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When we have an older dog that is now developing this behavior, called pica, there can be underlying medical causes
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First we want to rule out medical causes which can include:
So a veterinary exam, basic bloodwork, and a fecal evaluation are warranted to rule out a medical condition
ok thanks. I will make her an appointment with her vet.
Once this has been ruled out we look at the behavioral issue and sometimes need to discuss medication to deter the behavior. If it were just the shoes then I would say this could be more behavioral but with there being a fireplace and its contents I worry about medical causes
Does this make sense? How else can I assist you today?
I have seen Boston's in particular having endocrine causes such as cushing's disease
She was just licking the area/wood. That wasn't as prevalent as the shoe eating. She's a very small dog. She ate almost the entire top of a clog, which is quite a bit of material. She also ate the entire top of a leather flip flop last night.
The early signs will show up on bloodwork
It does make sense, thanks.
Busy girl! No vomiting I hope?
No vomiting, she's eating her meals. Although she tends to skip them sometimes, which she never did, but that has been going on for several months.
Is there any other changes to her appetite, water intake/ urination?
She has a very healthy appetite for treats though. :)
No, nothing that lines up with the shoe eating
Is her hair coat thinning, swollen belly at all, weight gain/ loss?
Glad she has not developed an obstruction with her antics
No fur change. She's got a very thin rear part of her body, but that's mainly because she had a spinal stroke a couple years back and can't really use her right back leg, so there is quite a bit of muscle loss.
I'll make her a dr's appointment and see what they think.
Great, please let me know if I can be of any further assistance
nope, all set. thanks!
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