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Old 03-21-2011, 11:19 AM
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Nylabone bits causing colitis?

I was chatting with a friend online, who mentioned that her friend who works in a vets office said they see dogs with little bits of nylabone (those rice-sized pieces that the company claims can pass through) embedded in their intestines. This can make a dog really sick.

So now thats got me thinking.. we are HUGE nylabone fans. Summer has always chewed and has taken quite a bit off her bones but very gradually and always little bits (i find them all over the carpet). Is it possible she has lots of little rice-sized bits stuck and irritating her intestine causing her mucousy diarrhea? The metronidazole may be helping because of the anti-inflammatory properties..

Anyone heard of this or think this is possible? How would we go about diagnosing this? Ideas please...
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:25 AM
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Well, it seems really farfetched to me, but diagnosis is a piece of cake. Keep her off nylabones for a month. Look for a change.

You could also ask your friend how they see those bits. X-ray? Have Summer X-rayed and look.

Honestly, it seems bizarrely unlikely to me.
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:30 AM
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I'm interested in hearing responses as well, because our dogs are like Summer, they love their nylabones! In fact, I just got new ones in the mail today. I gave them their new bones and they were busy chewing for an hour!

We get the durables, the really hard ones, and we see the little bits, too, all over the carpet.

Pretty scary...
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:45 AM
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I know our breeder discourages using nylabones due to possible intestinal damage. I haven't complied with that.

I would be surprised if that was the cause of colitis though.
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The tiny sharp bits are exactly why I do not give my golden nylabones. Those bones are perfect for our collie who does not have the same powerful jaws that our golden does. And I have a picture of Jacks with an "indestructible" nylabone toy and you can see where he had gnawed pieces off already.

I can see them causing irritable bowel syndrome... and the pieces might not show up on an xray.
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If the dog breaks off a chunk of an insufficiently tough bone (like if you give a puppy bone to an adolescent dog), I can see the possibility of obstruction, but since mammals constantly have to deal with small amounts of undigestible bits in all kinds of food, I'd be really surprised to find that Nylabone material has some strange property that allows it to become embedded in the intestine.
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:05 PM
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They see the little bits embedded in the stomach/intestine wall during surgery.. I don't want exploratory surgery!!

It wouldnt show up on an xray. Not dense enough..
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They see the little bits embedded in the stomach/intestine wall during surgery.. I don't want exploratory surgery!!

It wouldnt show up on an xray. Not dense enough..
This person has been personally present for many exploratory surgeries in which the stomach and/or intestines are actually opened up? And Nylabone bits were present multiple times? That just sounds so weird to me, especially since my vet is an ER surgeon who does tons and tons of obstruction surgeries and recommends Nylabones.

But hey, I sure as heck don't know everything.
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They see the little bits embedded in the stomach/intestine wall during surgery.. I don't want exploratory surgery!!

It wouldnt show up on an xray. Not dense enough..

That's an interesting theory. I may ask our vet next time I see her.
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especially since my vet is an ER surgeon who does tons and tons of obstruction surgeries and recommends Nylabones.
Likely because nylabones are generally safer - worst case scenario, they cause IBS instead of Blockage. A dog is not going to bite off a big enough chunk to choke on, unlike a rawhide bone which softens and unrolls and unwatched dogs will try to hawk the whole thing down.

I prefer rawhide because I have dogs who only chew when with their people who keep an eye on them. Rawhide is not an option for people who crate and leave their dogs alone for a few hours. Whereas nylabone and antlers might be a resort for these people and their dogs...
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