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Eating rabbit poop is certainly disgusting, but is it harmful too? Our walks have turned into a virtual rabbit turd buffet. Can't go a few steps without her snuffling in the grass for a morsel. I keep telling her that a beautiful, purebred Havanese lady should not be scarfing up rabbit poop. It's just not appropriate behaviour for one so beautiful.



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do you feed kibble?

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do you feed kibble?
Feeding kibble has nothing to do with eating rabbit scat any more than feeding a raw diet has to do with eating road kill.

Dogs are scavengers, period. They will be tempted to eat anything that is appealing to smell. The best defense against ingesting undesirable substances is consistent training in the "leave it" command.

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Eating rabbit poop is certainly disgusting, but is it harmful too?
We had some rabbits in our back yard and went through a period of this as well. I talked with our vet who said you don't want to let the pups eat it routinely (use the 'leave it' command like someone else said). But she added while there is some risk, it is very minimal and no cause for panic if they happen to get some before you notice and can get the leave it command executed.

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We live in the country, and there is NO WAY to keep rabbits out of the yard or keep the dogs from eating and rolling in it. (even better!!!) While I have read there is a POSSIBILITY of them picking something up this way, it is slight. My vet just shrugs her shoulders about it. My dogs have never gotten sick from it.

As far as the smell? I keep Nature's Miracle wipes by the door, which REALLY works to take the smell off them after they roll in it, and Petzlife gel, which, as well as loosening tartar, is minty smelling, and at least masks the rabbit poop smell in their mouths!

However, my dogs don't get a chance to eat rabbit poop or anything else on walks... When we are walking, we are WALKING, not sniffing things.


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Feeding kibble has nothing to do with eating rabbit scat any more than feeding a raw diet has to do with eating road kill.

Dogs are scavengers, period. They will be tempted to eat anything that is appealing to smell. The best defense against ingesting undesirable substances is consistent training in the "leave it" command.

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some say there's a link . I have found talking to many trainers over the years that dogs on raw seldom are poop eaters ;;
http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...et-habits.aspx

http://www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/ev...ry_supplements

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some say there's a link . I have found talking to many trainers over the years that dogs on raw seldom are poop eaters ;;
http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...et-habits.aspx

http://www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/ev...ry_supplements
OTOH, I know lots of people who feed exclusively raw, and I don't know many who will turn their nose up at rabbit, deer, fox or cat turds. I DON'T know any dogs on raw that eat their OWN poop, but I also know lots of dos on other diets that don't either.

Raw is one great way to feed your dogs well, but it's not the only way. Nor will it always keep dogs from eating (or rolling in) yucky stuff.


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Ok, I guess I won't worry. In answer to Dave's question, yes she does eat kibble. She knows the leave it command and the drop it command, but only if I have something good in my hand. Or if she has something "good" in her mouth, she wolfs it down before I can even get the words out of my mouth! Walking? She will walk, but seems to like to sniff around before going potty so I feel I have to let her do some exploring.



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yeah Karen who knows if rabbit poop is more appealing than dog poop. lol I am just trying to point out a correlation with diet according to these articles. We don't have to believe them.

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Ok, I guess I won't worry. In answer to Dave's question, yes she does eat kibble. She knows the leave it command and the drop it command, but only if I have something good in my hand. Or if she has something "good" in her mouth, she wolfs it down before I can even get the words out of my mouth! Walking? She will walk, but seems to like to sniff around before going potty so I feel I have to let her do some exploring.
yeah I wouldn't worry about it, just don't kiss her. lol

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