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R. Bear June 22nd, 2013 02:30 PM

Dog grabs and eats dog fur
 
My friend has a German Shepherd and I help brush all the shedding undercoat at this time of year. Problem is my 9 year old Min Pin will grab the clumps of hair that come off the comb and eat mouthfuls of the stuff. I have searched around and it does appear that this isn't as rare as I thought, but does anyone know WHY a dog (or any other living being) would find a mouthful of hair to be palatable? And will this behaviour cause any damage to the dog? He seems to be ok but he's so obsessed that I think from now on I'll tie him up out of reach while I help brush the Shepherd since I just don't feel that this can be a good thing..:shrug:

Barkingdog June 22nd, 2013 04:20 PM

I found this web site that explains why dogs eat weird things. It's called Pica
and I never heard of this until right now


[url]http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pica_eating_strange_objects.html[/url]


The web site said eating odds things could cause a blockage in a pet , so you should try to keep your dog from eating anymore fur. My dog likes to eat tissues and I have to be careful
abut this.

R. Bear June 29th, 2013 07:06 AM

Thanks for the advice. I am tying him to a tree while we brush the furry dogs. He doesn't like it, but it's for his own good!!

Marty11 June 29th, 2013 10:51 PM

I had a manchester terrier that used to pull the hair off my golden's tail and eat it!!!! Strange eh?


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