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What is pica in dogs?


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"Pica" refers to ingesting anything that is not a food item. In dogs, some of the items most commonly ingested are rocks, dirt, and clothing materials such as socks. While it's sometimes a mere nuisance- such as with coprophagia, the form of pica that involves eating feces- pica can lead to serious medical problems if a dog ingests a large rock or sock that becomes lodged in the intestines.