Last Saturday morning found me and my little family off to Santa Barbara for an early morning race. It was kinda rainy, and a little windy. For those of you who know my beloved little pooch Poncho, he is not a fan of the wind! (HA! no pun intended) I’m not a big fan of the wind either, but for a different reason. Anyway, we didn’t want to leave him here, so off we went on a family adventure.
- Hubby: “Uh, honey? I gotta tell you about Poncho.”
- Wifey: “Oh really? What did he do? Was he a good boy with all the people and dogs?”
- H: “Has nothing to do with his behavior. Poncho is doing great with everyone.”
- W: “Oh dear gawd what happened!?”
- H: “Poncho ate a muffin wrapper.”
- W: “HE WHAT??!!!” “How the……!!!!!” “WHAT THE….!” (insert multiple expletives here)
a fiber would be okay…although, I would never ever ever add something like that into his diet intentionally, nor would I risk leaving something like that around – As we have come to learn, dogs sometimes don’t have the best judgement when it comes to meal planning.
- If your dog does, or you think your dog did ingest something that could harm them TAKE YOUR DOG TO THE VET! (or at least call your vets office) It’s not our job to evaluate our dogs health if we’re not a professional veterinarian.
- Determine WHY your dog is chewing, destroying, or eating things they should be chewing, destroying or eating! Is it boredom? Is it because of isolation distress or separation anxiety? Is it because they’re teething? There are many reasons why dogs do any of those things. First determine “the why”, then you can make plans on what to do about it, if in fact you need to change your dogs behavior.
- Supply your dog with “legal” items, then reward them when they’re making the better choice. Check out the picture of Poncho and his “legal” items.
For more intriguing anecdotes on items that dogs eat, check out this great Web site that Matt Goodman and his dog Watson have developed called: Things My Dog Ate! After looking at his site, I can honestly say Poncho ain’t that bad when it comes to ingesting the non-food items… we’ll just keep the wrappers away, and count our blessings.