|I hear dogs do this sometimes when they are lacking something in their diet. I've also had vets tell me some do it because they just plain ol' like the taste and if they are left outside (like in a backyard) ...some do it because tehy're bored.|
|Some dogs are just crazy poop eaters too. It's a common puppy problem. Clyde was a poop eater for awhile but, thank goodness, he just grew out of it.|
|The reason I have heard that makes more sense to me is that they saw their mother do it to keep their "den" clean and are just doing what they think they're supposed to.|
|My German Shepherd ate poop on a daily basis.
He ate a very good dog food and was not lacking anything in his diet.
He used to walk behind our Toy Poodle and eat it fresh... YUCK!!!!
He genuinely enjoyed it... like a treat. EWWW!!
So for obvious reasons he was not allowed to give us kisses.
|Ollie will do the same, only his own though - so as soon as I see him go in the garden, I'm right behind him - watch out for horse poop too - Ollie can sniff it a mile off and oh washing his mouth and beard is soooooo gross !!!!! eeeuuugh !!!|
|Walter got a hold of some goose poop the other day. I was nervous because I have heard that some birds have toxic poop that is dangerous to other animals.
In our area (Cleveland/Erie Islands) the Cormorants (birds/sp?) are overfishing and killing wildlife in the area, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is actually killing off nests because they believe that the feces from these birds has killed a number of primarily wild animals, but warned that pets could have the same troubles.
Just make sure you know what types of wildlife might be leaving their "presents" on your yard. Other than that, it's just pretty gross.
|Ohhhhhhhhhhh.. that reminds me of when we lived in OK. The park we walked the dogs had bird-dooo EVERYWHERE (on the sidewalk). The two dogs would just go to town.. mostly my maltese. Yuki would stop once we gave her the daily NO. It's sick. She's never eaten her own poo. She has gotten ahold of her sister's poo (left on the puppy pad) which she enjoys. We have to change the puppy pads as soon as it happens now...until we can get a doggy door to our room.|
|This is know as coprophagia. If you do a search on this term, you will get some helpful ideas. Some dogs don't ever stop, and the only thing to do is keep the poop picked up -sometimes literally following behind them!|
|If your dog keeps doing it and you want it to stop you can always buy "Forbid" at the pet store. It used to be that you could get it through your vet only but it has mad eit to over the counter for a while now. Just start with a little on the food and gradually increase it. Some dogs tolerate it well and others dont so you need to start slow just as if you were switching food. It will make the poop taste and smell funny to them but not to us. If the dog eats the cat poo or something from an indoor cat then put it on the cats food. The only side effect is that in certain cases you have to keep using it but usually once they taste the nasty taste of forbid they wont ever try eating poo again.|
|I found the Forbid and it works great. Both Phoebe and Annie love to eat cat poop. Now they completely stay away from the litter box. Now if there was something that would stop them from chasing the cat who is about 17 my life would be great|
|Thats wonderful to hear it has worked for you!
As for chasing the cats....sorry I don't think that will happen.
But you can always pray for a miracle
|haha! the other day on a walk sam was trying to gobble something up from the ground. Usually its food someone left,or a chicken bone. When i held his mouth & grabbed it out it was a big peice of poop... that was now in my hand.|
|Aren't you glad you didn't step in it?|
haha! the other day on a walk sam was trying to gobble something up from the ground. Usually its food someone left,or a chicken bone. When i held his mouth & grabbed it out it was a big peice of poop... that was now in my hand.
If your dog keeps doing it and you want it to stop you can always buy "Forbid" at the pet store. It used to be that you could get it through your vet only but it has mad eit to over the counter for a while now. Just start with a little on the food and gradually increase it. Some dogs tolerate it well and others dont so you need to start slow just as if you were switching food. It will make the poop taste and smell funny to them but not to us..
im glad we can still eat the poo with out it tasting funny!
(hahahaha. its gross. i know i know. i couldnt resist.)
|Brogan and Bridie sometimes eat the poo if they get the chance. Like some of you I clean up after them as quickly as I can hoping they will gradually forget about it. I think it can become a habit too. I have also notice possum poo lying around under the trees near the house and I'm sure I have seen my dogs sniffing it so I clean that up while I'm about it. It's so gross isn't it|
|You can also use monosodium glutimate (sold in the grocery stores as "Accent"). Barney does this on occasion, and I sprinkle 1/4 tsp of MSG on their food and that stops it.|
|I don't know about using MSG George. I know it can make some people sick. I wonder if it would affect dogs in the same way.|
|I swear by Forbid no one even looks at the kitty litter box now nor have I seen anyone pick it up outside. I even told some people at the dog park about it and last night one other lady told me she has had great results from it. No one has any effects from it either|
|I have heard that if your dog eats raw veggies, etc that sometimes their body does not fully digest it and some comes out in the poop- therefore, making it more appealing for them to eat.
Either way- YUCK!!!!!!! Thank goodness Chipper doesn't eat his poop.
|Regarding use of MSG: my source is the recommended solution from the National Humane Society (HSUS.org). For more information, go to the site and enter "coprophagy" in the search bar.|
|Thanks George, that was an interesting read but I didn't see anything about MSG, perhaps I missed it. I wonder if 'For-bid and/or Dis-taste' has it as one of the ingredients.
I might enquire to see if those products are sold here.
|Jess: Here's the quote from HSUS.org
Suggested Solutions for Coprophagy
Because the cause of coprophagy isn't known, no techniques or solutions are known to be consistently successful. However, the following techniques may be effective in resolving the problem:
Treat your pet's food with something that causes his stool to taste bad. A commercial product called 4-BID™ is available through your veterinarian. The same result may be achieved by using the food additive MSG. Based on owners' reports, both of these products work in many cases, but not always. Before using either of these products, consult with your veterinarian.
|Ah yes, thank you George. I must have skipped over it very quickly. How much do you use on your dog's dinner please. Would it be just a sprinkling or........|
|I used 1/2 of a 1/4 tsp sprinkled on the top of Maggies ProPlan kibbles. Apparently it has no taste of itself because I didn't notice her even sniffing it. As I recal it took a couple of days to work through to the waste before Barney just sniffed it and turned away. It only took a couple of weeks to break him of it.
Occasionally he still will eat a piece of his own. But keeping the pen clean is still the best prevention.
If they weren't so generous with their sheepie kisses, I wouldn't even bother about it.
Remember, "Accent" is pure MSG and is inexpensive.
|Thanks again George.|
|Apparently I now have a Poo eater. A wee one by the name of London. Caught her tonight. EEEWWWWWW!!!!!!! Going to try the Accent on her food.|
|Willoughby has discovered cat poo on our walks around the townhouse complex. Any ideas what to do? "No" doesn't have any effect. I try to see ahead where cats may have been and avoid the area but I always miss a spot or two . There are only so many places we can walk. Sigh!|
|Since the active ingredients in For-bid are Wheat Gluten and MSG, I think we can safely assume that MSG is okay in small amounts for dogs.|
|Just to give the heads up, my dogs got really sick from eating poop that we think was either racoon poop or cat poop.
I actually would feel better if they ate their own poop as I know it is not infected with anything. I walk my dogs and pick up immediately upon release so I know anything in the yard is not our's.
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