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    DefaultEATING WOOD OR PLANTS....NOT SURE WHICH ONE, REALLY SICK WITHIN HOURS

    We are at a Montana lake for the summer, which is heaven for us and our 2 yr old English Lab, Luna. The only problem we have is that somewhere between here and the lake, she ingests either a toxic leaf or two, OR, it could be the wood chips that she chomps off the sticks she is retrieving from the lake. Within hours of a lake swim, she is drooling buckets, and perhaps has diarrhea, followed by vomiting. There is usually some kind of vegetation and wood chips in it. She may do this several times during the night, or just have one episode. We've decided that the obvious answer is to scold "no!" to snacking on shrubs on the way to the lake, and chewing on the logs and sticks. We have gotten out her water toys and are treat rewarding her for retrieving them to us. Previous to this, all she wants is a stick or log, the bigger the better. After retrieving a couple of times, she can sit and shred a big log into a toothpick.
    Just wondering if anyone has had a similar experience, what your solution was, are we on the right track. Other dogs come to the lake, and we haven't seen this kind of wood obsession in them.
    Thanks for any advice!

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    Teach "leave it" and remove the temptation wherever possible. Letting it continue can lead to an internal splinter that could truly harm her.

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    Do not allow her to chew a log in to a toothpick or eat unknown vegetation! She could also be vomiting from the water she is ingesting while swimming.
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    It seems obvious to me that until she learns LEAVE IT that you monitor her more closely, perhaps keep her leashed, and don't let her have the opportunity to snack on anything that might be toxic. As well as toxic reaction you are risking perforation and/or obstruction. Do you have a Vet close enough to get to in an emergency in a hurry in Montana?

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    This could also be related to the lake itself if it has any degree of algae bloom.

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    Thanks everyone, for your good advice. I am taking this issue more seriously, and we are launching a "leave it" campaign immediately.

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