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Hello,

My dog Migo is a 22 pound three-ish year old, somethingorother mix from Thailand (possibly Jindo/Terrier). Tonight, I gave him a new toy he'd never had before, a leather 'cow' that had little soft leather ears on it (about an inch in length). I thought, with it being leather it'd stand up to his chewing (he likes to chew soft things, I've tried all sorts of other 'harder' things like Nyla bones and Antlers but his favourite is still soft toys).

Well, in less than 10 minutes he managed to chew off one of the ears and swallowed it down like it was nothing.

I'm concerned about it, while my husband thinks it should be okay and he'll just poop it out. Am I worrying for nothing? I'm a new dog mom, and Migo is my first dog. We've only had him for a month and I feel like I'm a terrible dog mom. I've read up on what I need to look for in case he has blocked bowels.

Tomorrow we'll be going to the vet because we suspect he has an ear infection as well, so I will be going either way, but I'm hoping my husband is right and I'm just being a worried dog mom.

To reiterate it was a piece of soft leather about an inch long and half an inch wide (maybe even smaller than that).

Any advice?
 

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You can Google dog ate leather and see if any dire warnings come up. That's what I do every time my dog chews or eats something he shouldn't. He chews up everything! A metal tube of antibiotic ointment. A toy and left the stuffing everywhere so my cat ate the stuffing and got a blockage and needed surgery and hospitalization. A stick of sunscreen. Cigarette butts, napkins, paper towels, acorns, sticks, rocks, cat food, poop, horse hoof clippings, grass, my car, doors, floors, boxes, leashes, a wicker basket, squeakers out of toys once he shreds the toy, his food bowl once it's empty if I don't refill it fast, socks, random food he finds, you name it.
After I read every hit Google has and all the conflicting information, I usually give in and call the local 24/7 vet hospital and ask them if it's an emergency, can wait, even needs to be seen and what to watch for. I've been a frequent flyer there with many older sick pets the past few years.

The one thing my past and present dogs haven't chewed up or eaten is shoes or anything leather that I can remember, mainly because my leather horse things and other belongings are expensive and I think they picked up subconsciously that if they wanted to keep their spoiled loving home with me, they'd not mess with the leather stuff.
So that's the one thing I don't know about. Although I'd guess from the number of puppies who have chewed up shoes over years, it's probably not an immediate emergency since it was a small piece. But I'm not a vet.
Welcome to dog ownership! If you have a dog that chews, soft toys don't last long. My dog can demolish a soft toy and swallow the squeaker from it in less than five minutes. He can also chew through his leash in under two minutes in the backseat while I'm driving. Smart dogs can be a bit tricky lol.
 

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Since you are already on your way to the Vets, let him or her advise you about your dogs leather consumption. Probably ok, but your Vet is the expert.
 

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leather is the hide of an animal. Dogs will eat this naturally. Not a problem. In fact, most pet shops sell raw hide chews, which is the same thing, with nasty bleaching process, or worse, xmas colours added of green and red!

The dye on leather is the only issue. Or nasty processes applied. A small cow ear on toy, will be fine.
Leave your stressing, for the big stuff, that can occur over lifespan of dog :)
 

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Hello Shadowmom,
Your post is very funny! I could not help but laughing and thinking back to my dogs as they grew up. My youngest is now 11 months old, but is all in all a very good puppy. He has only destroyed a few dog beds, pillows, plastic dishes, etc.. On the other hand our boxer/lab puppy Sherman was amazingly able to destroy things. He ate dryer vents off the house, part of the lawnmower, a bottle of stump remover (the fact that he did not die young is amazing), did his best to eat the porch off the house, rocks, shoes, boots, wood, charcoal, etc...
 

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Forget puppies, this mutt is now 3!??!!? I had serious doubts he'd make it this long. The shelter tricked me and said he was a gsd lab mix, which was neurotic enough, but then I had to go do DNA testing, and it's even worse. Lol. He's 25 percent boxer, 25 percent Chow Chow, 25 percent gsd herding working breeds mix, 12.5 percent lab and 12.5 percent American Staffordshire. So basically a large neurotic mess who's horribly prone to separation anxiety, and chews and destroys everything in sight if anxious or alone for two seconds. But independent and defiant and stubborn and runs off and drives me crazy due to the darned Chow Chow.
We should team up the destructive chewers and make a fortune on individualized house and apartment demolition! Those two in any structure for an hour wouldn't leave it standing lol.

I haven't even said what he's done to my car! Lol ... I'm glad i brought some humor in, always a good thing!
 
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