What would you do to keep your pet from eating something they shouldn't? The vet says my dog isn't lacking anything in her diet and the food we give her is good. (details to dilemma in answers)


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Mountain  Man Profile
Mountain Man answered

My dog Sadie ate a bunch of shale from our lane. Due to the jaggedness of the shale, the vet did surgery to remove it from her stomach. She is recovering well, but she still wants to try and eat shale. She loves to be outside with us but when we are busy, we can't keep a constant eye on her. I have to make a decision on what to do. A shock collar is out of the question. I've been leaning towards a special muzzle when she is outside. Your thoughts? This pic is the shale that was removed from her stomach.

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Wow I just saw this. Does she get a lot of exercise, running ? Exercise is great for neurosis. A tired dog is a good dog. Chew toys and rawhides ? A dog pen...it's a shame to have to use one but it's for her health. Does your vet have any suggestions ?
There's MSG. The food additive sprinkled on dog poo so that they won't eat it. Perhaps that may work along with behavior modification.
Darik Majoren
Darik Majoren commented
Yup, tired dog equals a less "Troublesome" dog that is bored.
Yin And Yang Profile
Yin And Yang answered

I am so sorry my friend. I am glad she is recovering well. I had to look up shale. WOW! I thought it was going to be plant base or bark like where maybe there was something you could spray around the tree to detour her away. (Like fox urine or orange peels to keep cats away.) But with it being rock..... Gosh how would you do that!?!? I wonder why she thinks it taste good?

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Mountain  Man
Mountain Man commented
I'm not sure why Yin, but I wish she would stop. When I let her out I have to be right there with her to stop her if she tries to eat it. A leash works if I only have her outside for a short time, but she loves to be outside with us.
Mountain  Man
Mountain Man commented
Thanks Yin!
Yin And Yang
Yin And Yang commented
You are very welcome. Good luck my friend. Keep us posted on what you find out. ☺
Ancient Hippy Profile
Ancient Hippy answered

If I remember correctly, you have a pretty long driveway, so paving it would be a very expensive endeavor and most likely out of the question. Fencing along both sides of the driveway is probably out too.

The muzzle seems like the only alternative but what a pain in the butt that would be for both you and the dog.

I'm at a loss here with a solution but I'm super glad that your dog is OK now.

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Mountain  Man
Mountain Man commented
Thanks Hippy. Yes my driveway is 9/10 of a mile long and circles in front of the house so it would be tough to keep her out of it. I've even considered putting 2B or 2RC limestone down. The muzzle does seem like a pain, but if it keeps her from eating shale and something terrible from happening, it would be worth it.
Ancient Hippy
Ancient Hippy commented
That's one looooong driveway MM.
Mountain  Man
Mountain Man commented
LOL! The long driveway is worth it to me Hippy. That's why I have a skidsteer loader and a snowplow. I still miss the dump truck though. But at least I can borrow one from work.
dragonfly forty-six Profile

Good morning,  Mountain Man. Glad to hear Sadie is okay. I found this article. Don't know if this would help, but he mentions a cone. Maybe a cone would be a better alternative than a basket muzzle.


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Mountain  Man
Mountain Man commented
Thanks Dragonfly! I do have a cone for her since she had surgery, and she is really good about it. LOL! All I have to do is hold the cone still and she will stick her head through it. She did the same thing when she got spayed as a pup. But unfortunately she is still able to eat with the cone. Thanks for the informative link! I'm open to any and all suggestions.
dragonfly forty-six
Being that the vet has cleared her for a deficiency than I guess she has a behavioral issue? So in that case I'd probably do some retraining. Maybe ask the vet for a couple of dog behavioral specialists. I'd also talk to vet about medication therapy. I think pika disorder is compulsive and some dogs do good with doggy Prozac. If anything maybe the Prozac will curb the compulsion long enough to retrain by a professional. Teaching her not to eat rocks would be a harder job, but one that might retain her property freedom. She is a very smart dog who has a strong compulsion coupled with a bad habit. Good luck my friend.
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Toni Pauze answered

Oh my! I'm so glad she is doing well now. Sorry I can't add to what's already been said.

Janis Haskell Profile
Janis Haskell answered

Do you think spraying the area with this solution might help?

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Mountain  Man
Mountain Man commented
It might help Janis. The only problem is that she is eating it from random areas in the driveway. But I'd be willing to try anything that keeps her leash, chain, fence or muzzle free. Thanks Janis. I appreciate your response. :)
Firstname Refreshme lastname Profile

My puppy -face developed a taste for firewood logs near the fireplace.  I was worried about splinters and of course the mess.

A couple drops of Tobasco sauce on the logs and he turned his nose up afterwards. It got to the point if he became too interested in something he shouldn't have...all I had to do was screw open the lid and he went scurrying away from it.

Always test on an inconspicuous spot. It might stain. Oh... And be mindful of your eyes.

Skip  Gentry Profile
Skip Gentry answered

I've never heard of shale before. I just want to ad that I'm glad Sadie is going to be OK. I'm sorry she had to go through surgery to have it removed.

Darik Majoren Profile
Darik Majoren answered

I support a shock collar but only if the dog is properly trained, and the collar gives plenty of forewarning . . .

I live next to a street where people speed for no reason other then it is off the beaten path (very little police) . . . . I would have several dead dogs if not for my invisible fence.

I like you idea of the muzzle . . . Can they still drink though with that on . . . To me, that seems worse then a shock collar, just because a dog's nose/mouth are super sensitive.

Refresh has the right idea of exercising the dog, to mentally placate the animal . . . When dogs are bored they get into mischief . . .

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Mountain  Man
Mountain Man commented
Thanks DM. Dogs are still able to drink, pant and bark with a basket muzzle but they can't eat anything. And of course she would only have one on when she is outside. I try my best to keep her occupied but she seems to wear out my wife and I before we can wear her out. LOL! I seen something else in the link that Dragonfly provided called the Outfox that seems like it could work also.
Darik Majoren
Darik Majoren commented
Yeah, my current dog has far more energy then I do, and she doesn't like to "fetch". My other dog was a Staffordshire Pitt, and she would fetch all day long until she tired herself out . . .
PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

Bitter apple spray is suppose to keep them from hewing on things they are not suppose to chew. Also keep a Nylabone handy. When you see him going for the rocks redirect him with the Nylabone, or maybe an antler.

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Mountain  Man
Mountain Man commented
Thanks Gator. I will check into the bitter apple spray for her. She loves to fetch her tennis ball so maybe I'll take that with us on our walks for a deterrent.

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