Sunday, September 23, 2007

Do Labradors eat everything all of their lives

Reader's E-mail - Louise (Canada) Writes:

Do labs eat everything all of their lives or is this just a "puppy" faze ? I have attached a picture of Cleopatra, she is 4 ½ months old.

All About Labradors Blog Answer:

Hello Louise,

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice. Disclaimer

Thank you for writing and for visiting All About Labradors blog. I also want to thank you for the absolutely adorable picture of Cleopatra, she's beautiful!

Some Labrador Retrievers will eat just about anything, which can lead to big problems. Eating something to large can cause your Labrador to choke and can also cause an obstructed bowel movement, just to name a few of the potential problems.

I have had other owners of Labrador Retrievers write me to say that their Labradors eat rocks, dirt, sticks, and just about anything else they can manage to get in their mouths. My two Labrador Retrievers (2 and 3) will still occasionally eat something that they are not suppose to and then will proceed to throw the object up latter.

I know it is hard to watch Cleopatra 24-7 but you do need to take some steps to help prevent her from getting the opportunity to eat anything she wants. This is especially true with puppies as they will pick up everything and attempt to eat it.

First off Louise, you need to puppy proof your home. Clear off tables, pick items off the floor, anything that Cleopatra can get her paws, or should I say mouth on.

I also recommend a crate (if you don't have one already) for anytime that Cleopatra is left alone in your home. They are great training aids and will help her feel safe and relaxed. Let me know if you need more information in regards to crates and getting Cleopatra to use one.

Plenty of chew toys will help keep her attention. I love and always recommend the Kong toys and Nylabones. The Kong toys you can stuff food in and will provide plenty of mental as well as physical exercise for Cleopatra. Make sure you keep a close eye on any chew toy and discard if anything is coming apart. Rawhide treats can cause problems as they do have a tendency to swell after it is swallowed.

Eventually, Cleopatra should grow out of this but as I said, every now and then my girls will decide to eat something they definitely shouldn't be eating.

I hope this is of some help to you. If you have other questions in regards to this on any other matter, please don't hesitate to e-mail me.

My apologies for the delay and I hope you continue to visit and enjoy the blogs. Let me know if you would like me to e-mail you when I post the picture of Cleopatra.

Take care of yourself and Cleopatra,

Fay

A photo of Cleopatra can be seen by clicking: Cleopatra 9/23/07

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