These dogs are extremely popular for their happy-go-lucky attitude andadorable curiosity. Their natural inclination is to retrieve something with their mouth, and if not properly trained, those same objects could easily get chewed or swallowed.
- Pit Bulls – This breed is known to have very powerful jaws. When they decide to clamp down or chew on something, the object usually stands very little chance of remaining intact.
- Jack Russell Terriers – With a high energy level and propensity to dig, this breed doesn’t wear down easily. Their high stamina causes them to constantly wander and find something to get into.
Luckily, proper training can usually eliminate or minimize your dog’s unwanted chewing behaviors. If your dog does swallow something, make sure to call your vet and he/she will help you assess the seriousness of the situation and whether or not you should take action to have the object removed.
For those dogs, or cats, with a propensity for eating odd objects, pet insurance can be a smart choice.
“We see some expensive vet bills for very odd objects that pet’s consume,” said Lawrence. “We’ve had claims for pets that have eaten razor blades, sewing needles, rocks, feminine products, underwear and more.”
Pet insurance can help with costly vet bills, like foreign body ingestions. Learn more about pet insurance at www.petfirst.com.
PetFirst is the fastest growing pet insurer in North America offering easy-to-understand lifelong coverage for dogs and cats. PetFirst’s comprehensive coverage is unique in the industry providing simplified policies with coverage for hereditary, chronic, and breed-specific conditions with no per-diagnosis limits. PetFirst offers pet insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through animal welfare agencies, retailers, employers, as well as other partners. For more information about PetFirst pet insurance, visit www.petfirst.com or call 877-894-7387.