Smartphones and pets can be an expensive and dangerous combination
Vince Vitrano, Stephanie Graham
He may look sweet and innocent, but when it comes to electronics Oision is public enemy number one. His owner Ginger McDevitt explains, "I think Oisin is a chewaholic, and for some reason he prefers crunchy things like kindles, digital cameras, cell phones."
He's not the only pooch with this problem. YouTube is filled with videos of pets treating phones and other electronics like toys.
Brian Bennett is the Senior Editor for Cell Phone Reviews for CNET. He says, "Tablets, phones, laptops even are just, you know, always around the house and, you know, dogs - especially dogs - like to grab stuff and chew them and throw them all over the place."
Experts say even if your gadget is under warranty, physical damage caused by you or your four legged best friend is usually not covered, and even a little pet slobber can destroy a device.
"Moisture can get into the screen, get into the little vents or little speaker grills. Anything like that is not covered by the manufacturer warranty," Bennett warns.
In addition to repair or replacement costs, an electronics habit could be dangerous, or even fatal for your pet. Chewing on cords can cause electric shocks and batteries can lead to serious burns. Veterinarian Duffy Jones says, "They can not only get burns in their mouth, but also burns in their stomach. Some of these burns can go on to be so bad that parts of the stomach will die and we'd actually have to do surgery to repair them."
The only real solution--keep the devices out of sight and out of reach. Also, exercise your dog regularly.
"The more tired they are, the less likely they are to get in trouble," Duffy explains.
Ginger says she's still working on it. "He has not kicked the habit yet. I warn everyone who comes into my house not to leave anything easily accessible."
If you still find yourself with a serial offender, it might be a good idea to buy an extended warranty. Experts also suggest you back up your devices regularly so if your pet does destory your device, you don't lose any data.