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How to stop your dog from chewing cords?

List of dangers of your dog chewing on electrical cords and how to prevent and treat it in case of …
Puppy chewing electric cord

Dogs are naturally curious about their surroundings and can be attracted to any number of household items. Unfortunately, most things that appeal to them aren’t usually good for them (and some may even harm them). This is especially true when it comes to electricity. As with many behaviours, why or how they start chewing on cords isn’t always completely clear – there are probably several factors at work here. But once your dog starts eating electric cord insulation, his health will quickly deteriorate due to electrical poisoning.

Why are dogs attracted to power cords?

Here’s what happens… Dogs have a special sense of smell called the vomeronasal organ, which is located above their palate. This organ allows them to “smell” with their nose so they can taste scents as well as smell them. This works out nicely for dogs who love to chew on things – chewing releases odours that help your dog identify another’s territory and communicate with other dogs. While this may seem a little strange to us, it makes perfect sense to them! How does this relate back to our dog’s attraction to power cords? For one thing, cord insulation has an odour that smells like something tasty or spicy (at least humans think so). Dogs also like the texture of the insulation; it reminds them of tree bark or other things they may have chewed on in the wild. The odour combined with the texture leads to chewing, which releases odours and tastes that dogs find very attractive. While some power cords may be made of materials that resist your dog’s bite, others are not so lucky! You can see where this is going – over time, the dog may ingest some of the insulation material which will lead to electrical poisoning. This can cause serious illness including heart arrhythmias, internal burns, seizures, cardiac arrest, respiratory paralysis and even death. Before you think I’m being overly dramatic here – this is a real threat! In fact, an average of 12 electrocutions per year occur in pet dogs from chewing electrical cords ( source ).

In addition to having to deal with your dog’s health issues, you also have to think about replacing the power cords he eats or repairing any damage caused by his chewing. These cost time and money, which is why it’s important for you to take steps now to prevent this behaviour from continuing.

List of dangers of your dog chewing on electrical cords and how to prevent and treat it in case of an injury.

It’s a situation we’ve all been there: at home, in the living room, when suddenly you hear your dog chewing something dangerous. Listen to that noise! It’s not just your imagination. Your dog is chewing on an electrical cord and he will probably be barely visible when you find him. The next thing that comes into our mind is “Oh no!” Would you like to know if your pet needs veterinary care for this? And if so, what dangers exist? Here are some important things about this issue.

First of all, make sure the power has been disconnected before checking out the damage caused by the wire. In addition, review all exposed wires in your home to ensure that they are out of reach and can not be got. Another important thing is to make sure your dog doesn’t chew on them again.

Once this has been done, you need to check the damaged wire. When a dog chews an electrical cord, it releases small amounts of current, causing pain and injury. Just as with other injuries caused by chewing these wires should be treated immediately because it’s possible that if left untreated, could cause serious damage such as insulation failure at temperatures above 75 degrees C or electrical burns from those below 50 ° C.

In addition, if the exposed bare wire comes into contact with water or other fluids in the mouth of your pet could electrocute him. So don’t hesitate to call the vet if you suspect any of this might have happened.

Keep in mind that your dog can also be injured by chewing a cord connected to an electrical source, such as behind a TV or computer. The main dangers of these injuries are burns and electrocution. So, before intervening at home, make sure that all power sources are disconnected. Then check the damage caused by the wire and proceed to treat it appropriately for their safety and yours! If there is crying or resistance when handled, take him immediately to the vet for help.

Other hazards associated with chewing cables include potential ingestion of loose wires (which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, intestinal obstruction and other complications) and insulation fibres (which may cause respiratory problems).

So, now you know the dangers of chewing on electrical cords and how to treat it in case of an injury.

How to stop your dog from chewing cords?

If you are having problems with your dog chewing on electric cords, here are some suggestions that may help:

1) When not in use or when left alone, keep all cords out of reach – either coiled up or put away in a cabinet/drawer/closet where he can’t get them.

2) Make sure the wires are completely insulated so there is no chance of electrical shock.

3) Teach him an alternative “leave it” command so he can grab items with his mouth without jeopardizing your electrical cords.

4) Put bitter apple or another bitter-tasting deterrent on the cords to make them less palatable.

5) Keep him busy with chew toys that he can enjoy instead of electric cords; fill a Kong, bone or other fun toys with peanut butter and then freeze it to provide hours of chewing satisfaction. If you notice any open areas where he has already chewed through the cord insulation, use a hot-glue gun (a cord made specifically for this purpose is also available) to quickly close up those holes before your dog gets at them again. Don’t worry – it won’t electrocute him if you get some hot glue on his fur! As mentioned earlier, there could be several reasons why your dog has this type of behaviour. If you are concerned about your dog’s chewing, here is a list of things to be aware of:

1) He may have attention-seeking behaviours – he gets what you are doing and thinks it’s always “game time” when you’re up to something interesting which includes cords/phones/remote controls that he can chew on. Chewing seems like fun and can be a way for him to relieve boredom or get attention from his pack members (you).

2) He may have ingested some food or items with a high salt content which lead him to believe that cords taste good. Try switching his diet around to see if the problem is away.

3) He may be bored. If he doesn’t get enough exercise each day, the urge to chew on cords could simply be a way of keeping himself busy.

4) He may have some undiagnosed health problems that are causing him pain or discomfort. For example, dental issues can make chewing on objects more appealing because it eases the pain in his mouth – even for a little while. Your dog’s habit could also stem from anxiety or stress if there are other changes in his environment (new baby/spouse, moving house/crate training issue). Some dogs need to know the “rules” and have predictable routines so they don’t feel anxious when everything is up in the air.  

If you cannot determine why your dog has a chewing problem, consider enrolling him in a “doggie boot camp” or hiring a dog trainer to help you address this behaviour. In addition, you may want to take your dog to your veterinarian for an exam and possibly x-rays if he is still eating cords/objects after trying some of the tips above. If it turns out the problem stems from boredom, anxiety or his teeth, then you can rule out any underlying medical problems which could be serious (e.g., cancer, a blood disorder). I also recommend checking with your vet about using the medication as another option to help your furry friend reduce his anxiety levels so that he doesn’t resort to chewing on everything within reach just because he’s bored and wants something fun/easy to do.

Conclusion paragraph: We hope you’ll take this information and prevent your pets from getting injured! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you for taking the time to read our blog post on pet safety– we’re happy that we could help keep your four-legged friends safe and sound!

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