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Eating Poop!

by Sue
(Richmond, VA)

PLEASE help... Lily eats poop... hers or the other dogs. No matter what I do... tried the "No Drop" that doesn't work... picking it up right away is the only thing; which sometimes cannot be done.

Any suggestions.

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by: heidi

I think there is something you can buy that makes, well at least hers, less tasty??>>

possibly spray that Bitter Apple on it before she encounters it?
does this happen on everyday, routine walks? keep her in heel mode?

I am NO expert, but I had a border collie who did this. Her fav was raccoon. Gross. Maybe bring something distracting that she really loves to throw at her just before she gets to it?

Good luck!

Re: Eating Poop
by: kym

You can try a few things. But the first place I would start is making sure your dogs are on a good quality food.
You can try feeding a little bit of pineapple. This makes the poop taste yucky, but may be difficult to get your dog to eat it.
The second, is a product called 'forbid' this is something that you sprinkle on the food to make it taste yucky too. Usually, you would use for aprox. 3 days.
Hope this helps!

Raw food diet
by: Anonymous

You may want to try a raw food diet. Eating poop is often caused by a nutritional deficit. A good book on the subject is Its Reigning Cats and Dogs.

Recommended book
by: Anonymous

Do you mean 'Its Raining Cats and Dogs' by Hale?

to Heidi Re: raccoon poop
by: jcrply

My comment is for Heidi, whose dog ate raccoon poop. This is far more serious than eating dog poop. Raccoon poop commonly contains a deadly parasite... not deadly to raccoons but deadly to people. Not just disgusting... deadly! Little children touching infected soil or touching the dog who has eaten raccoon poop might put their fingers in their mouths and become infected. So, please, for your own safety, keep dogs and especially children away from raccoon poop. Here is a quote from an online article about it:

"... If you thought childhood couldn’t become any more dangerous, a new study in the September issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases notes that the Raccoons answering the call of nature in urban gardens could spread “raccoon roundworm encephalitis.” The bad news is that a), raccoons like to build latrines in people’s gardens, especially if they are near wooded areas, and b), nothing good for you ends with “encephalitis.”

Here’s the quick and dirty on raccoon roundworm: if you’re a human who manages to ingest the worm’s eggs – and for good measure there can be up to 20,000 per gram of raccoon poop – the larvae don’t turn into worms inside your body. Instead they make their way to the brain and eyes, and… well, you can read the news story at MedPage Today if you want to know precisely what follows. Hint: It involves the word “encyst.”


Eating Poop
by: Anonymous

I have caught my Aussie eating her poop. It started one day when I decided to put a raw egg on her food. She also eats rabbit poop and I'm pretty sure she eats the ferral cat poop out in the woods (where she is not suppose to be). She is 3 now and I haven't seen her eating her poop for a long time. Got to love those aussies!

by: Anonymous

In response to is it raining -- nope, it is reigning :)

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