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#1 Brian Munn

 

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        Posted 29 December 2006 - 08:02 PM

A word of warning, really.

Lily and me were in the field behind our house - I was throwing her favourite stick and she was fetching it. It is big - about two metres long - and to get it to go any distance I needed to swing it way back then launch it forward.

In her excitement to get at it she ran toward it as it was mid-swing and it smacked her on the side of her jaw with real force. She ran off yelping so loud that people came to see what was going on. I eventually got her into the car and off to the vet we went.

After an examination I was relieved to hear that she just had bruising (how can you tell?) but her jaw was intact, if rather painful and swollen. Four pain killer tablets set me back 25, by the way.

Anyway, now to the real reason for this post. The vet told me she sees at least one dog a month with serious oral or throat injuries caused by chasing sticks that, when thrown, have stuck in the ground. The dog, in its excitement, runs full pelt onto the stick with its mouth open and spears itself.

This is something I had never considered before. But after a sturn lecture from the vet we now stick to balls, frizbees and the like.
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        Posted 29 December 2006 - 10:48 PM

OWW Hope Lily is feeling better. The bruises will probably hurt for a few days or a week or so..
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I hadn't thought much about the stick throwing.. like you mentioned.. it landing straight up in the air.. I haven't tossed sticks for my labs.. however. I try to keep the yard clear of them.. as Duke my younger labby will chew them to bits.. and my kids will play sword fights with them.. I always worry about someone getting one in the eye.. or worse.. (your gonna put an eye out..)
We have several huge oak trees surrounding our property.. they are constantly dropping sticks and leaves.
We had one come down this fall and it took out our neighbors truck..creamed it good.. had to be salvaged and everything. (the trees are his anyway) Then another one was so damaged from the storm it had to be cut down. We had a microburst .. trees fell down all over the area.. looked like I imagine a tornado would.. if it was just a f1 or so.. we now have lots of good burning wood tho.. smile.gif

We have lots and lots of rubber type toys and cloth bones.. we generally stick to tossing those and or a ball. My labs aren't fond of tennis balls.. I think they like the kong much better.. I think the reason Sadie fetches it.. is cause it has had food inside it.. and Duke will follow her to see what she is going to get.. make sure she doesn't get something better than he gets.. there is a bit of sibling rivalry going on still here.. they are still getting used to us and each other. And now.. I have gone waay off topic.. as usual..
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        Posted 29 December 2006 - 11:04 PM

I hope she is going to be ok. I also hope that this does not deture her from retrieving. May I suggest a retrieving dummy. They are soft durable and there is little chance for injury.
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        Posted 30 December 2006 - 08:37 AM

QUOTE (Brian Munn @ Dec 30 2006, 01:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A word of warning, really.

Lily and me were in the field behind our house - I was throwing her favourite stick and she was fetching it. It is big - about two metres long - and to get it to go any distance I needed to swing it way back then launch it forward.

In her excitement to get at it she ran toward it as it was mid-swing and it smacked her on the side of her jaw with real force. She ran off yelping so loud that people came to see what was going on. I eventually got her into the car and off to the vet we went.

After an examination I was relieved to hear that she just had bruising (how can you tell?) but her jaw was intact, if rather painful and swollen. Four pain killer tablets set me back 25, by the way.

Anyway, now to the real reason for this post. The vet told me she sees at least one dog a month with serious oral or throat injuries caused by chasing sticks that, when thrown, have stuck in the ground. The dog, in its excitement, runs full pelt onto the stick with its mouth open and spears itself.

This is something I had never considered before. But after a sturn lecture from the vet we now stick to balls, frizbees and the like.


Thanks for sharing this information with the group, because I too am guilty of throwing a stick with my four Labs and they love to run around with the stick showing each other their King of the stick and hill. Something I know it no such a good thing!!!!! Your post will surely make me think a lot more before I start throwing sticks again!!!

Thanks!

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QUOTE (Benjamin @ Dec 30 2006, 01:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for sharing this information with the group, because I too am guilty of throwing a stick with my four Labs and they love to run around with the stick showing each other their King of the stick and hill. Something I know it no such a good thing!!!!! Your post will surely make me think a lot more before I start throwing sticks again!!!

Thanks!

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Ps I hope your friend is feeling okay?? Give a hug from my 4 Labs!

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        Posted 31 December 2006 - 09:02 AM

Welcome to the site Brian. You'll find there's a few Brits on here.
My Lab Tessa has never been one for sticks, she prefers tennis balls. Saying that, she'll pop it in about 30 seconds!
We look forward to seeing pics of Lily!
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        Posted 31 December 2006 - 10:32 AM

Pictures of Lily....that shows my age!!



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