I'm a newbie to the site, having joined about 2 months ago. We have 3 dogs - a 4 y/o Pit/Boxer mix, a 4 y/o GSD/Rott mix (both rescues) and an 8 y/o Shih Tzu that we inherited from my mother-in-law when she passed from cancer about 5 years ago. I started them all on a RFD at the beginning of this year after many months of research, and they have done extremely well! Their coats are better, not shedding as much as before, more energy, etc. They get their raw meat and bones in the AM, raw meat in the PM, along with vitamin & enzyme supplements with every meal. They also receive a frozen veggie cube... basically a frozen veggie/fruit smoothie every meal. My question/problem is the following.
Our Pit/Boxer mix started eating fabric about 6-7 weeks ago. Not every day, and not every time we leave them alone. Our dogs are not crated during the day if none of us are at the house, and we have never had a problem with any of them chewing or damaging things around the house. They sleep in their crates at night, but the doors are not closed. Now, about 6-7 weeks ago, we started a kitchen remodel. When he started eating fabric, we assumed that it was because we had to crate the dogs during the day when the construction workers were in the house. He was anxious and not like himself, and we would take him (them) for multiple walks and runs. But we would find scarves, shirts, towels, etc. chewed on with pieces missing. He would vomit the next day, or he would poop it out. We have not had to take him to the vet yet, but we've come close.
He had his annual vet check a few weeks ago and the vet agreed that it was probably the stress of having strangers in the house and being cooped up some days. But the issue is the construction has been completed a couple of weeks ago, yet I have found him still eating fabric. The most recent time was this afternoon. - he ate some of the cover off of one of the dog beds. The research I've seen could suggest a mineral deficiency. That is my question - could he have a mineral deficiency, and if so, which one? Has anyone else had a similar experience?
Sorry for the long post for such a simple question... I wanted to provide some back history of what he has been through. Other than this problem, he is an outstanding dog - well trained and he thinks he's a 65# lapdog!
Any help would be appreciated before we take him to the vet for some blood work (or whatever he will do!)