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 vaseline
Vaseline (petroleum jelly) isn’t considered toxic to dogs but may end up causing a lot of irritations in your dog’s stomach.
Dog ate a dead bird
It’s possible for dogs to get sick from eating a dead bird, especially if the dead bird carried an infection like salmonella.
Dog ate toilet paper
Toilet paper is unlikely to cause a problem unless it’s been with chemicals that are harmful or toxic to dogs.
Dog ate plastic wrapper
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.
Dog ate human poop
Human poop may be harmful to dogs when ingested, especially if it contained harmful substances like drug and alcohol.
Dog ate glass
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.
Dog ate charcoal
Charcoal isn’t considered highly toxic to dogs but may still create plenty of problems in the dog’s body when ingested.
Dog ate a frog or toad
Dogs may show life-threatening signs and symptoms after eating a frog or toad (the poisonous kind).
Dog ate tums
Eating Tums could become a health issue for dogs if they were to eat too many of the antacid tablets.
Dog ate birth control pills
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.
Dog ate crayons
Eating crayons is not a major health threat unless the dog managed to eat a large amount (relative to his body size).
Dog ate chicken poop
Chicken poop may pose a health threat to dogs because it may pass on harmful bacteria and parasites, including giardia and salmonella.
Dog ate garden mulch
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.
Dog chewed and ate a pencil
The shards and splinters of a broken pencil could be dangerous to dogs that swallow them.
Dog ate styrofoam
Dogs that eat styrofoam (such as packing peanuts) may suffer from health issues due to the risk of obstruction and choking.
Dog ate a chapstick
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.