My Dog Eats Rocks And Mulch?

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Your dog has a disorder known as Pica. This means it eats objects that are not appropriate food items. Your vet will need to check for this, but there are times when Pica is a behavioral problem rather than a biological one.

Stones and rocks can be very dangerous for dogs as they can get stuck in the digestive system and be difficult to expel. Also, chewing rocks will damage your dogs teeth.

If you feel that the dog is doing this because it is anxious, then you need to figure out what is making it anxious and make it's environment calmer. However, sometimes Pica is an attention seeking behavior as well, try startling your dog while he is eating rocks or mulch, and try to make it so he can't know it's you making the noise. Give the dog more time during the day and see if this cures him.  

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I also have a Stafforshire we just rescued and she was 10wks and also loves rocks, tree bark, small toys, etc.  So, far she has been OK.  But we have to really watch her and make our "your doing something wrong" noise. We then offer her an acceptable chew toy.  It's been three weeks and while she is not cured of her habit, it is slowing down.  I do know, you have to really be aware of their bowel habits because if they get a blockage it can be very life threatening.  Good luck! Oh, and keep watching the appetite too.

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