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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Question Eating sticks and leaves

With the thaw this past couple of days, some sticks and dead leaves were uncovered in our little backyard. We caught Lulah chewing/eating them. We did our best to get them, but she is a pro at playing tag, and we're always "it", so at times there was just no catching her! :P

Today, she had some loose stool, and we were wondering if this was the cause. Well, she must have vomitted earlier today too, because I just found it and it looks like mulch! Poor thing, it must have felt awful coming back up!

So my question is, is this dangerous? Obviously we're trying to stop her from eating this stuff, but I'm worried we won't always see her doing it.

Is this a rite of Hav puppy passage? Is this a novelty that will wear off?

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I will be very interested in the responses you get to this topic. My 12 week old puppy Molly has been doing the same thing. Any leaf, piece of mulch, or other things she finds in the lawn have been going in her mouth. I have to watch her like a hawk and take things constantly out of her mouth. So far no vomiting or diarrhea for her, so maybe I got most of it before she swallowed any.

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Some plants are very toxic, others not so much but can be choking hazards or cause obstruction. You can't stop all chewing....so I've pulled out everything that I know is poison because they will eat anything they can. I was sad to loose my lovely Digitalis but I'll get over it.

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Emmie used to love to eat leaves and sticks when she was a puppy. I don't recall when she stopped the behavior but she's 2 years old now and doesn't have the same obsession, thank god. Hopefully your furbaby will outgrow it too. Good luck!

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Manny's last act before coming inside is to grab a mouthful of leaves or a stick in hopes that he can sneak by without anyone seeing him.
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These dogs are fast and always working on a plan!

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I have 7 & 8 year old boys that have a trampoline, slip-n-slide, who play soccer, hockey & destroy-everything-mom-holds-dear...the only plants in my backyard are grass, dandilions and a maple tree. I tried planting flowers once...they didn't last long! I gave up a long time ago. So I know she can't get a hold of anything exotic in my yard.

I think what worried me the most is the fact that she vomitted, and it looked like mulch! So the poor thing had to throw up bits of sticks and stuff!

She's fast...wait...no...fast doesn't cover it. She moves at Mach 12! And, as I said, as soon as she knows I'm trying to get something away from her (and she ALWAYS seems to know!), she's gone in a flash.

Whenever I see something poking through the snow, I chuck it somewhere she can't get at it. But she'll have access to it eventually, so I'm not sure if I'm just delaying the inevitable.

My husband looked at me and said "Well...Spring is gonna be fun!"

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Loll, now you are back in toddler stage with a cute puppy.
At least you only have to watch the boys and the puppy, and not worry about the landscape.

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Loll, now you are back in toddler stage with a cute puppy.
At least you only have to watch the boys and the puppy, and not worry about the landscape.
There is that! LOL

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Oh yes those puppies!!! You might want to start doing some trades. You drop the ball/ stick/whatever, I'll give you a treat. When I do this with Atticus I try to be able to then give him "his" thing back too (unless it's dangerous) . Playing the" trade game" will serve you well if she does have something you NEED to take away in the future!

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