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Old 12-21-2009, 12:17 PM
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he's eating leaves, twigs, bark.....

My puppy is eating anything and everything he can find outside! So far it's been leaves, bark, acorns, dirt, and twigs. Stupid question but can this be bad for him? I stop him as soon as he starts, but he's managed to get a few things swallowed.

Why is he doing this and should I be worried? Thanks!
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They aren't listed as toxic- ASPCA | Animal Poison Control FAQ but I don't think this is a good thing either.

1) Rake the yard and get him more toys.

2) How much are you feeding him and what kind of food-it's possible he's not getting enough?
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It could become very bad. Especially if he eats anything poisonous, but also things like that could cause a blockage or possibly tear something internally if it's pointy/sharp enough.

When we first got Tasha she use to eat dirt and other odd objects like twigs and such. Within a week or two of getting her dewormed she quit.

I don't know much else except from my personal experience as I've never researched it, but I'm sure the others will know more.
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Good point Tasha-Shauna-when was the dog wormed last?
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Not sure if this is accurate, but better safe than sorry.

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The Oak tree is well known for its production of acorns, which often appear in the autumn months. If pets, such as dogs, happen to eat acorns in large numbers, the result can be severe diarrhoea and vomiting. These signs occur because of a substance called ‘tannic acid’ in the acorns. Similar to accidental ingestion of conkers, if eaten by dogs, there can also be a risk of gastrointestinal obstruction by the acorn nut.

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Oh goodness....... Well, he was given a dose of de-worming medicine about 2 weeks ago now. He had tested positive for hook worm. He goes back to the vet in about 2 weeks.

I leave his food out all day because he won't eat "3 meals" a day as recommended. I'm not sure if he's not liking his food (I was going to post this in another thread) because he's getting so many treats for going potty outside or what, but he really only snacks on his food.

He's still pooping ok, which I'm assuming is a good sign.

Unfortunately, there's no way of raking my yard because of two reasons. The first is because of the snow and the second is because I live in a very heavily wooded area. It would be a full time job raking my property.

I guess I'll just have to discipline him more when I catch him doing this. Geez, he's worse than my toddler! LOL!
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I guess I'll just have to discipline him more when I catch him doing this. Geez, he's worse than my toddler! LOL!
Not what you want to do at all-unless you'd like a dog like I have-he tucks tail and runs from magezines, raised hands or voices.

Disiplining, ie. punishing-whether you spank, use your voice or whatever-is just going to make your dog upset and fearful, and ruin your bond.

TRUST ME on this Several of us are spending lots of time trying to fix dogs that were punished....

They do NOT associate the punishment with what they were doing (and go oh gee I shouldn't do that)-they associate the punishment with you. Trust me

So what you want to do then-especially if he's been wormed and has fee access to food is give him other things to play with. He may have lots of toys-but if the's eating leaves and playing with them-he needs more Toys don't have to be expensive but he does need more things to do it sounds like.

Homemade
http://www.dogforum.com/dog-toys/hom...dog-toys-2773/
Supertough
http://www.dogforum.com/dog-toys/i-need-tough-toy-135/
Favorites
http://www.dogforum.com/dog-toys/wha...ite-toys-1003/
Kongs (GREAT toys for boredom)
http://www.dogforum.com/dog-toys/wha...ur-kongs-2150/



Also-do more walking and playing with him-sounds like he's bored. Puppies need lots of playtime and walkies.
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Hmm... it may take some time for it to get out of the system (the worms), I'm not sure how long hook worms take, buy my nana's dog had them and her poop always looked normal.

Another thing I thought of is what dog food is he eating? I figured the reason Tasha was eating dirt was cause of a lack of some type of nutrient and with those worms she had that could be why. Anyways, so he may just be lacking something too... I dunno though.
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[u]Not what you want to do at all-unless you'd like a dog like I have-he tucks tail and runs from magezines, raised hands or voices.


Also-do more walking and playing with him-sounds like he's bored. Puppies need lots of playtime and walkies.
Sorry, I used the wrong choice of words. Anyone that knows me knows I'm a softy and my sort of "discipline" is a nice "no, no". In my head I was just picturing me directing him away from what he's not suppose to be doing and onto other things he *should* be doing.

I don't know that he's necessarily bored because he does this within seconds of going outside. It's like he RUNS to the first leaf or twig or whatever. Then when I tell him "no, no" he goes and pees. Between myself, my daughter, my husband, and my niece and nephews this puppy gets a lot of attention. Sometimes he poops out in the middle of playing with one of us!
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Another thing I thought of is what dog food is he eating? I figured the reason Tasha was eating dirt was cause of a lack of some type of nutrient and with those worms she had that could be why. Anyways, so he may just be lacking something too... I dunno though.
I kept him on Purina Puppy Chow for awhile because that's what he was eating prior to me adopting him. I didn't want to change him right away because if he was going to have any issues I didn't want it to be from a new food. For the last week I've been slowly switching him to Science Diet's Nature's Best. I would hope he wouldn't be lacking in anything with that food with the price of it!
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