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.

dog ate pieces of tennis ball

Here’s what you should do next if your dog accidentally ate pieces of tennis ball.

Dog ate hoodie drawstring

What to do next if your dog ate a drawstring from a hoodie.

Dog that always look for food

Here are a few common reasons for dogs that are always looking for food.

Dog ate human vomit

What to do next if your dog managed to eat some human vomit.

Dog ate a glow stick

Glow sticks and glow jewelry have the potential to cause harm. The main risk comes from the irritation caused by the substance inside the glow stick.

Dog ate a bandaid

Swallowing band aids increases the risks of choking and intestinal blockage.

Dog ate an absorbent meat pad

Absorbent meat pads can be a great danger to dogs when ingested. The main problem is with intestinal blockage and choking.

Dog ate foxtails

Foxtails are more dangerous than most dog owners believe. Their sharp tips can get embedded inside the dog’s body and cause a lot of harm.

Dog ate Kong toy rubber

The ingestion of Kong toys may introduce health risks like choking and bowel obstruction.

Dog ate pieces of rubber ball

Rubber balls can pose a health threat to dogs if they were to accidentally ingest them. The main risk is with blockage and choking.

Dog ate and licked paint

Paint can be extremely dangerous to dogs. How dangerous it is will depend on a number of factors like the type and amount of paint ingested.

Dog ate hair tie

Hair ties and scrunchies can be dangerous to dogs when swallowed. They have the potential to cause blockage and choking.

Dog ate a christmas tree

Christmas tree needles, whether they are real or fake, have the potential to cause problems in the dog’s gastrointestinal tract.

Dog ate poison ivy

The ingestion of poison ivy may lead to gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea due the presence of an irritating compound called urushiol.

Dog ate a cotton ball

How dangerous the ingestion of cotton balls is will depend on a number of factors such as the amount of cotton balls the dog ate.

Dog ate a candle

Candle may contain materials and ingredients that are toxic to pets, such as essential oil and fragrance.

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