Why your dog is obsessed with pine cones? Why he must find them anywhere and eat them all the time? These are questions many dog owners ask all the time, especially if they live in an area where pinecones are common. There is more than just one explanation here and there are more to know than the obvious question. Keep in mind that dogs must not east pinecones. We will explain why later on.
Why your dog is obsessed with pine cones all the time?
It’s no wonder that your pet will find and play with almost anything he can. Pinecones are an obvious choice. There are many of them and they come in all sizes and flavors. So, you will see your pet with a pinecone all the time. But, why this is the case?
- He is attracted by the smell
Pinecones have a strong smell thanks to the pine sap. This smell is very strong and unique. Dogs have a super-strong sense of smell so they can easily pick up the smell and find a pinecone. They will start playing or chewing it immediately.
- It has a strange shape
A pinecone truly has shape and texture like nothing else. It looks and feels special and your dog just loves it. As the result, he will do the thing we are trying to stop. This isn’t something he can find all the time and many puppies are impressed with pinecones when they see them for the first time.
- It is a great snack
If we mix the shape, the smell, and the texture, we will get an interesting snack. Most dogs will eat a pinecone after some time. Here is where the problem may begin. Dogs must not east pinecones and we will explain later why this is so important.
- A pinecone is a great toy
A pinecone will roll over, jump and play with your dog. Of course not. But, your pet will still want to play with a pinecone. After all, it looks like a great and one of a kind toy. This is another, extremely common reason why some dogs are obsessed with pinecones.
Why dogs must not eat pinecones?
We have mentioned that dogs must not eat pinecones a few times. But, why this is so important to know? Pinecones come from pine trees and they contain seeds. They don’t look dangerous nor have been linked with any bad things. In reality, there are a few reasons why you should make sure your dog doesn’t eat pinecones.
- Pine trees make sap that may end up on the pinecones. If a dog eats that, he may have an allergic reaction which will be severe.
- Pinecones can block the intestine of your pet. Only surgery can remove the blockage.
- If he eats a lot of them, he can lose appetite and start vomiting.
- Pesticides or fertilizer can be found on most pinecones and these are dangerous to your dog as well.
- Pine oil is present on the pinecones and it will affect the stomach of your dog.
- All pinecones have very sharp edges and small sharp pieces all around them. These can have a huge, negative effect on the stomach and the intestine of your pet.
As you can see, these are all serious reasons and something all dog owners must know if their pet is obsessed with pinecones. It happens more often than you think and it is something that can be severe despite the fact it looks harmless.
My dog ate pinecone: What I should do?
The next section is obvious. If your pet ate a lot of pinecones, you need to act. The first scenario is when a puppy eats a lot of pinecones. It is best to take him to a vet as soon as you can. Even if there are no symptoms, take him to a check.
If you have an older dog and you don’t know how many pinecones he ate, you can wait for the first symptoms. Usually, he will start feeling nausea and he will start vomiting. Loss of appetite is present as well. These are the first symptoms but not the only ones. Pine cones can cause an allergic reaction in dogs as well. If you notice issues with walking, swelling, and heavy berating, take your pet to a vet immediately. He has an allergic reaction!
Keep in mind that these symptoms are common and general. Your pet may have other symptoms that are not on the list and obviously cannot be generalized. As such, it is always a smart idea to take him to a vet as soon as possible.
Train your dog not to eat or play with pinecones
You should invest some time and make sure your dog doesn’t eat pinecones thanks to his training. There are two things you need to do. The first one is to teach him ‘’drop it’’ and ‘’leave it’’ commands. The next time when he picks up a pinecone, issue one of these commands. He must obey in over 98% of cases.
The second thing to do is to bring a toy with him the next time you two are walking in the park or forest. A tennis ball will work just fine. You can bring a rubber ball as well. The goal is to help your pet has something to play with all the time so he will forget about pinecones.
To get the best results, pair the two methods we have listed here and you will get the ultimate solution.
The final word
These are true reasons why your dog is obsessed with pine cones. These are the most common and can be seen among all dog breeds. It is important to know that he must not eat pinecones and that you should stop this behavior as soon as you can. Pinecones are simply too dangerous for dogs.
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