Many pets suffer from a disorder known as pica, where they eat non-food items. While most cases can be fixed with training and persistence, certain types of pica can become very dangerous to your pet's health. If your furry friend enjoys snacking on a roll of toilet paper -- or worse, a poop morsel -- here's the story behind these strange eating behaviors.
If a roll of Charmin has replaced your pet’s favorite squeaky toy, there’s a chance your pet is just plain bored. Chewing non-food items out of boredom is common among pets and a problem that can be easily fixed. Try the following tips to spice up your pets’ life:
Any changes in your daily activities can leave your furry friend starved for attention. Little things like spending a few extra hours at the office to big life changes like introducing a new family member to the household can cause your pet to react by doing anything to get attention. Often, when we react negatively to our pet's actions, he simply takes note of the action that caught your attention -- and continues to do it to continue to get attention, even if it's negative. Turn negatives into positives by trying the following tips:
Irresistibly cute and highly destructive, puppies will get into all kinds of trouble in their first year of life. As part of their exploration phase, it is very normal for fur-babies to sniff, chew, scratch and eat just about everything. The key is early training and a watchful eye to prevent bad habits from forming. It is important to let your puppies explore and learn on their own. Follow these tips to ensure your home is a safe haven for learning activities:
Some pups tend to eat grass to relieve upset stomachs or symptoms of nausea. Eating grass can sometimes help them improve digestion or help them vomit when nauseated. Light grazing can be acceptable but a trip to the veterinarian is encouraged if your pooch makes grass-eating a regular part of her daily diet.
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