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    Quote Originally Posted by Villain & Flirtt View Post
    We had a dog in kennels recently with pica issues. The family added pineapple to his food (apparently vet recommended) and we had no issues while he stayed with us. 'Food for thought'
    Thanks Villian.

    I appreciate the suggestion, but Monte's pics is not caused by diet. It is caused by his medication and his breed temperament as I explained above.

    Monte has severe epilepsy. Speaking of which, he had 5 siezures in a row trhis morning at 3.30am. Over his 9 years, 7.5 of which he has had epilepsy, he has suffered in excess of 330 seizures. This is primarily because he clusters and has a series of seizures within a short time frame, usually about 20 - 30 minutes. He has a cluster on average every 6 weeks or so at the moment but this can change to shorter or longer periods of time. I have recorded every single one for the last 6 years. I am sure there are many that I am not even aware of as well.

    Aside from his tendency to eat everything that is not nailed down, some side effects from the drugs he is on (he takes two different anti conculsants and is administered valium when having a cluster sometimes), he is a happy little dumbhead Pug.

    We organise our lives around his needs for the most part, although that sounds far more dramatic then it is. It just means we have to be home at certain times to medicate him, and we can't have pebbles up the side of the house...... or things on the floor he may eat.... it is like living with a perpetual human toddler I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillby View Post
    As CL suggested. The process is much the same as mosaics. Wipe of the pebbles with water and the concrete won't stick to the top of them. I have no idea what type of pebbles you have at the moment but I did a search of literally, pebbled concrete and this is the result for images pebbled concrete - Google Search

    and this is how to do it.
    OMG, you have been so helpful! I really, REALLY appreciate it.

    I have to run now but will look at the links when I return and I will show my hubby as well.

    THANK YOU!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    OMG, you have been so helpful! I really, REALLY appreciate it.

    I have to run now but will look at the links when I return and I will show my hubby as well.

    THANK YOU!!!
    Not a problem Hope it works for you. Doesn't seem all the time consuming and it would be a permanent solution to the rock eating... until he finds something else to eat.

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    I know an airedale who ate the rock-pebbles the owner had put down as "mulch". They were quite large - almost as big as a tennis ball and required a trip to the vet to get at least one of them out.

    I think they either removed them or concreted them after that. Though that's not good if you want water to get through, I guess you'd have to put drainage in through them.

    Maybe put a large amount of stuff out that he could eat safely, bits of carrot, ice blocks, chopped vegies, celery sticks (with the stringy bits cut through).

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    I'd never be able to put enough out Hyacinth. He is at home for up to 10 hours a day, with another two Pugs, and between them they would all eat it. Pugs are pigs... there is no otherway to describe them although the other two are not piggy enough to eat rocks and bark chips.
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    One problem with the instructions on how to do it is that they assume you are starting off with a prepared area for a concrete slab. We are starting off with the pebbles already there. I guess we could still pour some cement over and then brush or wipe off the sement from the top layer? The layer of pebbles isn't overly thick. I wouldn't want to do it for the whole 35m either... maybe just enough to give them some more room up the side.

    Thanks for your help everyone, I really appreciate it.
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    I'd probably rake up the pebbles in the area you want to cement then lay them back down on top of the cement.
    I can't see why that wouldn't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillby View Post
    I'd probably rake up the pebbles in the area you want to cement then lay them back down on top of the cement.
    I can't see why that wouldn't work.
    That makes sense. You can see why I don't call myself a great home renovator... I think my husband can be just as bad sometimes too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Myf - yes, it's pica of a sort. It is caused by the phenobarbitone (Pb) which is known ot increase appetite. Pugs are gluttons as it is, and the Pb increases this tendency to be gluttonous as it increases their hunger. So he walks around all day thinking of food. Over the eyars, this has manifested into an obsession with licking everything and eating anything he can. He also wakes between 4am and 5am every day of the week, 365 days of the year, and cries for food.
    If it is PICA then there is not much you can do as it is believed it's caused by pathological changes in the brain and can be inherited. You can perhaps increase excercise and change your dog's diet, of course after it's diagnosed and examined by veterinarian. DO NOT PUNISH your dog by spraying it or by any other means because it is not helpful and therefore not necessary.

    The thing with pebles might look helpful, but if a dog has an obsession and tries to pick the pebles out in order to eat them it can seriously injure itself and lose its teeth due to trying. If it were my dog, I'd try to remove all the pebbles/stones/rocks from my yard.
    Last edited by Fedra; 04-01-2011 at 12:15 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Thanks Villian.

    I appreciate the suggestion, but Monte's pics is not caused by diet. It is caused by his medication and his breed temperament as I explained above.
    Yes, that's why I made the suggestion. The little pug who stayed with us was epileptic and medicated for such, fir all the similarities you have detailed, it could easily have been Monte staying with us! Apparently the pineapple had some effect on appetite, though I don't pretend to understand how as I'm not a vet.
    I probably did not give enough detail in the first place.

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