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Dogs eating charcoal?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Wyrekin, Sep 8, 2013.


  1. Wyrekin

    Wyrekin PetForums VIP

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    Last winter I discarded the sweepings from my open fire under the trees in my garden. I use a mix of wood and coal to run my fire.

    Anyway this has never been an issue with my other dogs but today Layla carried what looked like a lump of coal (possibly charcoal?) and proceeded to try to eat it. I stopped her and I know that they make charcoal bonios and things but I wasn't really sure whether or not I should be worried by this? Has anyone else encountered this or do you all dispose of your fire sweepings in the bin rather than under the trees in your garden? :eek:
     
  2. paddyjulie

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    Chester nicks the odd piece of coal from our coal bucket , if I catch him I take it from him, but there has been the odd occasion he has done it and I have not noticed..he as always been fine afterwards , but I too wondered in the past if it would do him any harm..he also likes to eat the bark off the logs :rolleyes:
     
  3. Beth17

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    Sam has been a real pain for finding and eating charcoal left by tourists., No idea why but he loves the stuff. I try not to let him eat too much but doesn't seem to hurt him.
     
  4. Kittenfostermummy

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    Maybe they have stomach ache and are medicating themselves?? Charcoal absorbs excess gas and any toxins in the stomach and gut.
     
  5. Wyrekin

    Wyrekin PetForums VIP

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    I'm glad Layla's not the only one then. I wouldn't have minded so much if she'd stayed out in the garden with it but she insisted on chewing it on my living room rug! She seems ok at the moment. I just can't see how it's appetising? Maybe KFM is right and she is self medicating. She did drop a rather noxious fart last night! :eek:
     
  6. cinnamontoast

    cinnamontoast Sois pas chiant, chéri.

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    They need it to activate phosphorus in their diet (think it's phosphorous). I give mine little lumps from the wood burner, they would eat the lot given half a chance.
     
  7. Owned By A Yellow Lab

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    I don't know of any dogs that do this, but am sure I've read of a few pregnant women craving charcoal. Could it be a hormonal thing?
     
  8. cheekymonkey68

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    Toby grabs charcoal from under the woodburner in the winter months, he loves it! We chop and season our own wood, so we can be sure there are no strange chemicals on it before it goes in the fire.
    No bad effects but dark poo!!
     
  9. Wyrekin

    Wyrekin PetForums VIP

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    Well you guys have put my mind at ease. She is fine today and her poo was normal. I won't rush over to get it of her quite so quick next time!

    This is interesting, what an odd thing to crave! Layla is just coming out of season but that's probably coincidence.
     
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