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

@inproceedings{Huo2017ASC,
  title={A Serious Case of Nail-Eating Pica Occurred in a Labrador Dog},
  author={Nairui Huo},
  year={2017}
}
  • N. Huo
  • Published 6 November 2017
  • Medicine
Pica is characterized by special appetite for substances that are largely non-nutritive, such as paper, clay, metal, chalk, soil, glass, or sand [1]. The term itself originates from the Latin word for magpie. This pattern of eating should last for at least one month to fit the diagnosis of pica. Pica has been most widely documented in humans, and also has been reported in cats, dogs, mice and monkeys in response to poisoning [2-5]. There has been some confusion regarding whether or not pica… Expand

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