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    Default My Pup is Eating Pebble/stones

    Is this going to hurt her I dont even know where she keeps finding them???

    When I pick up her poop, there is little stones all through it and also when I feel her stomach...I can feel them in her. She doesn't seem to be affected by it (she's active, happy, eating, drinking)...although I have noticed she pee's a bit more than I think she should be. But her stools are quite normal (apart from being full of stones!!)

    She is going to the vet tomorrow afternoon for her 12 week vacc...but I'm just wanting to know is this common??? I've had dogs from pups all my life and never had them eat stones/pebbles She'll eat anything actually...if it's small enough... but I make sure there is never anything lying about the yard for her to get except the big beef bones that she loves to chew.

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    One of my girls will chew on a rock if she can find one but I will remove it if I find them in her mouth, it shouldn't hurt her to much but definatley ask the vet. Does your garden have and small stones in it? If so you may have to put a small fence around the garden or spread some cayene pepper over the garden which hopefully will keep her from digging around the garden.

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    Thanks for your reply

    I have noo idea where she is finding them! We have BIG rocks, but the ones she's eating look like the little pebbles you put in a fish tank..so I'm at a loss as to where she's getting them from. She was also eating the dirt from my pot plants which does have tiny pebbles through it (potting mix stuff you get from bunnings), but they have been out of her reach for a few weeks now. Maybe it's some of that that's still in her system Anyway...hopefully the vet tells me she'll be fine. Just the feeling of them in her tummy...ewww

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    The problem is that you're giving him attention for eating rocks, and that's what he wants. So he's doing it more.

    If you don't make such a fuss of him when he does it, he'll have a lot less fun, and he'll soon lose interest in doing it.

    When he does it, just say "Drop". Stand above, don't make eye contact, stay perfectly still.

    When he drops it, reward him with a pat and a "Good dog!"

    He will soon learn to associate rewards with obedience.

    He won't like you ignoring him, and he'll learn to associate picking up rocks with your disapproval.

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    I had only had my pup at home for 2 weeks when she became very ill. I rushed her to the vet and an xray showed a huge pebble blocking her bowel. It was successfully removed, but of course the pebble eating still continued afterwards. I removed as many small objects as I could from her play area, but still she would pick up things when we were out walking! I had to watch her like a hawk until she learned to "leave it". So just be aware it can be a very nasty, and costly, situation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgan View Post
    The problem is that you're giving him attention for eating rocks, and that's what he wants. So he's doing it more.

    If you don't make such a fuss of him when he does it, he'll have a lot less fun, and he'll soon lose interest in doing it.

    When he does it, just say "Drop". Stand above, don't make eye contact, stay perfectly still.

    When he drops it, reward him with a pat and a "Good dog!"

    He will soon learn to associate rewards with obedience.

    He won't like you ignoring him, and he'll learn to associate picking up rocks with your disapproval.
    I don't see her eating them as to my problem that I don't know where she is finding them I only know she's eating them because they are in her poop and when I pick her up I can feel them in her stomach ...all these tiny little pebbles I had a feel thismorning and her tummy seems to have none there ATM...I have been occupying her with a nice big bone and also letting her come inside to hang out with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyb View Post
    I had only had my pup at home for 2 weeks when she became very ill. I rushed her to the vet and an xray showed a huge pebble blocking her bowel. It was successfully removed, but of course the pebble eating still continued afterwards. I removed as many small objects as I could from her play area, but still she would pick up things when we were out walking! I had to watch her like a hawk until she learned to "leave it". So just be aware it can be a very nasty, and costly, situation!

    Yes..this is also what I am worried about. She's not affraid to eat and swallow anything!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymum View Post
    Yes..this is also what I am worried about. She's not affraid to eat and swallow anything!!!
    Yes, that's how Jazz was. I could be having a chat with my neighbour thinking she was safe on her lead at my side, but she'd be hoovering up the gravel off the road! She's 1 year old now though, and a little wiser. I hope!

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    Ok, been to the vet and he is amazed at the amount of pebbles in her stomach..you can actually hear them They are soo tiny like what you'd get at the bottom of a creek (if you put them in a little cotton bag and squished the bag, that noise you hear) that's what is at the bottom of her tummy!!!
    The vet said it's just sitting there at the bottom of her gut and the food she consumes just runs straight over the top and isn't collecting it. Because she isn't sick or vomiting ect..he's given me cat lax to give her once a day and also some tin food (as she's only on kibble) to give her to try and get her bowels moving and get this stuff out. I have to lay her on her back and gently massage her tummy 1/2 an hour after giving her these 2 things (this is when I can hear it all) and closely watch her stools. I go back in 7 days or sooner if things turn bad.
    I have sectioned off the yard so I can control where she goes and I've been out there with a dustpan, brush and bucket sweeping up anything she might eat (the yard is spotless!!) so fingers crossed this clears her gut out and no surgery will be required.

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    My husband just suggested...maybe if she doesn't stop eating everything she can... we might have to muzzle her..hmmmm might be an idea??

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