Thursday, August 6, 2015

Don't eat that!

Some dogs go through life without ever getting into trouble, but others chew on everything from rocks to dirty laundry. If your dog belongs to the category who eats remote controls, chews, and other things not meant for eating, you need to dog proof your home and provide dog friendly alternatives.

Chewing often signals a bored dog. Consider giving your furry friend some extra exercise, more play time, new toys, and play games that stimulate the mind. A tired dog is generally a happy dog and much less likely to get into trouble than a pup looking for entertainment.

If you have a chewer/eater, you also need to dog-proof your home. Make sure everything toxic is locked up where your dog can't get to it, and keep chewable objects out of reach. It's bad enough if your dog chews things to pieces, but the habit can become fatal if they eat the pieces.

Of course, chewing tends to take place when you're not at home. Keep an eye out for these common signs of your dog eating something he or she shouldn't have:

  • Vomiting 
  • Gagging 
  • Abdominal pains 
  • Lethargy 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Change in bowels 
  • Change in behavior

If you think your dog ate something they shouldn't have, call the vet. If your regular vet is closed, call the nearest pet emergency clinic. It can be tempting to wait and see what happens, hoping for the best, but many objects can cause great damage. If you wait, your dog might need surgery, which will be much more expensive than going to the vet at once.

What is the strangest thing your dog has chewed up?

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. We've got cat bro Bert who chews on cords, eats his toys, steals food from us dogs and even Mom! Then there is Bailie who has improved, but still loves to rip on toys and beds. We don't know why she does it, but we just keep working on getting her to stop it.

    1. Your cat brother seems to be quite the personality. Keep your camera ready and snap some shots of him stealing food from your mom! =D