When Frosty the Gr. Pyrenees was a pup he ate rocks . The vet said that was very bad & he would need to cut him open if he kept it up . He said he would grow out of it , but that his body craved bricks to build the big dog from & his puppy food ( benifil ) was not getting it done . He said feed him cottage cheese to help build up his bones . I think it worked well , it didn’t take long & he stopped eating rocks . I NOW FEED BONE MEAL WITH PHOSPHORUS with my home cooking , I think that helps the dogs take calcium into their body.
I’m confused. Is this still an issue for you, or are you talking about how you solved it?
Adding too much Calcium to a large / giant breed pup’s can have some pretty detrimental consequences.
I started this in case other folks had the same problem . I saw in a post the use of cottage cheese in home made food & made me think of this . RE: calcium , I got the cook book ” REAL FOOD for healthy dogs & cats ” in the book they cover many , many things . I know too much of anything can be bad , like a belly full of rocks & a huge vet bill to cut him open to take them out ! I don’t recall word for word , but they talked about the need for Phosphorus with calcium . There are also charts of how much per weight of dog . Like many here I also mix up what I feed my dog , my guess I don’t feed enough calcium , I don’t give it every meal & also give her cottage cheese , milk , sour cream , cheese , ice cream , yogurt . She gets deer bones from the woods on her own & killed & eaten rabbits . RE: raw bones , most people likely can’t get them , but if you know any deer hunters , the full rib cage is good for them to chew on . The ribs are good because the dogs eat them like buggs bunny eats a carrot . They use their back teeth to nip off bits of about 1/4 inch at a time , so there are no shards that would cut their insides , just crushed bone . Their teeth come out super clean . I’m not a raw food kind of guy & am a little freaked out about what they may catch from the deer. But hunting season in MO. is mostly cold so I don’t think it will spoil too soon . Other than the ribs , I take away any bones they bring home . I have raised Grt. Pureness dogs for about 30 years & only had problems with 1 a few months ago , that’s why I’m here. They eat a lot & I have fed them LOTS of table scraps , deer & catfish for ever & had zero problems related to food . I don’t know what killed Frosty ?? The Med. College cut him up to find out because they couldn’t save him & they wanted to know why . Bottom line , they don’t know for sure , age 2 1/2 , possible toxin . The av. age of my dogs was 12 years , the ones not hit by a truck , shot , antifreeze, or just gone & never came back ??? Bo Bear was shot in one eye by a turkey hunter & later BLIND sided by a truck ! He was not fixed & 1 rainy night just took off running & that was the last time I saw him alive . I think it’s a good Idea to get them fixed if you don’t want pups . Every single one was the BEST DOG EVER!!
Pica, the consuming of nonfood items, is often a sign of mineral deficiency, but the most common deficient mineral is zinc.
If he’s still eating Beneful, it’s a crappy food.
As I said , my dog story is 30 yrs long . To be Clear , in June Frosty died at 2 1/2 from possible toxin . At that time I quit ALL COMMERCIAL DOG FOOD For my other dog Rocky . Last fed was , Purina one lamb & rice . As you all know , any food less than 4 star is crap . I am happy with home cooking , I found this site looking for some canned to back it up now and then. I DON’T know that the food had any connection to his death.
A great strategy you did there. Indeed nutrient deficiencies causes our pups to eat rocks. It’s all in this article here: https://goldenretrieverlove.com/why-is-my-puppy-eating-rocks-what-can-i-do-about-it/. For the next steps though I would recommend continuous monitoring as well as check ups with the vet. Hopefully, it’s all just about nutrient deficiency and nothing else.
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