Post # 1
We love our dog, we love him so much that he’s the ring bearer in our wedding. We got him abused from the shelter, he’s been ours since he was 3 months old. Now a year and a half later… we seem to have a problem. This morning it was a pin cushion my sister left out. he ate it… after a rush trip to the vet we found out he didn’t consume any of the pins, but the cushion is there, adn he has to puke it up.
This isn’t the first time. We always attributed it to his age… but nearing 2 there is some concern. When it’s not pin cushions, it’s blankets, wood… the deck, cardboard, the couch, any stuffed animal he can get ahold of, dog bowls, an “adult” toy some kid threw over the fence (another trip to teh cet after he ate the batteries) pop bottles, the house’s siding, extension cords, hoses, the house wiring (we’ve had our phones rewired.. twice) you name it.. he eats it…
there is debate on what causes this, some say excersize, we run him, play with him, we’ve spent thousands on toys (which he eats, he have to watch them closely) we take him out to the farm and to the river and let him run freely… and we have a HUGE yard for him to play in.
I really just don’t know what else to do anymore. has anyone experienced anything like this? I”m afraid he’s going to kill himself on something like an extension cord, we have to watch everything so closely, nothing can be left out at all… ever…
Post # 3
maybe he needs a friend… another dog to focus his energy on instead of destroying things… ??
Post # 4
Aw he sounds like my puggle! She eats EVERYTHING!
I agree a friend might be good. After the wedding we are getting stella a friend!
Post # 5
Has the vet ruled out any oral issues? You said he is almost 2, so teething should be ruled out, but what about infections & other oral complications that could be driving the insane need to chew?
Also, do you notice he chews more when he’s alone, or is it just a constant thing?
Being an abused shelter dog could be an underlying factor despite that you adopted @3months; it might just be part of his personality, a neurosis, or quirk if you will.
As unfortunate as it may sound, he might just be plain destructive.
Post # 6
So 2 is really a magical age where a lot of dogs calm down. We didn’t think ours would but he did. We also just got another pup and it’s been a lot easier raising her since she usually just wrestles with my older dog instead of chew up anything in sight.
Post # 7
This article might be of some help! Pica is actually a condition that affects humans too (gag!)
Post # 8
Awww your dog is adorable… I think we have dogs that are related. My dog is eating everything… more so clothing related.. his bandana, toys, shirts, sweaters, pants, walls, paper, books, a pair of sucks in whole… so much more..
I am scared he could die from gettng something stuck,. he just started this too. We got him from a shelter. He was a baby.. about 2-3 motnhs as well. They say they are eventually suppose to grow out of it… I agree with PP if you have the money and space maybe get him a friend.
Post # 9
we do plan on getting him a friend… after the wedding… I hope
Jizes318: Tank has had stuff stuck, like right now he has the pin cushion in his tummy, and we have to watch him for a few days to make sure one way or another it comes out… When he ate his collar the first time, he puked it up like 4 days later.. it was awful… The vet taught me how to check for stuff stuck in his throat, ya he’s that bad!