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    Default Pica or just puppy curiosity?

    Hi everyone,

    My pup is 12 weeks old and will eat pretty much anything she comes across - except dog poo (thank god).

    On Taija's menu are:

    -Cat poo buried under the tanbark in the front yard
    -Chewing on a cactus plant like it's crack cocaine
    -Bits of rubber
    -Gumnuts
    -Fruit pips (there are plum trees in the area)
    -Fluff balls off the carpet
    -Basically all the plants in the yard

    But most her most worrying munching habit would have to be the rocks in the backyard. They're not exactly small either; about the size of a walnut in its shell.
    Sometimes I have no choice but to put her outside and I can't watch her every move.

    I guess my two main concerns are - is this a behavioural or psychological issue I should be looking into and how will I know if she's ingested a huge jagged rock until it's too late???

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    Internal blockages caused by rocks/fruit pips etc would be my main concern. Poisonous plants would be another. Will she chew bones over rocks?

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    I don't give her any bones as she tends to swallow them whole! I gave her chicken necks as I thought they would be a safe option but she ended up with bloody stool.

    I should add we are staying at my sister's house until we can move into our new place - once we are there, the yard will basically be bare (no plants/grass/rocks) and she can actually have access to her own toys. At the moment all I can give her are ice cubes as my sister's staffy steals the toys.

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    Cow hooves are a good alternative to fresh bones. I've never seen any splinters come off that and they are great for passionate chewers. They last a lot longer than rawhide too. I always give my dog rawhide chews too. I buy the second biggest ones and they last a while now. But even when she was a pup it would take her a few hours to get through one.

    If you do want to give bones, buy big ones that don't splinter. So not marrow bones or chicken. Others may be able to tell you which ones to look for. I think brisket is what I'm thinking of?

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    I feed Brock lambshanks, but if you want to be super safe that the dog can't swallow them, those big cow thigh bones are good, although a staffy will still break them

    I'd rather my dog swallowing bones than rocks anyday, they're designed to chew bones

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    Yes, brisket is good, (sometimes a bit fatty) chuck is good, I have not had problems with big cow marrow bones.
    Beloz, is there somewhere online for chewie stuff at reasonable prices. Rawhides are $4 at Coles.

    Find a nice butcher - he will tell you what day of the week is best for getting a good selection of bones.

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    yeah i give mine lamb necks, he loves them, also marrow bones, brisket bones, etc...........
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    Thanks guys, I'll try your suggestions once we've moved house. I think perhaps I should worm her again just to be on the safe side as well. I've also heard putting pineapple in her food could help if it's pica?

    Other than that I don't know what to do...I'm sick of her ingesting everything she comes across!

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    Renbird, she's a pup and will chew anything and everything until she has finished teething. It's part of helping the adult teeth come through.
    I very much doubt that chicken necks were the cause of blood in her poop, but I think she is too big for chicken necks, she could swallow them whole and choke.
    Lamb necks or cows hooves would keep her occupied and satifsy her urge to chew on things.
    Rawhide are great for indoor chewing too.

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    I usually buy my rawhide bones at our local independent pet store. Not cheap but we don't go through as many these days.

    Cow hooves I used to buy from an ebay seller. Will check when I have more time.

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