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Why does my dog .. eat poo?

Your pet doesn’t? That’s great news! But don’t worry if you’ve got this problem – you’re really not alone – it’s a very common problem – read on…..

So, why is it when we give our pets a tasty and healthy diet and make sure they don’t get hungry, they go outside and eat rabbit droppings, or horse or sheep or even worse – their own, unmentionables…? Hmm, well, ask ourselves -  why do we eat that last tasty morsel of pudding when we know, quite categorically, that we’ve eaten enough already – it’s that one last tiny spoonful….

Well, ok, dogs have a completely different view of food. For a start, they obviously have very different thoughts on what’s tasty and what’s not – yeuk! Could you eat smoked (dog) jerky – or even their normal dog food?

There are so many theories on why dogs eat poop

Will we ever know the true answer? Probably not. And does it matter that we don’t know the underlying cause? In this case, usually not. The fundamental thing is that we simply want them to stop it.

In the first instance, and especially if the problem has started suddenly, it’s certainly worthwhile discussing things with your vet, as there can certainly be circumstances where there is an underlying medical problem. Then, once assured that your pet’s ok, we can look at various ways to stop them.

4 steps to fresher breath…..


Pawsability article from PerthLife Magazine November 2005

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