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why would our 8 year old dog start eating paper

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why would our 8 year old dog start eating paper?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
Thank you for your post!

What is his normal diet?

Any change in food?

Any weight loss or other signs of illness?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Hill Canine K/D for the last 2 years. He loves it. A little weight gain because of recent removal of a tumor on left front paw [so less exercise than usual] - lots of bacteria at the tumor site [tumor was cancerous but not metastasized]
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
Thank you for your reply!

Most dogs do this for behavioral reasons - to get attention... Depending on the texture or material the taste at times can be enticing for dogs.

The question remains - if there is a systemic reason for it, what could that be?
- Low red blood cell count - anemia.

If you have any suspicion that there may be a low red blood cell count (pale gums, lethargic, fast heart rate, fast breathing, etc.) then I would recommend making an appointment to see your veterinarian.

A quick blood test can look at the red blood cell count, and potentially look for other diseases or problems such as electrolyte abnormalities which can cause these signs.

But - to be honest, these signs are likely behavioral without any medical condition related.

I hope this information helps!
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
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