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Why does my 6 yr.old Lab eat fabris-bottom of

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Why does my 6 yr.old Lab eat fabris-bottom of drapes,blankets or throe rugs?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

So sorry your Peyton is doing this! I understand how difficult it is to stop this behavior!

Unfortunately sometimes this behavior called PICA requires medical intervention to treat this condition but there are a few things that you can try to help reduce the frequency

http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/stomach-intestine-liver-or-pancreas/pica-in-dogs

- Regular leash walk exercise of at least an hour, often this is an obsessive compulsive disorder in higher energy dogs and reducing their energy can make a significant reduction in this behavior. Not running around the yard but leash walks where they are stimulated to listen to you and tire their body at the same tim
- A high quality food, with no by products and human grade ingredients. Preferably a low fat high fiber food to increase her satiety or feeling full therefore doesn't feel the need to put more in her mouth. Unfortunately being a Labrador there often isn't a feeling of satiety in their stomachs!
- Enclosing her in a safe location when you are not able to monitor her at least for the first month of trying out the above so she cannot harm herself
- Consider giving her a job, something like agility work or rally which is AKC obedience that can give her a sense of purpose

If these options don't work and she continues to do this then it is time to discuss possible medications to treat this condition. Along with behavioral modification above it can make a difference in reducing these ingestions but I have a cat that does this as well and she is never allowed in rooms with towels/ blankets without supervision because she still has the tendency if she isn't stimulated enough

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier

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