Canine Pica occurs when a dog is so desperately short of nutrients that it starts eating weird things like coal or rubber. Their survival instinct is so strong that their bodies’ urgent nutritional requirements drive dogs to try and obtain these nutrients from the most unlikely sources. Chester, for example, used to find anything made of rubber. He especially enjoyed used condoms which he devoured with relish, much to the embarrassment of his owner.
Pica is not reserved for dogs alone. All animals will do anything to satisfy their nutritional needs. You could call eating Mars bars a form of human pica really!!
How To Treat Canine Pica
Supplying an easily digestible food and nutritional supplement is the key to treating Canine Pica. Raw meat and bone is the most easily digested of all foods available for dogs. It is entirely natural, full of enzymes and bursting with nutrients. Mixed with Pet Plus, the body can easily digest and absorb the nutrients and micronutrients. Download my diet sheet for more information. This will gradually rectify the nutrient deficiency, but it takes time. The dog will be seriously depleted of nutrients to get to the extreme state of Canine Pica, so it will take a while for those nutrient levels to return to normal.
Changing Your Dogs Eating Habits – For Ever!
If Canine Pica has gone on for some time, the strange things the dog has got used to finding and eating can become rather a habit. So even when there is actually no nutritional need to go and eat these things, the dog may continue this behaviour, given the opportunity. Change your routine, go for walks somewhere else, remove all sources of rubber, for example, then the dog will eventually forget about trying to find peculiar things to eat, as there is no nutritional need any more. But make sure you continue to feed raw food and Pet Plus to prevent the recurrence of Canine Pica.