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Join Date: May 2008
Location: Dog Canyon
Dogs Name: Odie & Reyna; RIP precious Annie; RIP beloved Alex & Melody, Rocky baby & darling Willie
Titles: Annie - honorary terrier; Odie - golden boy; Reyna - fruit bat
Dogs Age: b 1/13/13; b 3/13/14; b 7/10/09 - d 1/4/16
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madi - it is potentially terribly serious. even if what he's eating are small chips or chunks of rock, brick, whatever, they can accumulate in the stomach or intestines over time (some may pass, others not, and food can move around them to a point) - they can build up and cause a "sudden" or even gradual obstruction, or they can try to pass, as has been mentioned, and possibly perforate or rip the gut - these are life-threatening.
Sometimes mammals, including humans, eat bizarre things because of mineral deficiencies or other types of nutritional issues (malabsorption, allergies, etc...), and changing foods, giving more exercise, having blood tests for blood chemistries and counts, thyroid, and other conditions (plus an x-ray to see if there are peices of brick stored in his gut) might be helpful. And some do this out of boredom, frustration or other emotional issues - so have you tried things like agility, obedience, other ways to challenge and excite your pup, and redirect his mind?? (also, raw knuckle or marrow bones, or stuffed frozen Kong toys to chew on might also redirect his desires)... good luck!
(PS - monicaei - why are you interjecting your sarcasm into this - it really seems uncalled for and snarky! this wasn't your thread, and it is NOT at all "totally harmless"!)
their pawprints in our hearts never fade
Last edited by lolonurse; 07-18-2010 at 08:29 PM.