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Sock Eating/Floor Licking
tsr177 posted:
I have, what we were told when we rescued him, an Australian Cattle Dog/Whippet (or Greyhound or maybe even a Catahoula Leopard Dog) mix. A couple of times a year he will start walking around the house licking the floor. We have hardwood, so he's pretty much licking mostly dog hair and dirt. I know when he starts doing it he's soon going to start swallowing weird and gagging. I try to stop him when I see him but can't do anyhing once we go to bed. Then he will dig out one of my husband mid-rise socks from the laundry and eat it all but the band at the top. On one occasion he chewed the leg off the bottom of my husbands jeans hanging off the dresser knob coz there wasn't any laundry in the bedroom. He NEVER chews or eats anything else, EVER so it's not a matter of having to keep that stuff up because he would chew the curtains right off the window or part of the sheet right off the mattress. Anything to take care of whatever issue is ailing him and causing him to do this. If he can't find anything else he will just continue to lick the floor and gag ALL NIGHT LONG! Of course that gagging all night is quite annoying. He usually ends up throwing up all the stuff he's licked off the floor or the sock he's eaten but I can't figure out why he's doing this floor lickin', throwin' up ritual. I know dogs will sometimes eat grass if their belly is upset.


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