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They all it pica when kids eat non-food items like paste, crayons, paint, wood chips, etc. For some reason it seems somewhat normal when our pets do it because they are 'animals' but when they start hacking and up-chucking because of it, then we start to take serious notice. We tried 'nasty habit' pills, but once we would skip a dose, Rocky would resume eating his own feces. Now that he is older it happens rarely.
 

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What I find alarming in this article is the following:

Most pesticide chemicals in commercial flea repellents are fat-soluble and are stored in the fatty tissues of the body, primarily in the liver and in the nervous system. As these chemicals accumulate over time, they negatively affect nerves, hormones, and immunity. Symptoms to lookout for include anorexia, cancer, colic, convulsions, deformity of sexual organs, depression, diarrhea, foaming at the mouth, nausea, seizures, stiffness, vomiting and weakness

So does that mean using flea control could be detrimental to your pets?
 

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What would classify as a natural treatment?
Its difficult cause my vet said I must use flea control every month as it protects from worms as well.... I suppose like everything there are pro's and cons unfortunately. ..

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I have a comment not pertaining to a dog eating food or anything that should ever be ingested. My little 4 month old runt apple head ate a piece of grade 0000 steel wool (I wash windows for a living and use it to scrub bug guts off of glass and he fished it out of the pocket of my work pants). He was puking blood and shaking and whimpering for a week. The vet said there was not a thing they could do to help him. I just had to wait and see if he pulled through or not. He has now made a full recovery after many sleepless nights for me. Bottom line- I now make sure the house is 100% puppy proof before going to work or lying down to sleep. Now none of my dogs have access to anything more sinister than dog food and occasionally, my uniform hats from work. They do love to chew on those.
 

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Our new chihuahua rescue, Pico, has cost us plenty in vet bills in the 2.5 months he's been with us but it was all worth it 2 weeks ago...
He followed me to the basement where he's never been before. I figured it was okay because I just had to flip a switch for the Septic repair guy and run back up the steps...
I flipped the switch, turned around, and no Pico! I ran upstairs calling his name and found him on the dog bed chewing on a "prize". The "prize", it turned out was mouse poison!
I rushed him to the vet's office where they induced vomiting with Hydrogen Peroxide and prescribed 2 weeks of vitamin K just in case any had been absorbed into his system.
Had I not seen him eating the stuff, it could have been an awful ending...
This is exactly why I use a humane, no kill mouse trap. The thought of My Two Little Monsters finding and eating poison scares me to death!!! Like you, I watch them very closely, but it only takes a second for them to grab and swallow anything!!!

I'm so glad Pico is OK!!!
 

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I know someone who had an emergency when their small dog got into a cupboard and ate a box of dry macaroni. It swelled in her stomach but he saved her by taking her to the vet. I think that's why it's good to feed a dog some people food, that way they would know that dry pasta is flavorless and they would not eat it.
 
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