Ever heard of a puppy choking to death on shredded newspaper?


Let’s say you leave your puppy in an exercise pen in your kitchen during the day because you’re gone too long to leave the pup crated. You put newspapers down on the floor; puppy manages to tear off some pieces and swallow it, choking to death on the newspaper.

I understand that anything is possible, but how likely do you think this scenario is? Have you ever heard of anything like this?
Thanks for the responses.

The reason I asked is because I someone is saying that this happened to their 12 week old boxer puppy after they followed MY advice to put the pup in an exercise pen rather than crate it for 10 hours straight. I’d feel horrible if this really did happen but something about the story seems a little off to me. Just thought I’d ask.

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11 Responses to “Ever heard of a puppy choking to death on shredded newspaper?”

  1. wishnuwelltoo says:

    I have never heard of that happening, call your vet/vet tech and ask them if that could happen. I guess anything could happen, but millions of people do just what you said, leave the puppy in a x-pen while they are at work. I guess if someone works for 10 hours, they shouldn’t have a puppy in the first place. Even if you suggested the x-pen with a litter box method, the puppy could have eaten the pellets from the litter box method. I wonder if they left food and water for the sacred puppy. Well I just can’t comprehend leaving one of my sacred puppies for 10 whole hours, you are right, that doesn’t sound right.

  2. Nicolas C hates BSL says:

    Never heard of it but it would be possible.

  3. UMI? says:

    My puppy choked on a brown paper bag once (he’d got into the recycle bin, needless to say I’ve moved it now). If I wasn’t home I don’t know what could’ve happened.
    So yes, I absolutely do believe that that can happen.

  4. pmg784 says:

    No, the dog most likely wouldn’t choke. However, I would definitly not suggest it.

  5. Goldenly Addicted *Shoo BYBers!* says:

    Never heard of puppies or dogs chocking from swallowing newspapers but freak accidents do happen. I’d say there’s a 5% chance that a dog/puppy will get chocked on pieces of newspapers.

  6. Chula Lula says:

    Well anything is possible but don’t think that would happen UNLESS the dog is hungry and there is no food available. Then it might think the paper is good enough to eat and eat until its stomach is full.
    I have seen puppies in the pet store with shredded white paper in their enclosures and i’ve seen none of them snacking on it.

  7. betv2003 says:

    I’ve never heard of it but it sounds entirely possible it could happen.

  8. TanteL says:

    I never have, but I suppose it could be possible; it would depend on the size and age of the puppy.

  9. Bonzie12 says:

    Never heard of it but I can see how it would happen.

  10. Sara says:

    Never in my life have I heard of anything like this. Puppies eat far worse stuff and survive, I just don’t see how newspaper could be the cause. My 14 week old APBT managed to eat my sons paci, which is far bigger and bulkier than a piece of newspaper.

  11. Dee says:

    I really don’t think it’s very likely. I’ve seen puppies/dogs tear it up, even chew on it, but I’ve never seen one actually eat it. I think the ink must taste pretty bad b/c I’ve always seen them spit it out. It’d have to be an awfully large hunk of paper to cause choking- not just a few pieces torn off. Of course, that depends on the size of the pup, but still…..freak accidents do happen, but in my 20+ years of dogs I’ve never heard of it happening.FWIW

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