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I have a 9 1/2 year old female boxer.  She weighs approx 60 lbs, is spayed and is still very active.  I was painting my living room last night and caught her licking the fresh (still wet) paint off of the wall.  (water based laytex, satin finish)  She did this several times in different places.  Is she missing something in her diet?  I feed her a mix of Royal Canin Boxer and Bil Jac Fresh Frozen.
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Eating non-edible things is called pica.  It is possible that she has a maldigestion problem.  I would add a good probiotic to her diet, such as I-Flora, or Culterelle, or another acidophilus product available from a good health food store, or your veterinarian.  I would also add digestive enzymes, also available from a heath food store.  Neither of these products is going to hurt her even if this problem is behavioral.  I would also have her stool checked for parasites and giardia.  Have her treated if parasites are found.

She may also simply like the smell and taste of the latex.

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