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    Puppy eating and passing sticks. .

    9 week old retriever has been eating sticks and grass, never seem to affect him or anything so I more or less let him do what he wanted . Mostly because I didn't realise he was actually swallowing big pieces.. .
    He pooped a small hand full of nothing but wood, but there was a small amount of blood in his stool.
    I took a picture, if it's a good idea to post it ( or anyone wants to see that...)

    What should I do? He's due for a check up next week. Should I just monitor him and his stool, stop him from eating sticks. Or take immediate action by taking him in?

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    Re: Puppy eating and passing sticks. .

    http://imgur.com/fpgytj3

    There's the pic

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    Re: Puppy eating and passing sticks. .

    Seems to be two types of retrievers, those that destroy and those that swallow. My previous dog would chew and swallow ... he never got in trouble. My current dog usually chews and destroys, rarely swallowing. But sometimes he does swallow. So, when he gets too interested, I stop him.

    For your pup, he is learning about the world by chewing on everything, indiscriminately ... So, you WILL have to protect him from eating toxic plants, but grass shouldn't hurt him. Sticks are fun to chew, b/c they're crunchy, but you'll have to stop him when you see him swallowing, maybe trading for something more difficult to swallow. You can give him baby carrots to chew ... I give my adult dogs a couple of raw carrots, as 'dessert' or a chew toy, after their meal.

    If he is eating and pooping OK and mostly on schedule, then you might monitor and bring it up next week. Most of these things tend to resolve themselves out one end or the other. You can also give him a tablespoon of plain, canned pumpkin (with no spice or sugar) with his meal, to help things move along.

    If you notice that he's not hungry or that he is straining to poop, you may want to call the Vet.

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