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Mythbuster! Are Paintballs dangerous if a dog eats it? local paper ran an article about paintballs being poisonous? Rate Topic: -----

#16 User is offline   KILLER TRENT 

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 02:57 PM

See if this lady would just go out and try our sport, then maybe she would BOINKING get all mad. I truly and deeply hate people that make a big deal out of little things like this lady has
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:30 PM

Paintball toxicity

Like most things paintball can be toxic in high doses.

Read the initial article details and it is a question with a reasonable answer.

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On Sundays, I know a group of paintballers come out and war with each other, and that’s fine, but a group of us dog walkers and horse riders noticed our animals were eating the unexploded paintballs left out in the field. These things are made of gelatin, so the animals take right to them. I don’t know if the paintballs are poisonous to animals, but instead of endangering our pets, couldn’t these guys simply clean up after themselves? — Dog Walker, Imperial

We called the folks at Desert Paintballs at 651 Main St. in Brawley in hopes they could put us in contact with the airport paintballers. Manager Jorge Santana, unfortunately, did not recall any of his customers as the same Sunday rumblers out in the field.

Instead, we shifted our conversation toward paintballs and whether they are hazardous to human or animals.

In short, no.

“Paintballs are food coloring, fish oils and gelatin. The shell is gelatin and the filling is fish oils and food coloring,” he said. “Keep in mind there are various different types of oils, but they all nontoxic. They are biodegradable.”

Santana said he spent a lot of time playing paintball on his father’s farm, where not only would the paint wash off the trees with ease and nourish the grass with fish oils, but the paintballs themselves seemed to be a treat for his dad’s goats.

“Animals are usually smarter than we are; they usually know what they can eat and can’t eat,” he said.

We asked Santana if cleaning up after themselves was customary with paintballers, and he said it should be. In fact, there’s a sign on the wall at Desert Paintballs that says, “If you take it in, take it out. Leave it cleaner than when you got there, or lose the privilege of playing there.”

But, he said, that can’t always be the case with the paintballs themselves. He said if there are a lot of unexploded paintballs, it’s likely the shooters are using cheap ammo. He said the good stuff is meant to pop when you drop it to the ground from shoulder height.


Out here in the UK we find it pretty hard to understand that it is acceptable to play paintball in an open public place, as opposed to a fenced off area.

Make a reasonable effort to keep the area safe when playing and clear up everything that is reasonable. I see you have highlighted that the area has been used for dumping rubbish. (Referring to dog mess is a bit of 'you make a mess too')

A good neighbourhood thing will be to organise a group to help clear out the rubbish, all you ned is something to shift it out. Contact the paper that the website is from and try to arrange through them to get dog walkers and paintballers together to tidy up and the local 'public works' or whichever to take it. A good bit of PR for you all.
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 04:21 PM

Depending on th epaint, they can make dogs dehydrated in some way or another. Someone on here a couple years ago almost lost a dog to paintballls.
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 04:54 PM

I'm forbidden to keep open bags of paintballs in the house because my chihuahua loves to eat them. It doesn't matter how hard I try to keep him out of them he will find a way to get at them so any open bags I have left from a game I give away. So far he is still alive but he will puke up paint everywhere but he does the same with whatever he gorges on Kleenex, milk bones, cardboard, cashews etc. I am convinced that chihuahuas are genetically programmed to puke on anything clean.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 05:05 PM

"but instead of endangering our pets, couldn’t these guys simply clean up after themselves? — Dog Walker, Imperial"

Yeah, I'm sure these guys can walk through out the field and pick up all the unbroken paint..... And what's with people and "exploded" paint? It not really like an explosion at all. Oh well.

