The indiscriminate chewer

Toki is a very dainty eater and chewer.  She doesn’t gobble her chews or eat toys, household items, and other foreign man-made objects.  But, when it comes to nature’s bounty, Toki transforms into a little chewing barbarian.

She loves to demolish small bushes, crunch pine cones, and demolish the fallen palm leaves that fall onto our Venice Beach sidewalks.

If you need proof – here’s Toki in 8 mm (from a previous post about some fun iPhone apps).

Apparently, Toki also loves to eat bamboo Tiki huts.

While we were out of town a few weeks back, Toki stayed with her dog sitter, who has a Tiki hut that Toki found particularly irresistible.  When we picked her up after her trip, we noticed that Toki would occasionally make a funny sound with her mouth–almost like she had peanut butter in her mouth.  We thought maybe she had something stuck in her teeth, but couldn’t find anything out of the ordinary.  It was only the next morning, when we pried open Toki’s mouth, that we spotted a piece of bamboo stuck in the roof of her mouth!!  Poor Toki.

We ended up taking her to the vet, who had to give her a sedative before they could remove the bamboo stick.

I’d heard about bones getting stuck in the roof of dogs’ mouths, but hadn’t been too concerned about the prospect because Toki is usually a very dainty chewer.  I guess I didn’t take into account her interest in Tiki huts.

Lesson learned!

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6 Responses to The indiscriminate chewer

  1. Ack! That sounds SO painful. Like bamboo under the fingernails thing. You would think after something like that dogs would learn not to do that again but they never do! Hide your Tiki Huts folks! Ha, ha.

  2. Benny & Lily says:

    yikes..that does sound painful
    Benny & Lily

  3. I wish Kip wouldn’t destroy anything remotely in his reach 😦

    But it looks like chewing on the wild has it’s share of misfortunes too.

    Hope Toki is all better now!

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