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A Serious Case of Nail-Eating Pica Occurred in a Labrador Dog

  • Open or Close Miss Zeyu Shi1, Hongsen Su2 and Nairui Huo1*

    1College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, Shanxi Agriculture University, China

    2Com Pet Clinic, China

    *Corresponding author: Nairui Huo, College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, Shanxi Agricultural University, Taigu (030800), Jinzhong, Shanxi, PR China, Tel: 13935452616; Email:

Submission: September 28, 2017; Published: November 06, 2017

DOI: 10.31031/APDV.2017.01.000515

ISSN: 2576-9162
Volume1 Issue3


Pica is a kind of eating disorder with nonfood substances. This case report describes a serious case of pica in which a Labrador retriever at the age of 8 weeks ate 54 nails. The corresponding clinical diagnosis is reported and the reasons of this disorder are analyzed. All nails were removed via an abdominal operation. The dog suffering pica in this case was on a balanced diet, showing that pica was not caused by malnutrition. We suggest that pet owners should give more time and accompany to their pets.

Keywords: Spica; Labrador dog; Pica; Nail-eating; Malnutrition

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