Dog Pica and Eating Behaviors
Pica refers to a condition that describes dogs that crave and eat non-food items. Some dogs may only eat one type of non-food item while others may eat a variety. Pica can endanger a dog’s health because what the dog consumes might be toxic. The item the dog consumes might also not be digestible.
Toilet paper is unlikely to cause a problem unless it’s been with chemicals that are harmful or toxic to dogs.
Plastic wrappers introduce the risk of choking and obstruction along the dog’s gastrointestinal tract. A visit to the vet is strongly recommended, even if the dog acts normal.
Human poop may be harmful to dogs when ingested, especially if it contained harmful substances like drug and alcohol.
Broken glass may cause a number of issues in the dog’s body, such as causing punctures and laceration in the dog’s internal organs.
Charcoal isn’t considered highly toxic to dogs but may still create plenty of problems in the dog’s body when ingested.
Dogs may show life-threatening signs and symptoms after eating a frog or toad (the poisonous kind).
The effects that birth control pills can have on dogs will depend on factors such as the type of contraceptive ingested and the dog’s body weight.
Eating Tums could become a health issue for dogs if they were to eat too many of the antacid tablets.
Eating crayons is not a major health threat unless the dog managed to eat a large amount (relative to his body size).
Chicken poop may pose a health threat to dogs because it may pass on harmful bacteria and parasites, including giardia and salmonella.
Garden mulch can pose a serious health risk to dogs in a number of ways. It could, for example, cause obstruction in the dog’s stomach or intestines.
The shards and splinters of a broken pencil could be dangerous to dogs that swallow them.
Dogs that eat styrofoam (such as packing peanuts) may suffer from health issues due to the risk of obstruction and choking.
Chapsticks can be a potential health threat to dogs. The level of threat will depend on the ingredients used and whether or not the dog swallowed the whole casing.
Dryer sheets can be dangerous to dogs when ingested. The chemicals, for example, might cause enough irritation to trigger a gastrointestinal upset.
Human cough drops can be dangerous to dogs, especially if they use ingredients like xylitol and menthol.
Ant traps may result in mild to serious symptoms depending on the amount and type of ant trap the dog ate.
The severity of eating wild mushrooms in the grass will vary from mild to life-threatening. It will depend on what type and how many mushrooms the dog ate.
Dogs that have eaten a bumblebee may find themselves in a life-threatening situation depending on where they get stung and whether they are allergic to the bee sting.
A variety of causes may explain dogs that munch on leaves, including sickness and issues with boredom and stress.
Did your silly dog swallow a condom? It could become a problem for your dog’s digestive tract if left untreated.
Does your dog like to eat another dog’s poop? Whether this behavior is normal or something of concern depends on the context and frequency.
Coprophagia is a behavior that’s more common than most dog owners realize, especially with puppies and young dogs.
Dogs should be discouraged from eating deer feces as they may pass on infectious bacteria and parasites.
Some dogs may enjoy eating cat litter because of the interesting scent they discover from the litter box.