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Cici's weird new fascination

PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:03 pm
by Cici
Cici has developed a strange new fascination with all kinds of plants and now acorns! She's try any leaf, she'll taste my impatiens and petunias and spit them out. She's tasted those red seeds from dogwood trees and now she is obsessed with acorns.

What is going on! She never did any of this before :lol2

Anyone else???

Re: Cici's weird new fascination

PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:25 am
by SusanT
Jennie sampled quite a few plants as a puppy but she rarely does that now. The red berries from a Kousa dogwood can be toxic, so be careful. Jennie ate one once and it was not pleasant.

The ASPCA website has a list of plants that are toxic to dogs (and another for cats). https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-p ... plant-list

After reading through this, I moved several plants around my home into locations where she doesn't get to go unsupervised. And I spent every morning picking up all the dogwood berries before she got to go outside. The things we do for our pets!

Re: Cici's weird new fascination

PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:36 pm
by TinaP
Emma, my walking Hoover, has eaten acorns, worms, crape myrtle buds, cicadas, sand from the fireplace and just about anything she can get in her mouth. I have never had a dog who had to be leashed in her own yard just so I can correct her! The worst thing she ate (we think) was a mushroom that made her pretty sick and was a $700 emergency vet visit. I have never been able to break her of the habit of eating inappropriate things and even resorted to a muzzle for a while after the mushroom incident. She's 7, and I got her at 15 months with those bad habits already ingrained. I have to just be vigilant and never let her off leash outside unless we are playing ball - during which time she is totally focused on only the ball.

Most challenging dog I have ever had to date...but I still love her to pieces. :hp :hp

Re: Cici's weird new fascination

PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:04 am
by Cici
Thanks, Susan and Tina. It's so weird because she is now 8 and never had a taste for any of this stuff. I will have to be more watchful. She was tasting and spitting out my Vincas the other day! :shock:

Thankfully, no tummy troubles yet. The scariest thing she does is when the bees come out in spring time and she tries to catch them with her mouth, of course. She is very upset by them and seems to think there is one right behind her all the time. It's her "bee in the bonnet", or shall I say "bee in the butt" moment...

Re: Cici's weird new fascination

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:20 am
by SusanT
Have you changed anything in her diet recently? I'm wondering if she is missing a key nutrient and that is what's driving her to try new 'foods'... ?

Re: Cici's weird new fascination

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:52 am
by Cici
A very interesting point, Susan. No, I haven't changed anything recently. She gets her crock pot food, but it is always mixed with canned, limited ingredient food to make sure it is balanced. She gets lamb, turkey, beef, rabbit and I know it has organs mixed in, plus other things. Her crock pot is certainly not low on vegetables - switching or combining carrots, broccoli, zucchini. she gets eggs, too. I giver her pumpkin too sometimes.

i guess i should buy her some grass that dogs eat? And if she wants fiber, what's the best way to introduce it? I don't want t give her oats or potatoes as those just feed the yeast problem.

Thanks!

Re: Cici's weird new fascination

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:34 pm
by SusanT
WebMD Pet had the following list for dogs with EPI.

Potential sources of fiber in your pet’s diet include:

Beet pulp
Rice bran
Flaxseed
Psyllium husk
Dried peas and beans
Barley
Oats/oat bran
Pectin
Fruit and vegetables (carrots, apples, etc.)

Re: Cici's weird new fascination

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:24 pm
by Joe in North Bay Ca
I would do a blood panel and see if there is a liver problem, if anything readings is out of range you will have your answer. Could be the start of something serious.

Joe