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Why Does My Dog Eat Sticks?

April 22, 2021

Golden Retriever chews a stick (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Dr Stephanie Lantry, DVM Affiliated With AirVet

Dogs eat sticks for a variety of reasons.

First of all, they are very easily accessible and often contain lots of smells from living things in the outdoors. Our most common underlying cause are puppies that are teething. They need that chewing outlet as they are getting their adult teeth in and losing their baby teeth.

Dogs don’t always outgrow this need for sensory chewing but it tends to diminish as they grow older. It can help them clean their teeth and exercise their jaws. Occasionally, dogs will have some stomach upset or imbalance that causes them to eat foreign objects (especially plant material outside).

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