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Tissue Eating Spaniel

May 19th, 2004, 02:47 PM
I have a four year old cocker spaniel that lives to eat paper. Particularily tissue paper. She will do whatever she can to find it. If you try to take it away from she will most definitely bite. She will eat holes in your pockets to grab a tissue. It almost seems as though she craves something in the paper. Although we do our best to prevent her from getting it she will sometimes pass nothing but digested paper in her stools. We are concerned for her health. Does anyone know what is causing this or what can be done about it?

Lucky Rescue
May 19th, 2004, 02:58 PM
I would be more worried about the biting, but your dog has "pica", meaning she eats non-food items.

Here is an article about it and some suggestions on how to stop it. Scroll down til you come to "Pica"

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May 19th, 2004, 03:32 PM
That is so weird I have never heard of that before. I mean I have heard of animals eatting things that is not their food but not actually called something. (sickness or a bad habbit) :D That is so funny, I am sure it is not funny if your dog is trying to consume anything and everything. LOL :D

May 19th, 2004, 04:41 PM
Thats very interestin LR tx

May 19th, 2004, 06:21 PM
Be careful, dogs can get any virus that can pass through human mucus. Our inlaws dog got an awful cold and strep throat from eating tissues. It gets expensive to treat

May 20th, 2004, 01:44 PM
try giving her tissue with an unplesant oder or taste on it she will then see tissue with bad taste and will not eat it

May 20th, 2004, 04:41 PM
ya... one of the dogs had a fetish for eating tissues...

downplay the situation, better yet, remove the tissues from places that the dog might reach (including the garbage).

it works. :) (btw, i didnt read the article, i'm typing from experience)