Monday, July 10, 2023

What Is Pica?

Is your pet trying to eat non-food items? Pica is when a pet eats items like rocks, paper, fabric, dirt or plastic. The reasons can be medically-related such as gut issues or behavioral due to anxiety. Pets with behavioral pica eat non-food items out of boredom, stress or play (eating their owner's socks). Pica can also be due to digestive disorders, anemia or hormonal imbalances. It's essential to work with your vet to find the cause. If your pet has pica, a diet change is a good place to start. Your pet’s current diet could contain undigestible fillers and may not be meeting your pet’s nutritional needs. Adding real protein like lean meats or fish and vegetables to meals can be helpful. Also GI support supplements like Power Probiotic and Soothing Digestive can provide calming relief for pets that have a queasy stomach or tummy rumbling.