What are the reasons why dogs eat wood

January 7, 2012 by  
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Dogs have come a long way – from surviving on their own in the wild, dogs are now well cared pets. Dogs that have survived the hard life in the wild are the now pampered dogs that are considered as members of the family . Because these spoiled dogs are treated as people, they are provided with all imaginable things that will make life comfortable. Aside from providing prime quality food for the pet, dog owners will take time to provide the dog with home cooked meals.

Unlike their ancestors, pet dogs will never go hungry. In spite of this fact, dog owners will still see the pet eating non-food items. What will you do if your pet had feasted on the legs of your antique Louis XVI chair?

Dog owners have always been concerned by the pet’s propensity to eat non-food items. Dogs really do have big appetites. This is the reason why pet owner ensure that the dog is provided with sufficient supply of food. Dogs though are indiscriminate eaters. The dog’s curious nature coupled with the excellent scenting ability will entice the dog to sample non-food items.

Dogs have the inclination to eat grasses, rocks, rotten animals and feces. Rotten things and feces are disgusting to us humans. Thus we should be thankful that the dog has taken a liking only to wood. The dog’s propensity to eat wood would not be disgusting as the habit of eating feces but wood eating must be stopped. Not only would it be very expensive for an owner to buy new furniture but the habit of eating wood can have dangerous repercussions on the life of the pet as splinters can perforate the throat or the intestines. The pet must be prevented from eating wood.

One of the common reasons is boredom. Dogs will be destructive if attention is not given by the family because these are social animals. Wood eating can be the dog’s way of attracting the attention of the family. Wood eating can be attributed to a nutrient deficient diet. It is believed that the habit of eating wood is the dog’s remedy to fill up the nutrient deficiency. Correcting this concern would not be difficult. Give the pet more attention. Nutrient rich dog food would be expensive but it would be a much better alternative than having to spend for new furniture or for the necessary medical bills if the dog is injured by the eaten wood.

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