I have to admit that one of my dog’s favorite things to chew on are sticks. He has a few favorites in our yard that he mostly just holds in his mouth while he rolls around in the grass. But he loves them, so we diligently pick them up when it’s time to mow and put them back in place when we’re done. He’ll gnaw on them for a while, mostly just ripping hunks off and spitting it out, so we’ve never made much fuss about it.
That’s why it was sad to read this article about why you really shouldn’t ever let your dog play with sticks. It seems like a fairly harmless activity, but there are quite a few dangerous things that could come from it. Just to name a few –
All of these are enough to make me queasy – I think we’ll get rid of our pet sticks. We’ll do it secretly, though, so no one gets upset.