A few days ago, I gave Ziggy an 8-inch rawhide chew bone and have been letting him work on it. But keeping a careful eye on him, because I know when a rawhide is about the length of the palm of my hand, and really softened up, there's a good chance that he'll try to swallow it whole.
A few minutes ago, he did exactly that, and LUCKLY I was watching him from my work desk, because he started to choke and couldn't breathe! I opened his mouth and could see it stuck at the back of his throat. He was trying to swallow it down, so I quickly grabbed a handful of kibble and gave it to him, watched him chew up the kibble, and swallow everything down in one gulp. I got him running behind me to be sure that he was still breathing okay, and he was. Thank GOD!!!
So be careful when your Bs chewies are almost small enough to swallow. If you're not there when it happens, you might face a terrible disaster.