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Eating rocks :(

Anyone had an issue like this with their bully? My 1 1/2 old female obviously eats rocks. I have found them in her stool and the other day she vomited and I found 13 rocks in the vomit. (about dime size river rocks).

Mike

judy wilson's picture

its a oral fixation and deadly.....

once they start eating rocks they dont stop and i had a dog rotty eat a large rock that did not pass and he died the intenstines died. they never stop and one day you could lose your baby if your not careful, their have been a couple of scary blockage stories on this forum.
so watch your dog very close.....

judy wilson's picture

its a oral fixation and deadly.....

once they start eating rocks they dont stop and i had a dog rotty eat a large rock that did not pass and he died the intenstines died. they never stop and one day you could lose your baby if your not careful, their have been a couple of scary blockage stories on this forum.
so watch your dog very close.....

Local Rescue got a bulldog because of rock eating...

Owners paid for first ER surgery but they couldn't afford the second one, so Rescue was contacted, agreed to pay for surgery, and this dog I understand has to be watched still...yard is concrete but once they get the yen, its hard to control. PS> dog's name was changed from "Rocky" to something more positive!

Local Rescue got a bulldog because of rock eating...

Owners paid for first ER surgery but they couldn't afford the second one, so Rescue was contacted, agreed to pay for surgery, and this dog I understand has to be watched still...yard is concrete but once they get the yen, its hard to control. PS> dog's name was changed from "Rocky" to something more positive!

I can believe that

My bully eats about 90% of every thing and any thing she finds on the floor. I have to constantly be washing her to make sure she does not eat rocks, bugs, frogs, ants, and anything else she thinks needs to go into her mouth. This is a major reason for me keeping her inside the house and not letting her out to often.

I can believe that

My bully eats about 90% of every thing and any thing she finds on the floor. I have to constantly be washing her to make sure she does not eat rocks, bugs, frogs, ants, and anything else she thinks needs to go into her mouth. This is a major reason for me keeping her inside the house and not letting her out to often.

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Yep, my dog the same, and I have to be on top of her in the yard

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Yep, my dog the same, and I have to be on top of her in the yard

Jenbren's picture

Me too. Mimi's mouth is like a vacum on the floor!

Jenbren's picture

Me too. Mimi's mouth is like a vacum on the floor!

Jacinda and the bullies's picture

I consulted my Vet

He basically said he liked rocks like some dogs like balls. There wasn't really anything I could do about it except try to keep him away from them.


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I consulted my Vet

He basically said he liked rocks like some dogs like balls. There wasn't really anything I could do about it except try to keep him away from them.


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This is tough...

Like Judy, I had a rottie that ate rocks. Fortunately, he outgrew it (by 10 months) which I was very lucky about since I live on a gravel road with a gravel drive!
Make sure any loose rock is picked up in your yard - otherwise, keep him on leash. Try to stay on concrete/blacktop surfaces. It's a pain, I know - but as Judy said - it can be deadly. I work in a kennel and we had a dog require surgery from eating rocks - he almost didn't make it. He now stays on a concrete run.
Oh, we've tried training (ie: correcting every time they tried to pick up a rock) with no success. This has been an issue with numerous dogs that I've come in contact with. As far as I know, the only thing you can do is watch them like a hawk and keep on leash if there's the slightest suspicion that there may be loose rock around. sad.gif

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rottigirl's picture

This is tough...

Like Judy, I had a rottie that ate rocks. Fortunately, he outgrew it (by 10 months) which I was very lucky about since I live on a gravel road with a gravel drive!
Make sure any loose rock is picked up in your yard - otherwise, keep him on leash. Try to stay on concrete/blacktop surfaces. It's a pain, I know - but as Judy said - it can be deadly. I work in a kennel and we had a dog require surgery from eating rocks - he almost didn't make it. He now stays on a concrete run.
Oh, we've tried training (ie: correcting every time they tried to pick up a rock) with no success. This has been an issue with numerous dogs that I've come in contact with. As far as I know, the only thing you can do is watch them like a hawk and keep on leash if there's the slightest suspicion that there may be loose rock around. sad.gif

Olivia/Kano/Q-Ball/Ralph
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judy wilson's picture

because....

its an oral fixtation you cannot break them from it, you have to watch all the time, if you dont allow it and keep correcting they may stop, but you can never be sure...

judy wilson's picture

because....

its an oral fixtation you cannot break them from it, you have to watch all the time, if you dont allow it and keep correcting they may stop, but you can never be sure...

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Re: Yes

and did you ever get any advice on what to do to stop him from eating the rocks......(other than to watch him closely when he was outside......obviously! happy.gif)

Mike

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Re: Yes

and did you ever get any advice on what to do to stop him from eating the rocks......(other than to watch him closely when he was outside......obviously! happy.gif)

Mike

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Yes

My Chief ate rocks on a daily basis. He would pass some of them, throw up some of them and suck on the big ones. They never caused him any harm but he died of a sting that he possibly got while digging up rocks.


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Yes

My Chief ate rocks on a daily basis. He would pass some of them, throw up some of them and suck on the big ones. They never caused him any harm but he died of a sting that he possibly got while digging up rocks.


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