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Posted by: Charl | 2010-04-14

Puppy eats poop

My 5 month old puppy insists on eating his own poop regardless of how much food we put in his bowl. Is this a big problem and will he eventually outgrow it?

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Dear Charl

It sounds like you are using a cheap and nasty food. change the diet and things should start to go better.

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Posted by: Cybervet | 2010-04-16

Dear Charl

It sounds like you are using a cheap and nasty food. change the diet and things should start to go better.

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Posted by: Chill | 2010-04-14

They do this for one reason only, and that is because they like it. They can''t help it that we think it''s disgusting.

Pick up often, and try adding a chunk or two of tinned pineapple to the pup''s food - sometimes they don''t like the effect this has on the taste of the end product.

It''s not a sign of any deficiency so don''t worry about that.

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Posted by: ME | 2010-04-14

It is not a shortage of anything usually. They learn it from others. Had the same problem. Do not reprimand the dog. Rather make the poo taste awfule. (lol-but the dog does not think it tastes awful). Some greens(herbs) in the diet will help. I also sprayed the poo with a dog-repellent product.
This behavior is something they learn from the mommy dog.

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Posted by: Dazza | 2010-04-14

Please take your puppy to another vet and get them to check for worms and/or a iron deficiency.
We rescued a 10 month old puppy that was doing exactly the same thing, we were also told by the vet that it was " just one of those things" , well its not. After getting a second opinion we found that he had hook worm and a resultant iron deficiency. One months worth of treatment and he no longer does it and is looking 10 times healthier.

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Posted by: boomsie | 2010-04-14

i think its something the dog is short, we had a labrador
who was eating his dried out poop like biscuits everyday.
and we stay on farm so no use picking it up.
vet said they are like that. bad habbits.

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