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30 November 2008 @ 07:06 pm
bitter apple  
Daisy likes to eat my carpets. Every carpet. Any carpet. She'll chew until they're shredded, and do it so silently she's rarely caught. She finds loose threads, loose corners and PUUULLLS. It's chaos. She's ruined 3 bedroom carpets in as many months.

Today I bought a new carpet because I hate an expanse of cold floor. Our bedroom floor is freezing in the winter. Having no rug is not an option. But I thought ahead. I sprayed the edges all around with bitter apple spray - a "taste deterrent". It stank like rubbing alcohol. I did the whole rim of the rug.

I saw Daisy sniffing at the rug and I thought "ah ha, we shall see." And then nothing. She was lying on the rug sneezing. I thought that would be it. Yucky smell = no chewing.

Then she barfed up everything she ate today. Three times. I guess she really REALLY didn't like the taste.

I don't want to have it on my rug if it is going to make her sick. Already the silly dog is sniffing at the carpet again. She really REALLY loves eating carpets. Is this worth her getting sick over until she learns that eating carpet = sick tummy?


Gambit never vomited after tasting the bitter apple when he chewed stuff as a pup. I wonder if this is an extreme reaction.

Should I be concerned?
Nancy: Stella Bella Blue - little lady 002thebabynancy on November 30th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Personally, I would stop using it immediately. If it were Stella I would stop using it. I guess I'm lucky - Stella does not chew the rugs. The most we have caught her doing it pulling loose threads from the carpet on the stairs. Stella responds well to a firm "No" and/or "Not for puppies" most of the time.

Maybe there's another alternative to this bitter apple taste deterrent spray? Something that does not create such a strong and adverse reaction in Daisy?
Jennylittlesunflower on November 30th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
Daisy unfortunately doesn't respond well to "no!" I say "not for girls!" and "no!" and she immediately cows herself and goes into her "sorry mummy" pose on her belly with her paws up, but then five seconds later, she's doing it again. And I say "NO!" and she looks at me like "I thought you meant just that last time..."
scrambledfishscrambledfish on November 30th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
We had a huge problem as a result of Bandit's carpet eating. What's worked for us was first of all restricting him from carpeted areas if we weren't right there with him (we still do this, he spends lots of time in our fairly large kitchen), and when we're around and he starts to poke at the carpets we give him a little squirt w/a squirt bottle.

I'd recommend taking your dog to the vet now and have him looked at. I only say this b/c Bandit loooooved the carpet at our old place and tore/ate a bunch of it. A month or 2 later he got sick and we took him in. He would have died if we hadn't done emergency surgery the next day and it was b/c of all of the carpet fibers stuck in a big ball in his stomach, blocking everything else from getting out. There was also hair and bone shards from listening to some dumb people who we thought were smart, but mostly it was the carpet fibers b/c he couldn't digest them. Please check just in case if builds up in your dog like it did for ours. If there's anything you can do to avoid the $2000 surgery, it'd be a good idea.

Good luck!
Jennylittlesunflower on November 30th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you. You make a good point, and I do appreciate the warning. I think the vomiting was the bitter apple, not the carpet. Lately Daisy doesn't so much eat the carpet as shred it, but she has vomited large quantities of string in the past. We have that pile carpet that pulls and pulls... I will mention it to the vet and see what she says; money is tight right now, my husband has lost his job, so we want to avoid any visits that aren't urgent - but then, why wait for an emergency?
Danielleseashell_bikini on December 1st, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Our Bugg Tara LOVED the bitter apple spray and would lick it off of stuff. So then we switched to Tabasco sauce. She licked that off too. She eventually just grew out of the chewing. Rhett on the other hand, will get sick and throw up if he eats the apple spray. I put it around the garbage in the bathroom because he likes eating things from there. He hasn't learned yet that eating it will make him throw up. He's not that smart. But I still use it even though he throws up.