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Pica

“My dog or cat ate my homework” is an excuse invented by children who haven’t done their homework and want to get away with it. Of course, their teachers don’t believe them and they eventually receive a bad grade. But, it seems that this action is actually true in some cases, and animals can do this for real. The phenomenon is called “pica” and can be found even in humans. 

That being said, pica is a mental disorder characterized by compulsively eating items that have no nutritional value and may be toxic sometimes, such as paint, metal, deodorant, papers, soap, sand, glue and so on. This disorder can be found in children, pregnant women and animals. 

Thus, if you notice that your pet eats non-food items, you should talk to your veterinarian as there are a lot of factors that could cause this illness. Pica may cause intoxication in animals and can even lead to death if left untreated. 

So, all you have to do is to talk to your vet, tell them about the non food items your dog has eaten and follow their treatment. 

 

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Binge eating

Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to notice that your furry friend suffers from binge eating, especially because they love to eat all the time. However, you should know that there’s a big difference between binge eating and an increased appetite. Binge eating is a life-threatening eating disorder that refers to recurrent episodes of eating large amounts of foods. 

According to animal experts, small pets, such as birds, reptiles, rodents, rabbits, hedgehogs, cats, dog and amphibians, whether domestic or wild, they tend to suffer from this mental disorder. It has been proven though that domestic animals are more likely to suffer from overeating. The explanation is that you, as a pet owner, are doing something wrong, such as not giving them nutritious and healthy food, keeping them stressed or not helping them stick to certain eating intervals. For instance, keeping a bowl full of food can lead to binge eating. 

Luckily, there are some treatments that can help you combat this mental disorder, and the most common ones involve more exercise, more entertainment (to help you keep them focused on something else) and setting certain eating intervals.

One of the most important things that you have to take into consideration when it comes to helping your dog overcome this condition is to provide them less food and play with them to chase away their boredom. In fact, pets can eat when they are bored, just like humans. 

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  1. Any thoughts on “anorexia”. I have a lovely year old husky who is a poor eater. I have experimented with lots of different foods including those prescribed by our vet. Some times she eats it and sometimes she nibbles at the top and leaves the rest. I have added “yummy” stuff most dogs would love to eat and she walks away from it. Human food doesn’t appeal to her all that much and I don’t want to become her chef! Is there any absolutely irresistible additive you can suggest?

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