While newspapers aren’t as common as they used to be, they’re still around. And they’re still tempting for some dogs. Does your dog go after newspaper? Does he like to play with it, shred it or even eat it? Then you’ve come to the right place!
Why Does My Dog Eat Newspaper?
Your canine companion may have a penchant for eating paper for several reasons:
- Some yummy morsel of meat or other food was wrapped in the paper.
- Your dog was shredding paper because he finds it fun, and accidentally swallowed some.
- Your fur baby could have a condition called pica
The Problem with a Dog Eating Newspaper
Newspapers are listed as non-toxic for dogs; however, some newspapers do use ink that could be toxic for your canine companion. However, the largest danger posed by eating newspaper is that it could cause an intestinal blockage.
The amount needed to cause this serious health issue depends on the size of your dog. Only a small amount of paper is needed to cause a bowel obstruction in small dogs, while larger dogs wouldn’t be affected too much.
When it comes to the ink being toxic, most newspaper today use inks that a non-toxic; however, there are still a few that use inks that can poison dogs. Having said that, there’s a small chance of the ink poisoning your fur baby, and a higher chance he could develop a bowel obstruction. This type of medical problem is a medical emergency and needs prompt treatment by a vet.
Symptoms of Newspaper Intestinal Obstruction
If your fur baby’s eaten a large amount of newspaper, then you’ll definitely need to call the vet. However, if you’re not sure how much your dog has eaten, then watch for these symptoms that may indicate an intestinal blockage:
- Diarrhea (may contain blood)
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
If your canine companion shows these symptoms, then call the vet immediately. This could be a life-threatening medical emergency.
Most dogs can survive this medical problem, but only if they receive prompt treatment.
Prevention of Newspaper Eating in Dogs
Dogs that eat a little tiny corner of newspaper once in a while should be OK. But a larger amount could cause serious health issues. The best way to keep your fur baby from eating newspaper is to simply keep the paper away from your dog. You’ll need to use whatever means possible if your canine companion really is fixated on the paper!