by Tom Ken
It can be disheartening and frustrating to find your favorite underwear shredded into tiny pieces by your dog. Eating underwear is also dangerous for your pet as the fabric usually contains chemicals, and ingesting it can have adverse health effects. Therefore, it is vital to understand why dogs eat underwear and stop the habit for their safety and overall wellbeing.
Various things can lead dogs to chew underwear, and while some can be surprising, others are a result of typical dog behaviors. Here are a few of them.
For puppies between 4 and 7 months, teething is one of the main reasons they chew your underwear. At this age, pets can feel very uncomfortable and want to chew on anything they encounter as they seek relief.
Dogs are super active animals that hate sitting around doing nothing when not sleeping. Therefore, if your dog gets bored, it can end up chewing on things like undies to play or keep busy.
If you are not giving the pet enough attention, it can end up chewing your underwear to draw your attention.
Remember that hyperactive breeds such as German shepherd and hunting dogs need lots of physical activity to utilize their extra energy every day. When they do not get the workout they desire, these dogs can engage in destructive activities like chewing undies.
Pica Syndrome is an appetite anomaly where dogs desire to eat non-food items. With this condition, the pet can eat anything it finds lying around, such as rocks, underwear and socks.
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This anomaly is often more common among puppies, and it also affects some humans. While there are various causes of Pica Syndrome, it often results from medical issues like anemia, diabetes, malnutrition, and neurological disorders.
If you suspect the dog has this problem, it is essential to talk to a vet for a physiological or psychological examination to determine what is triggering the condition. The good news is that simple dosage or diet change is often enough to manage the disorder for most cases.
Dogs have one of the best senses of smell among all animals and can pick up almost any scent even when far away. Given the bond they have with their owners, anything that smells like them will consistently draw them.
Undies carry the smell of their owners, and so once the pet detects it, they can spend a lot of time playing with them out of excitement. In the process, the pet ends up chewing the underwear accidentally and sometimes deliberately.
Destructive dog behaviors like chewing and eating underwear are quite common. While different things from hunger to medical conditions can cause this problem, the most important thing is always to find ways to prevent and solve the issue. Keeping your underwear out of reach at all times and providing an alternative chew toy are among the best ways to deal with the problem.
About Tom Ken
Tom has worked with many veterinary surgeons as a nurse at different veterinary clinics throughout his life.
There, he provides care for sick animals; such as: dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, and sometimes reptiles.
He has good work ethics and gentle hands; hence, the doctors as well the pet owners have come to love his presence alot.
With this site, he aims to help the readers ensure their pets' wellbeing, learn how to care, and proivide medical treatment as needed.
Joshua received Veterinary Technician Degree at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.