Are Mesquite Chips Poisonous to Dogs?

by Ruth de Jauregui Google
Retrieving a stick may encourage Scruffy to chew on wood.

Retrieving a stick may encourage Scruffy to chew on wood.

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The trail of mesquite chips lead from the barbeque supplies to the garden, where Scruffy is happily chewing the wood into tiny splinters. While mesquite adds flavor to your grilled foods, you don't want your puppy chewing on wood. It's not until later that you wonder if mesquite is poisonous to dogs -- and the answer is "No."

Chewing

While mesquite isn't poisonous, chewing on wood should be discouraged. Wood splinters imbedded in Scruffy's mouth or throat, or his choking on a large piece of wood, could prompt an emergency trip to the veterinarian. Scruffy may chew on your mesquite chips, fence, firewood or trees for a variety of reasons, including boredom, anxiety or teething. Distract him with a chew toy or take him for a walk to temporarily stop his chewing. If he has anxiety issues or compulsively chews, talk to your veterinarian or trainer about ways to modify his behavior.

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About the Author

Ruth de Jauregui is the author of "The Soul of California—Cooking for the Holidays," "Ghost Towns" and "100 Medical Milestones That Shaped World History." A graphic artist and writer for more than 30 years, she maintains several blogs and is working on her first novels, a fantasy and a steamfunk alternate history.

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