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

    With degrees in fine and commercial art and Spanish, Ruth de Jauregui is an old-school graphic artist, book designer and published author. De Jauregui also worked in the Napa Valley as a high-end catering assistant. She enthusiastically pursues creative and community interests, including gardening, home improvement, pet rescue and social issues.

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