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    Dog eating rocks.

    Not sure this is the right place to put this. My friend has an older pup that a couple of months ago had to have surgery to remove some rocks he had eaten. Since then she borrowed a muzzle from me until the netting type hood that goes over their head arrived. Things were going great but she let him out a couple of times to play with her other dogs without his hood on and he is now back at the Vet. The rock in in his colon so they are waiting to see if it will pass.

    Do dogs every get over this? My large size Miniature Poodle had to have surgery to remove a couple of pieces of chewed up toys from her intestine and stomach. That was a few months ago and she is fine and I made sure no toy parts around but how do you keep them away from rocks? Do they grow out of it?

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    Re: Dog eating rocks.

    I've heard of puppies growing out of this (most dogs). I also know of a dog who was a chronic rock eater late into her life. And the owners had 1+ acres with gravel everywhere. It got to the point where they just knew what the signs of blockage were and took her in when needed. She mostly ate rocks and passed them but did require invasive surgery to remove a large one.
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    Re: Dog eating rocks.

    Not rocks, but inedibles related... My dog Brae and my coworker's lab both have a history of ingesting pieces of toys and such. The lab is 1.5 years old and Brae is 2.5 years old. I haven't really tested the waters since he was a puppy (almost sent him to emergency clinic) but through observation (ex. if I let him settle down with a rope toy a few minutes longer than normal) I don't think I will trust him for his life. The lab JUST went through bowel obstruction surgery so I know the owner won't trust her for the rest of her life.

    Both dogs play well with toys and don't obsessively seek out inedible things to destroy or consume. They happen to just ingest as they chew on things, IF they are allowed to... And Brae isn't even food motivated! (by normal standards)

    So I wouldn't say either of our dogs have pica, but they are certainly at risk at risk for obstruction if left unsupervised with toys. And I don't think they will grow out of it. I think the norm for pet dog ownership is being able to leave a dog with a variety of toys and trusting they know when to spit things out...
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    Re: Dog eating rocks.

    Well luckily my friend's dog passed the rock so did not have to have more surgery. Hopefully he grows out of wanting to eat rocks.

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    When Kane was a puppy he would play with rocks. I was worried one day he would swallow one but he never did and seems to have grown out of it.

    Maybe try to figure out WHY the dog eats rocks. Is there a salty flavour he likes? Is he bored? Hungry?
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    Re: Dog eating rocks.

    One of my rescue bitches will sample anything she comes across if it looks remotely edible. She picked up some cherry laurel fruit last Autumn and had to be treated for possible poisoning. I do not expect her to grow out of it as it probably stems from her time being a stray. She thankfully leaves obviously inedible stuff alone. I am going to fence off the laurel hedge with temporary netting this year as it is in a field I do not own but am allowed to use for exercise. I had to remove a tree bark surface, then its replacement pea gravel from my yard when I was fostering rescue pups, we now have cement slabs. I think pups are a bit like babies, they are using their mouths to learn about the texture, weight and taste of objects in their environment and some dogs never outgrow that stage.

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    Re: Dog eating rocks.

    we got a military dog (older pup) in that did that, want to eat rocks.. there was a medical situation going on with him. His eyes needed the daily drops , the drops meant he had to stay out of the direct sun. The vet also put the pup on some vitamins.. I think there is a nutritional link involved with this behavior..

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