As for dogs eating paint, I shoot in my backyard and my dogs around it. They have licked it and tried it before, but for the most part it doesn't interest them enough to become a problem. They are two jack russells and they are fine. They've also eaten cheese, chocolate and almost anything in the house. The worst that the two of them have had was mild indigestion and hurling a bit.
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 05:49 PM

Thanks for all ur comments. A lot of people are supporting paintball so im happy. make sure u check out the link to my local paper. leave a comment like proX did....thank you!
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 07:58 PM

T-Freak, on Mar 14 2009, 10:26 AM, said:

Our Chocolate Lab ate a whole case once...her crap was pink for a week


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Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:27 PM

If you read the article it doesn't make a big deal about what the lady is saying. It actually disproves it a little.
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:50 AM

You guys that are acting like she is trying to ruin the sport, please calm down. This is just a lady that enjoys the outdoors like we do and she is worried about her pets. All she needs is to be told that she should not worry about it too much, and the paintballers should use paint that breaks easier. I would't get flustered about it.

And the whole "war" thing, what else do you call it when you see a bunch of kids go into the woods and shoot at each other. I used to go play "war" with my fake guns and friends when i was little.

As far as i know they are not toxic, but i would try to keep any animals i had away from them.
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 12:05 PM

ghostinthewood, on Mar 14 2009, 04:21 PM, said:

Depending on th epaint, they can make dogs dehydrated in some way or another. Someone on here a couple years ago almost lost a dog to paintballls.

If the fill causes diarrhea that is bad enough and lasts long enough it can cause severe dehydration. The number of paintballs required to do something like that would be huge though, depending on the dog. If someones not responsible enough to keep their dog from eating things it not supposed to, that's their fault and their problem. chocolate is more dangerous to animals than paint is.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 04:40 PM

I pwn 17 acres and I have about 10-12 guys playing on my land every Sunday. About every 3 weeks or so I go out into the woods w/ a 5 gal. bucket w/ water and scrub brush on a broomstick... I scrub some of the real lit up trees and rocks and general obstacles real quick.... and once in a while I go out there w/ a rake and garbage bag and rake up around some of the more popular hiding spots and obstacles.... my woods don't look that bad considering the epic battles it hosts... get some of your pals to do some of this kinda clean up once in a while in your woods to keep the heat off... I use about 4 gal. of warm water and a couple drops of dish soap... in the winter the water gets cold but it still works... it'll take me a couple hours, less if I get help.... but like I said it's only a dozen guys spraying about 38,000 balls a month or so
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 04:50 PM

ive eaten over 100 paintballs, because there was a thing at a local store, if you could eat like... 200 or something like 500, you get a free angel... i didnt get sick, didnt get the runs... nuthin, just had a bad aftertaste is all
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 05:27 PM

FreeEnterprise, on Mar 14 2009, 05:45 PM, said:

my dog loves paintballs...


He eats any he can find. (cocker spaniel).


Usually he just chucks up pretty pink or blue...

But they have never hurt him, and he got a whole bag once out of my garage.

Tell her to quit worrying. Dogs eat poop too... Their dogs...


Lol..Why do dogs eat poop? If i saw my dog trying eat something i did not know if it was toxic or not i would get my dog away from the item in question... it's a no brainer people!!!You wouldn't let your own child eat poop! now would you....
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 05:37 PM

This is coming from a dog person- not a tree hugging nature nut, but a dog owner with a little more knowledge and experience than the average dog owner. Paintballs may not be poisonous, but they can be dangerous if a dog ingests too many. My nephew's yellow Lab ended up blind from ingesting paintballs (she used to run through their woods eating the paintballs after a game). It wasn't making sense to me when he told me, so I looked up the condtion that caused the blindness. I've forgotten the name of it, but the one thing I remembered is that the condtion can be brought on by a high fat intake. Now, I serioulsy doubt that woman's dogs would be able to ingest enough paintballs to go blind, unless she isn't keeping an eye on them.

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the name of what my nephew's dog came down with is SARDS (Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome)

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 11:05 PM

waynes world has had a biig link to paintballs being toxic for dogs for a long time. never read it, but you might wanna look into it.
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