What If Your Pet Eating Unwanted Items? – Dr. Vivek Saroj , VMO, MVSc.

Is Your Pet Eating: Sand, Stone, Metal, Grass, Hairs, Cloths, Plastic and even its Own Faeces (Poop).

Then You Should Know: PICA

Pica is eating of unwanted non-food materials also known as allotriophagia, classified under obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

You Should Think About:

  • Hunger
  • Boredom
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Worm Infestation
  • Deficiency of Zinc, Iron, Cobalt, Phosphorus
  • Diseases like Anemia, Liver, Pancreatic, Diabetes and G.I. disease

Ask Yourself:

  • Is feeding is in routine?
  • Is feed balanced and nutritional?
  • Is your pet getting enough exercise?
  • Is appropriate amount of attention being given to pet?
  • Are appropriate numbers of dog chew or play toys made available to pet?

Your pet might suffer from: Drooling, Choking Abdominal pain Gastrointestinal blockage, Ulcers, Vomiting, Diarrhea.

What to Do Now?

  • Consult Veterinarian