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I'm passing this on as a friend of mine alarmed me..

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A friend of mine just emailed me this today, everyone with children or anyone who buys "kids toys" for their dogs, read this.

Last night at agility class, a vet, who is a fellow agility student was telling us about a case she had this week. The dog ate a child's teddy bear and was very sick. When she opened the dog up to remove what she thought was an intestinal obstruction she found a huge gelatin type mess inside and the dogs intestines were black and the tissue dead. The dog will die no surgery can fix him up there was no living intestine left from stomach to colon.

This was not an obstruction. .... so she called the manufacturer of the Teddy Bear on a quest to find out what the gel was and what killed the dog. Turns out the stuffing in children's toys contains ingredients for flame retardants and mite control! It is designed to be come a gel. It is highly toxic. Now you would think a child's toy would be safe because it is for children, but they don't expect a child to eat the stuffing of the toys... huummmm that seems a bit scary too. But we all know dogs demolish stuffed toys.

So do not give or buy your dog any children's stuffed animals... some people get them at goodwill etc. The vet will be posting a warning and story and I will send any other facts as needed and as I learn more. Maybe some children's toys do not have this ingredient, but better to be safe then sorry. So meanwhile, make sure all your dog toys are for dogs. Please pass this on... it is a horrible death she described and one that can be avoided.
 

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I thought those retardents were only used in older toys?? Wow, what a sad story!! I never really thought about it but back in his days Coco probably went through hundreds of kids toys. He only ever ate small shreds of the ears (what we coulnd't stop him at) and the stuffing ended up all over the floors.
My heart goes out to anyone who lost their dog over something like this :(
 

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I feel so bad for the owner :( you'd think something that toxic would not be allowed in childrens toys
 

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I wiki'ed it after and the toys made with "flame retardents" are the ones made in China and they are monitered now and illegal in North America. . Well, key word is "supposed" to be. Toys will obviously get in with smuggling and immigrants etc. . In any case, yes there are laws to prevent their use so I would advise contacting the manufacture.
 

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This was obviously a low quality and cheap made toy
I dont think that is the case. I do not in any way promote or agree with childrens toys containing chemicals, however it is fairly common that product of that sort contains something like flame retardant. Not only is it found in toys, but in insulation, matresses, crib matresses etc. I don't think that a "cheap" toy was the cause of this problem and I am very glad this was posted, because i have given childrens toys to my dog and not thought anything of it. Im glad someone brought this up!
 

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http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/stuffedtoys.asp

This has been circulating the internet for awhile. Apparently, according to the vet who operated on the dog described in the email, the death of the dogs intestines was caused by chemicals used to prohibit the growth of bacteria inside the toy, and not flame retardants. However I don't think the toys where ever tested to find out exactly what chemical was the culprit.

I personally think the key is that you really should be supervising your dog during play. I've heard stories of dogs being hurt or killed by toys specifically made for dogs as well. If the dog in the story was supervised, no matter what toy it was playing with it shouldn't have had to opportunity to ingest any part of a toy. I know accidents do happen, and they can be very unfortunate, but simple supervision can go a long way towards keeping your pets safer.
 

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I was trying to find this on snopes but couldn't.

I wouldn't think that the flame retardants would become a gel. Other wise it would in the washer, and all children's pjs and sheets and bedding can be washed and don't turn into jelly and all have flame retardants.
 

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I wiki'ed it after and the toys made with "flame retardents" are the ones made in China and they are monitered now and illegal in North America. . Well, key word is "supposed" to be. Toys will obviously get in with smuggling and immigrants etc. . In any case, yes there are laws to prevent their use so I would advise contacting the manufacture.
Even so...a thrift store might have all kinds of stuff from ages ago. Poor guy
 

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Hm, true. It's a valid concern for sure! I'm not saying it isn't. I agree with Michelle, dogs should be supervised with their toys. Especially dogs who like to chew off pieces like eyes and ears. I've seen some crazy things on display at the vet which were hauled from dog intestines. :(
 

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Not that one should spend 30$ on a toy if your dog will rip it to pieces in 10 mins!! That's nuts. I recommend Kong products bc they last. But if you're in the market for 'cheaper' toys than random thrift store ones (and we HAD to bc we couldn't afford to keep up with Coco's toy destroying habit when he was younger) Wal Mart and such places sell cheaper toys made without the flame retardent stuff or whatever. Organic kid's toys, organic dog's toys. . But Kong are pretty resiliant.
 
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