Dal Paso Animal Hospital

          ‚Äč575-397-2286

                                            1830 N Dal Paso Street, Hobbs NM 88240

Monday-Friday  8am-5pm

Saturday  8am-12 noon

Monday-Friday  8am-5pm

Saturday  8am-12 noon

Did you know............

That chew toys like the one pictured below are generally considered safe and can provide hours of fun and exercise for dogs that love chew toys.  But they can also be hazardous and it is always best to *supervise*  your pet when playing with similar toys.  This poor dog had his tongue sucked into the hole of his chew toy.  Unfortunately this dog was not being supervised.  When the owner returned home she found her poor dog had her tongue trapped in the toy all day.  The owner was very upset and called me last Sunday on the clinic emergency phone number and she rushed the dog over to us.  My vet tech and I cut away the chew toy to find a tongue that was triple its normal size and all of the outer skin of the tongue had been scraped off as the dog struggled to remove her trapped tongue during the day.  After several days, lots of pain medicine, anti-inflammatorys and antibiotics  we were able to return the tongue to its normal size and shape.  I am happy to report that the pooch is doing great today!  *But* this dog was lucky.  Some dogs have had their tongues torn off completely and many others lost circulation for so long the tissue died and the tongue had to be amputated! 

So please be careful when giving your dog a chew toy.  Make certain it is safe and if there is any doubt always supervise the play time.  

Dr. Cloward,   Dal Paso Animal Hospital